Current Activities in Longterm Care
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Themed Scrabble

Up to four persons with early to middle dementia

Benefits:
  • Helps maintain cognitive skills
  • Enhances social interaction
  • Promotes communication

Materials needed:
  • A set of cards (approximately 3"x3"), each one with a letter written on it.  Cards can be in
    a variety of different colors, or all of the same color.
  • Pens and paper for all participants.

Steps to follow:
  • Invite participants to choose a theme for the game (e.g., seasons, colors, holidays,
    persons’ names, etc.).

  • Start the game with the longest word related to the chosen theme, and invite participants
    to build out from it, connecting other words.

  • Write down all the words, and at the end of the game, encourage the elders to use them
    to create a poem.

This activity can be extended by having a person read the poem aloud and then encouraging
participants to share memories and feelings elicited by the reading. You may want to stimulate
the elder’s memory by asking questions like:
  • How does the reading make you feel?  [Happy, joyful, relaxed, hopeful?]
  • Does it bring back memories of a person or event in particular?
  • Can you describe this person/event?

Notes:
Arrange for volunteers to read letters and words for residents who have poor eyesight, so that
they, too, can enjoy participating in the game.

A growing body of evidence shows that engaging in leisure mental activities—including
Scrabble, checkers, and chess—helps preserve cognitive functions longer and improves the
overall quality of life of older adults suffering from dementia.

For more activities such as this, check out Research-Based Person-Centered Therapeutic
Activities, by Lorena Tonarelli, M.Sc. Sold at www.care4elders.com.

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