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Raewyn Stollery Diversional Therapist United Kingdom
I had a lot of luck using these strategies
Activities with food and prizes
Let me know if you need more ideas or more help getting people to activities
I worked for many years on an dementia assessment unit and found that person centered activities and career type activates work the best. E.g. if you have a plumber getting lots of pipes to engage with really works, this type of activity prompts long term memories and makes the person feel useful. within a group for advanced clients have you tired balloon tennis, having large balloons and passing this around will engage people for a long time. Having themed reminisced boxes is also a good activity that clients will usually engage with.
We also try to keep them engaged by scheduling activities back to back so they stay interested. I always like to have a cart with extra activities for those who need something busy, have all the supplies ready to go so I don’t have to leave so I can keep them engaged. I like to play music during my activities.
2:30 games & puzzles
3:00 flower arrangements
3:45 sorting, rummaging & folding