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By Susan Berg, CDP, AD, BS(COTA/L)
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Susan Berg has been a
healthcare professional and
educator for over 20 years. She
is the, activity director, of
many years, at Hunt Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center in
Danvers. While there, she has
gained much dementia care
and activity experience and
knowledge. She has had
special training in dementia
care and dementia activities
through the Alzheimer’s
Association and other
educational forums. Berg is the
author of Adorable
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Loved Ones, and Involved
Professionals, a book for those
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January is Hot Hot Hot with Activity Ideas
January features some national hots. What do I mean by this? January is national hot
tea month and national soup month. Technically some soups are served cold, but most
are served hot.
Let’s start with national hot tea month. There is a wealth of activity ideas that go along
You can talk about tea trivia. Go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.
com/2010/11/celebrate-hot-tea-month.html for some hot tea trivia
Ask how many types of tea can you name as a group.
Go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2010/11/celebrate-hot-tea-month.html for a
list of types of teas as well. Then ask group members for their favorite tea to drink.
At the previously mentioned post http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.
com/2010/11/celebrate-hot-tea-month.html health benefits of tea are also discussed.
Another thing you can discuss is what you(members of your audience) have with tea
You, of course, can plan and then have a tea party.
How about singing songs about tea? Go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.
com/2010/11/songs-about-tea.html for some song ideas
What about playing a word game with the word “tea”
For low functioning folks, you could simply ask. “How many words can we think of that
start with the letter, “T”. If they have trouble thinking of words, you can give hints by
pointing to objects showing pictures or giving participants a choice of two.
You can have them think of sayings or song titles that have the word tea in them. Here
are a few suggestions
Tea for Two
Go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2010/11/tea-sayings.html for more.
For the highest functioning, ask them to think of words that have the word, ”tea”, in it. For
example, the word steam has the word tea in it. This is a good mind stretching
exercise. I bet you will be surprised how many words your residents can come up with.
You can do this as a group activity, a 1:1 activity or just distribute a handout with
directions on it,
January is also National Soup Month
How many types of soup can your audience name? Go to http://activitiesdirector.
blogspot.com/2010/11/types-of-soup.html for suggestions on different types of soup.
You can then discuss soup recipes. Most people have their favorites. For lower
functioning residents have a game of ,”Would You Put This In Soup?”
First decide what kind of soup you are making. Then name objects, have pictures of
objects, or have the actual items available. You can tell some pretty funny stories about
ingredients people want to put in the soup.
Speaking of soup, you can read and discuss soup stories. Some good stories are,
“Chicken Soup for the Soul”, stories. Even though these stories are not about soup, I
am sure you can make a connection. Make sure to plan a cooking group making soup.
You can use soups previously discussed or make a soup with an easy to follow recipe.
I bet you did not know that there are a lot of jokes about soup. As you know laughter is
the best medicine so go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2010/11/soup-humor.
html for a series about soup humor.
Finally, you or some higher functioning residents can design some soup, vegetable or
tea word searches as suggested in my November article.
So design an activity calendar for January that is hot, hot, hot with activity ideas. I am
sure these ideas will help you do just that.
If you have any questions, make sure to visit http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com and
leave your question in the comment section.