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in her ADVANCE blog. for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® .” Jennifer uses activities in therapy as a creative way to address attention.com/SPGeriatricBlog. You can adjust the level of difficulty of each task to a patient’s ability. problem-solving. Contents Reminisce over Post Cards Relax with Music Paint for Fun Garden and Gab Name That Tune Newspaper Activities Sorting Tasks For Holidays and Every Day For more ideas. MA. CCC-SLP.T his e-book collects some of the most popular activities discussed “Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services. by Jennifer Kay-Williams. read Jennifer’s blog at www.advanceweb. memory. expressive language and other issues.

PHILADELPHIA Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® . categorizing. descriptive concepts. Patients love to talk about local attractions they are familiar with. travel guides and photographs to target attention. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! Click here to see another photograph! JEFFREY LEESER/ADVANCE THANKS ATRIA SENIOR LIVING. past memory/reminiscing. short-term memory. Post cards from elsewhere may facilitate communication about favorite vacations or descriptions of the pictures. problem-solving and expressive language at a variety of levels. Post cards can be kept in mini photo albums and organized by theme or place.GERIATRICS Reminisce over Post Cards Look at and talk about post cards. Local post cards are a great way to target memory and language skills via reminiscence tasks.

com/galecontent/melodic-intonation-therapy) and Early Aphasia Therapy for the Clinic and Home. by Emily Pietz Porter. even those who are struggling to communicate years post-stroke. hum. Good resources are Melodic Intonation Therapy (www. phrases and sentences in songs.GERIATRICS Relax with Music Singing activities help patients relax and produce more words. phoenixville . Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! Click here to see another photograph! Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® Kyle Kielinski/ADVANCE THANKS ATRIA SENIOR LIVING. Music can stimulate memories in some patients. or move their bodies with the music.healthline. Patients who are nonverbal or in the late stages of dementia can smile. When visiting church groups and music groups perform. patients love to sing or hum along. wave their hands. which includes songs familiar to many seniors and target phrases sung with the patient to foster production of functional communication and greetings. Consider a variety of therapy activities that include music and song.

problem-solving along the way. problem-solving. Therapy goals may include descriptive language. while lower-level patients will require pre-mixed or primary colors. Discuss where to start a painting and how to progress. conversational speech for articulation/ intelligibility and expressive/receptive language. sequencing. and expressing preferences. offering opinions. following directions.GERIATRICS Paint for Fun Painting is a great activity for higher-level patients. Click here to see another photograph! Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® JEFFREY LEESER/ADVANCE THANKS ATRIA SENIOR LIVING. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! Higher-level patients can work on colormixing. Incorporate set-up and clean-up into the session. PHILADELPHIA . Allow two to three sessions to complete a painting. receptive language. Some patients will need more assistance and may only be able to fill in large areas of color. attention to task. Reassure them that the activity is for fun so they don’t get frustrated.

GERIATRICS Garden and Gab This activity can be as basic as planting seeds and watering plants. Provide seasonal flowers so patients can make centerpieces for the dining room. Click here to see another photograph! Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® JEFFREY LEESER . a holiday party or their own room. and the flowers can be reused. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! While having fun. offering opinions. and expressing preferences. attention to task. Geriatric residents get very excited watching plants grow. conversational speech. you can address descriptive language. Flower arranging with artificial flowers is a fun alternative.

computers and video games and enjoy trying new things. Provide a stack of CDs from different eras and genres. Avoid pop culture references to new songs and movies that patients aren’t familiar with if they become confused or hurt when caregivers use them. Some have embraced modern music. and ask residents to guess the title and artist. Click here to see another photograph! Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® JEFFREY LEESER/ADVANCE THANKS ATRIA SENIOR LIVING.GERIATRICS Name That Tune Play snippets of a song. and let patients take turns selecting the music for an activity. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! But don’t assume that all patients are not interested. PHILADELPHIA . They may feel they are being laughed at.

and use them in therapy activities. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! Cut out pictures from magazines to make themed collages with patients. PHILADELPHIA Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® . such as favorite foods or animals. expressing opinions and reading skills. pragmatic skills. Read advice columns and letters to the editor to talk about opinions and formulate expressive language. Magazines also can be used to address communication tasks. Comic strips are great for addressing interpretation of humor. Find magazines that address a patient’s interests.GERIATRICS Newspaper Activities Use newspaper articles for memory tasks. Click here to see another photograph! JEFFREY LEESER/ADVANCE THANKS ATRIA SENIOR LIVING.

JEFFREY LEESER/ADVANCE THANKS ATRIA SENIOR LIVING. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! Keep a plastic box of old jewelry on hand that includes large clip-on earrings. Fishing lures also can be used for a sorting task. kitchen items.GERIATRICS Sorting Tasks Patients with decreased cognitive skills enjoy sorting tasks. picture cards. (Chains tend to get tangled. Remove the hooks and have patients organize the lures in an inexpensive tackle box. PHILADELPHIA Click here to see another photograph! Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® . clothes. or the therapist can make a grocery list and ask patients to look for coupons for the items on the list. bracelets and chunky beaded necklaces. Other objects that lend themselves to sorting tasks are tools. shapes and utensils. Coupons can be used in problemsolving and money management tasks. Patients can sort coupons into categories. playing cards.) Patients can decide which earrings match a necklace or bracelet.

animals or pets. Click here to read a tip from Jennifer! Create collages that have a holiday theme or involve family. Click here to see another photograph! Reset Page for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists® JEFFREY LEESER . family members and other residents around holidays. Have patients fill “goody bags” for staff. historical eras and events. etc. They can write greeting cards or post cards to send to family or give to other residents. The kitchen at your facility may provide many of the ingredients. Check for dietary restrictions. meaningful activities can address cognitive-linguistic and communication goals on holidays and throughout the year. Patients may enjoy putting icing on store-bought cookies or making sandwiches or smoothies. hobbies.GERIATRICS For Holidays and Every Day Many simple.