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Solange 8th Apr 2012 Diversional Therapist
Hi Catherine, I know what you are saying; it is very challenging to engage residents actively in activities. My suggestions would be to keep trying different levels of difficulty. If your clients suffer from second or third stage dementia it is better not to present too many activities that require spoken answers. Try puzzles, sorting by color and size; singing, coloring, easy crafts and daily living activities. By doing this sort of activities they eventually gain some confidence and you can go on to other things. Continue with the smaller group sessions, with the help of volunteers if possible. This way participants can have the attention and assistance they require. All the best!

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