Current Activities in Longterm Care
Kate Lynch, Editor
www.activities4elders.com/
KATE LYNCH
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A Christmas Card
One-to-one or small group (up to four persons)

It is extremely important for Alzheimer’s elders in the first stage of the disease, who tend to
become socially withdrawn and depressed, to maintain their ability to express their feelings.
This simple Christmas activity is a therapeutic art exercise used in clinical practice to allow
patients to communicate their thoughts, wishes, and expectations from other people.

Therapeutic Benefits

  • Promotes concentration
  • Allows for meditation.
  • Provides sense of accomplishment.

What You Need

  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Blank Christmas greeting cards.
  • Magazines.

What to Do

Each participant chooses a card and clips from magazines words or short sentences that are
of particular significance to them. The cut-out material is then arranged on the inside of the
cards to create a short Christmas poem or song.

Invite the elders to use their poem, or song, to express

  • thoughts;
  • feelings;
  • wishes; and
  • hopes.

It’s important to allow participants time to reflect on what they feel about Christmas, and what
they would really want and need for that special occasion, such as a particular present, a visit
from a special person, or going someplace they always wanted to go.

Variance: If you are planning this activity for a group, consider that often, participants spend
most of their time flipping through the magazine pages in search of words and sentences, and
have no time left to complete their task. It is therefore recommended to allow them to cut out
material in advance, during a separate session.

Tip: Be aware of cultural and religious differences within the group. Before the activity, find out
whether there are participants who are not familiar with Christmas traditions, and plan
alternatives taking into account their religious and cultural background.

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