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Sherry 20th Mar 2019 Activity Director
Spot The Difference exercise is too difficult for residents that have dementia. The attention span is not there, plus their vision is not at 100%. I am looking for more cognitive exercises like; Which One Is Different or the riddles, where each person in a group of four can have a chance at the answer and call it out, when it is their turn. I traverse three different board and care homes, three days a week, as the Activity Director. I print out, from you site, cognitive work, that as an individual, they can answer. They don't get any paper work, other than the songs we sing. Those I print in big font, put them in a plastic sleeve, for each resident. All my residents have some form of dementia. Thank you for your site and I am sure we call all help each other. Sherry C.
Talita 20th Mar 2019
Thanks for your feedback Sherry! As you pointed out, it's important to choose and adapt activities based on the abilities of your residents.
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer
Hi Sherry,

Thanks for sharing - I agree the only paperwork we give out is for sing-alongs, too!

I've had great success with Idioms or Finish my Sentence exercises when working with residents with dementia. Here are some articles I've used from Golden Carers:

Susan 21st Apr 2019 Activity Director
Hi Sherry i like Molly's ideas

Don't be afraid to make up your own or ask higher functioning residents to help you make up things for other residents
Sherry 21st Apr 2019 Activity Director
Thank you Molly,

I have used the proverbs, but will print out the animal idioms. I know have a large binder, filled with many different cognitive activities. We are all helping one another, by all of these great suggestions. My residents really look forward to the time they have with me.


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