These materials have been created to enrich the lives of men and women whose activities have become limited due to Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia or cognitive conditions.
These activities may stimulate thinking and memory. Always adjust the level of the activity so that it stimulates, but does not frustrate, the person.
1. Conventional word search by a solo Player or a Player and Partner. Special design considerations include:
– Large, sans-serif type face.
– Hidden words appear horizontally (left to right) or vertically (top down).
– No words are printed diagonally, backward, or upside-down.
2. Partner names a word and Player points to the correct picture.
3. Partner points to a picture and Player finds the word in the list.
4. Identification. Partner points to a picture and inquires, “What is that?”
5. Most pages can be used for exercises in:
a) counting objects
b) identifying colours.
6. Reasoning stimulus:
a) Partner points to an object and inquires, “What is that used for?”
b) Partner points to an action picture and inquires, “What are they doing?”
7. Memory stimulus, which is quite natural as a follow up to any of the activities above:
a) “Have you used one of those? … Tell me about it.”
b) “Have you done that? … Tell me about it.”
8. Story-telling stimulus. Partner uses a picture to illustrate conversation. A story may be invented, using the various pictures on a page to create the plot.
At least eight variations enable fitting the activity to the person..
25 different activity pages, plus 8 suggested variations for their use.
With this download, you receive PDF files from which you can print as many puzzle pages as you wish as long as you wish for free distribution to end users. (Resale or republication of the files or print copies is prohibited.)
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