Treasured Memories is designed for play by older people in day centres, hospitals or residential care and encourages players to recall people, events, things and stories from their past.
This game will help trigger players to share memories that might otherwise stay forgotten and at the same time they can socialise, develop friendships, reminisce and enjoy themselves. Benefits include exercising long-term memory, assisting with a life review process, helping individuals maintain their identity and providing social support.
Game Board, playing pieces and large dice. 100 question cards recalling events from the past such as “did you ever see a silent movie?” and 48 action cards with activities such as “demonstrate how to pump a bicycle tyre”.
Who Will Benefit from this Activity?
Treasured memories will be most enjoyed by people in the early to moderate stages of dementia, although people in the later stages of dementia will benefit from the enjoyment of the interaction and conversation of the activity. The outcome of the activity may vary depending on the person’s ability, however for people with dementia, it is important to remember that when participating in the activity, the focus should not be about the activity itself, but the quality and enjoyment of the interaction. It is the enjoyment of the activity that will contribute to their overall sense of happiness and well-being.
If you need help choosing an appropriate activity for someone affected by dementia, click here to view our guidelines.