Dementia activity tip- Scaling activities

August 22, 2007

The simplest things can be the most rewarding. A friend gave me an atelier route booklet in which all the photos were printed in black and white.  It came with a pack of coloured photographs with self-adhesive backing that you could match up with the correct black & white photos in the book and stick in yourself.

I made this booklet into an activity on 3 different levels with 3 different residents today.

1 With Mr. M. who doesn’t understand the content at all, we simply matched two colour photos to the right black and white ones. He needed assistance with that, but he helped me peel the backings away, and after I placed them, he patted the corners down.

2 With Mrs. R. we talked about the various artworks pictured and easily matched up the coloured to the black and white photos.

3 With Mrs. B. who has excellent understanding, we discussed the route, the art and the artists, and sticking the photos in was simply a side issue. However, since she can’t use her hands well, we peeled off the backings together and stuck them down together.

I loved this activity, it was so elegant and simple and satisfying. I will have to design more similar projects where simple images can be matched up and stuck on, without scissors, glue or anything really!

2 Responses to “Dementia activity tip- Scaling activities”

  1. Sue Lanza Says:

    Great ideas. Also, the use of photos can be part of a reminiscence program to stimulate memories or as a starter for conversations. Where can people find these self stick photos that you mention?

    Keep up the interesting art ideas for people with dementia.


  2. szoutewelle Says:

    Hi Sue,
    thanks for your suggestion.
    The self-stick photos were simply part of a project by an artist’s group here to promote an atelier route in their area. One off, and not purchasable. I saw it and adapted it to my work with people with dementia.
    I am thinking of some simple ways to imitate it though. More on that at a later date.

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