Celebrating World Alzheimer's Month with Skills That Matter
Hello, fabulous therapists! September is World Alzheimer's Month, and we're focusing on improving attention and cognition skills, especially for Alzheimer's patients. Learn how games can help enhance these skills and boost active participation in rehabilitation!
Games to Energize Your Therapy Sessions
1️. Trivia Night
Skills Targeted: Attention, Recall, and Information Processing
Tip: To keep the energy high and to cater to different cognitive levels, vary the categories or get competitive, by playing as a group.
2️. Kitchen Mixin'
SkillsTargeted: Sequencing, Attention, and Working Memory
Tip: After your patient completes a recipe, ask them to summarize the steps. This reinforces the sequencing and aids memory.
3️. Sequence It
Skills Targeted: Logical Sequence, Planning, and Problem-Solving
Tip: Use the game as a conversation starter about the significance of each step in the sequence, further enhancing cognitive engagement.
4️. Plinko Party
Skills Targeted: Attention, Visual Scanning, and Decision Making
Tip: Encourage your patients to strategize before releasing the chip. Ask them why they chose a particular slot to reinforce decision-making skills.
5️. Word Search
Skills Targeted: Visual Scanning, Word Recognition, and Focus
Tip: Use the settings to add a layer of complexity that demands attention and quicker information processing.
6️. Grocery Grab
Skills Targeted: Planning, Categorization, and Spatial Awareness
Tip: Make it more challenging by having them guess the price before they cash out, this incorporates math and financial planning into the mix.
7️. Spooky Spiders
Skills Targeted: Hand-Eye Coordination, Visual Tracking, and Focus
Tip: For an added cognitive twist, narrate a story behind the activity. Why are we capturing these spiders? Imagination stokes cognition!
Let's not just observe World Alzheimer's Month; let's participate! These games not only offer a fresh and engaging approach to traditional therapy but also make a significant impact on your resident’s attention and cognitive skills. Happy gaming, therapists! Let's make this September count for something extraordinary.
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