We would like to take a moment to reach out to all of you and wish you a happy first day of spring. Our hope with this issue is to bring you some ways to disconnect from the television and social media during this time of social distancing. There are several links to games and virtual tours below that we hope you can take advantage of. We also have a selection of games in the office that we can get to you, if needed. If we can be of assistance in any way, please let us know.
Sincerely, The SLS Staff
We have an assortment of available games, puzzles, and activities available at the office that we can get to you.
The Tray Game
The tray game is a firm favorite among seniors, particularly in nursing homes and assisted living since it can be played solo, or as a part of a team, and can be set up incredibly easily, requiring next to no preparation.
All you need to do is take a tray and fill it with an assortment of random items. These can be any items you like from any room in the building, or even from the garden. You’ll want around 10-20 items, varying depending on the mental capacity of the seniors you’re playing with.
Simply present the tray with the items and allow the seniors to remember as many items as possible within a certain limit. This can vary, but around 5-10 minutes will be more than enough. You then remove the tray, give everybody a pen and paper and they simply write down as many items as they remember.
This is predominantly a memory-orientated game that can provide many benefits in the mental area. You may want to set up teams, which can then include a social and team-building aspect.
This is perhaps the easiest yet one of the most challenging mental tasks out there, and it’s sure to leave you laughing when you realize how difficult it actually is. Brain yoga includes simple tasks that you carry out with your mind using your body, in the aim of improving your hand-eye coordination, motor abilities and improving your neural pathways and, therefore, your mental abilities.
A simple task to get started:
- Make a fist with your left hand and then raising your thumb.
- Holding this, make a fist with your right hand but extend your pinkie finger.
- Now switch them over.
Not as easy as it may seem, right?
There are countless variations of this kind of activity which you can experiment with, whether that’s raising a finger, your toes, an arm, or rubbing your stomach and patting your head. Whatever activity you decide upon, each one will help to improve and develop your muscle memory, as well stimulate the grey matter in your brain.