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International Day of Families - Friday, 15 May

Updated: May 14



Start this themed CST activities page by asking members to discuss their own family. Perhaps ask them ahead of time to bring an old, or recent, family photograph (with names on the back), so they can introduce their family to the group.


Take great care during this session to make sure you know a little about members' family lives, as they may not have been so happy. Through biographical assessment, be aware of loves and losses. Adjust content accordingly.


Some discussion points:


- How big are/were members families?

- What were mother's and father's names and jobs?

- Where did they grow up?

- Was their family a large or small one?

- Did they have brothers and sisters, or were they only children?


What about now? Ask members to say a little about their spouse and/or children. (Again, take care!)



Show members this photo of the Radford family, from Morecombe, Lancashire. They have, as of last count, had 21 children. They own their own bakery, so are not reliant upon state benefit. Sue, aged 44, and Noel, aged 48, are currently expecting their 22nd child.


Discuss with the group the pros and cons of having a large family.




ACTIVITY 1 - IDIOMS


Ask members to complete the following phrases together:


Adam And EVE

Flesh And BLOOD

Kith And KIN

Run in the FAMILY

Chip off the old BLOCK

The apple doesn’t fall far from the TREE

Like father like SON

Big BROTHER

Bob’s Your UNCLE

Father FIGURE

Mother's PRIDE

Throw the baby out with the BATH WATER

Black sheep of the FAMILY

The apple of your EYE

Blood is thicker than WATER Follow in someone’s FOOTSTEPS

Spitting IMAGE

Born with a silver spoon in your MOUTH

Pride and JOY

Happy FAMILIES

Family TREE



ACTIVITY 2 - PICTURE AND MUSIC QUIZ


1. Identify these members of the Royal Family?

Who are the other children of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip?

(What do people think of the monarchy? What about Harry and Megan leaving for a private life in Canada?)



2. Here is another Royale Family. Name the characters in this photo?

The mother and father in this TV comedy series previously worked together in which TV soap?




3. Name the TV series?

And the family?




4. Name the TV comedy series?

And the characters and actors?



5. It's time for our first song. What is the name of this pop group?

Ask members to name the brothers in the photo?

Ask members to complete some of their song titles:


- Jive .......

- You Should Be .......

- How Deep Is Your ....

- Stayin' .....

- Night .....

- Too Much ......

- You Win .....



Time for a singalong. Here is a link to one of their songs, 'Night Fever' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ihs-vT9T3Q





6. Name the TV comedy horror show?

Name the characters?




7. Name the TV comedy show? And the family?

Which actress played Mum?

Name as many different types of (title of show) as you can?




8. Name the TV comedy series? Name the characters and actors?

Who wrote the song which this series used in its title music?




9. Name the TV comedy series?

Name the characters and actors?

(Do members have a favourite sketch?)




10. Name the pop group?

Complete some of their song titles:


- I Get ......

- Help Me ......

- Sloop John .

- God Only .....

- Good ..........

- Wouldn't It Be ....


Here's s link to 'God Only Knows', for the next singalong - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOMyS78o5YI




11. Name the family TV series?

Name either of the older boy's number 1 UH hits?

(Did anyone have his poster on their bedroom wall?)




12. Name the (now politically incorrect) TV comedy series?

What was the loudmouth bigot's name, and the actor who played him?




13. Name the TV drama series & the family?

Who shot JR?




14. Name the TV comedy series?

Name the two adult characters and actors?

And the baby?

(Ask members to do their best "Oo Betty!")




15. Name the brother and sisters?

Complete some of their song titles:


- They Long To Be Close .. ..

- We've Only Just .....

- For All We ....

- Goodbye To ....

- Yesterday Once ....

- Top Of The .....

- Please Mr .......

- There's A Kind Of ....

- Calling Occupants Of ............ .....



Here's the next song, 'Top Of The World' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fDYbvQgaIU





16. Name the TV drama series?

What was said at the end of every episode?

Have a go at naming the children?




17. Name the TV comedy?

Name the characters and actors?

What was the horse's name?




18. Name the TV comedy series?

Name the characters in this picture?

And the town in which they live?




19. Name the TV comedy horror?

Name the characters? Which horror characters are they based on?




20. Name the pop star family?

The youngest two brothers had hit singles with what two records, one about a dog and one about a UK city?



Our next song is, of course the song about the dog - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMy4VbQyoGk




21. Name the TV comedy series?

Which actor went on to become a successful Hollywood movie director?

Who is the chap top left of the photo with the Brylcreem'd hair, and which actor played him?




22. Name the TV comedy series?

And the characters and actors?




23. Name the TV comedy series?

Name the two families?

Which actor on the far left went on to star in the 1989 movie 'When Harry Met Sally'?




24. Name this family pop group?

They had a top 3 hit with which song in 1979?



Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbAM2_6jKY0




25. Name this family pop group?

The youngest brother went on to have a superstar career. Complete some of his song titles:


- Got To Be .....

- Rockin' .....

- Don't Stop 'Til You Get ......

- Off The ....

- She's Out Of My ....

- Beat ..

- Billie ....

- Man In The ......

- Heal The .....

- Earth ....


Here's the final song for the picture quiz, 'Ben' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g40WCBaUXR4




ACTIVITY 3 - KARAOKE




Here are some family related songs for a group singalong, with YouTube link and full lyrics.



Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - The Andrews Sisters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcyiC79l910


I wrote my mother I wrote my father And now I'm writing you too I'm sure of mother I'm sure of father Now I wanna be sure of you Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Just remember that I've been true to nobody else but you So just be true to me Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Don't start showing off all your charms in somebody else's arms You must be true to me I'm so afraid that the plans we made underneath those moonlit skies Will fade away and you're bound to stray if the stars get in your eyes So, don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me You're my L-O-V-E. Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Just remember that I've been true to nobody else but you So just be true to me Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me Anyone else but me, anyone else but me No! No! No! Don't start showing off all your charms in somebody else's arms You must be true to me I'm so afraid that the plans we made underneath those moonlit skies Will fade away and you're bound to stray if the stars get in your eyes So, don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me



My Old Man's A Dustman - Lonnie Donegan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7GeZ3YmONw


Now heres a little story, To tell it is a must About an unsung hero, That moves away a dust

Some people make a fortune Others earn a mint My old man dont earn much Infact, hes flippin skint!

My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat He looks a propa 'nana in his great big hobnail boots Hes got such a job to pull 'em up that he calls 'em daisy roots

Some folks give tips at Christmas And some of them forget So when he picks their bins up He spills some on the step Now one old man got nasty And too the council wrote Next time my old man went round there He punched him up the throat!

My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat I say i say i say Les Yeah? I, er, i found a police dog in my dustbin How'd you know he's a police dog? He had a policeman with him! Though my old mans a dustman Hes got a heart of gold He got married recently Though hes 86 years old We said 'here, hang on dad. youre getting past your prime!' He said 'when you get my age it helps to pass the time!' My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat I say I say I say Eh? My dusbins full of lilies! Well throw them away then! I cant, Lillie's wearing them! Now one day whilst in a hurry He missed a ladies bin He hadnt gone but a few yards when she chased after him "What game do you think your playing?!" She cried straight from the heart "Youve missed me! am i too late?" Nah jump up on the cart! My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat I say... I say... I say... Not you again! My dustbin's absoloutely full of toadstools How do you know its full? Cause theres not mushroom inside! He found a tigers head one day Nailed to a piece of wood The tiger looked quite miserable But I suppose he should! Just then from out the window A voice began to wail... it said 'Oy, wheres me tigers 'ead?' Four foot from its tail! My old mans a dustman He wears a dustmans hat He wears cor-blimey trousers And he lives in a council flat Next time you see a dustman Looking all pale and sad Dont kick him in the dustbin It might be my old dad...!



The Family Of Man - The Spinners

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll4xVSGVDik


The family of Man keeps growing The family of Man keeps sowing The seeds of a new life every day

I belong to a family, the biggest on the earth Ten thousand every day are coming to birth Our name isn't Davis, Hall, Groves, or Jones It's a name every man should be proud he owns

I've got a sister in Melbourne, a brother in Paris The whole wide world is dad and mum to me Wherever you go you'll find my kin Whatever the creed or the colour of the skin

The miner in the Rhondda, the coolie in Peking The men across the ocean who plough, reap and spin They've got a life and others to share it So let's bridge the oceans and declare

From the North Pole ice to the snow at the other There is not a man I wouldn't call brother But there isn't much time, I've had my fill Of the men of war who intend to kill

Some people say the world's a horrible place But it's just as good or bad as the human race Dirt and misery or health and joy Man can build or can destroy.



Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkaKwXddT_I


You who are on the road Must have a code that you can live by And so become yourself Because the past is just a good-bye. Teach your children well, Their father's hell did slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they picks, the one you'll know by. Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry, So just look at them and sigh And know they love you.

And you, of tender years, Can't know the fears that your elders grew by, And so please help them with your youth, They seek the truth before they can die.

Teach your parents well, Their children's hell will slowly go by, And feed them on your dreams The one they picks, the one you'll know by. Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry, So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.



Mama - Spice Girls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsNbhwSXDB8


She used to be my only enemy and never let me be free Catching me in places that I knew I shouldn't be Every other day I crossed the line I didn't mean to be so bad I never thought you would become the friend I never had

Back then I didn't know why Why you were misunderstood mama So now I see through your eyes All that you did was love

Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend You're my friend

I didn't want to hear it then but I'm not ashamed to say it now Every little thing you said and did was right for me I had a lot of time to think about, about the way I used to be Never had a sense of my responsibility

Back then I didn't know why Why you were misunderstood So now I see through your eyes All that you did was love

Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend You're my friend You're my friend But now I'm sure I know why (I know why) Why you were misunderstood So now I see through your eyes All I can give you is love (all I can give you is love) Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend My friend Mama my love (you're my friend) Mama my love Mama I love you Mama I care Mama I love you Mama my friend Me loving you (me loving you) You loving me (you loving me) A love that's true (a love that's true) And guaranteed (so true) Me loving you (me loving you) You loving me (mama I care) (you loving me) A love that's true (a love that's true) And guaranteed (so true) You loving me (mama I care) (you loving me) A love that's true (a love that's true) And guaranteed (so true) Mama I love you, me loving you (me loving you)




ACTIVITY 4 - M&Ms GAME




Have members pick one M&M each in turn, completing the task before they move on.

The themes mirror the 'Trivial Pursuit' game categories.

Play several rounds, each round being 1, 2 or 3.

Encourage reminiscence and story telling, as far as is possible.

(Again, fill in the gaps by undertaking a good biographical assessment.)



- RED (Instead of PINK) (Entertainment)


1. What is your favourite song?

2. Who is your favourite artist or group?

3. What is your favourite album?

4. What is your favourite TV programme?



- BLUE (Geography)


1. Where is your favourite place in the UK?

2. Where is your favourite place in the world?

3. Name one place you have been to and won't be returning

4. Name one place you have not been, but would really like to visit



- BROWN (Art & Literature)


1. What is your favourite book, or author?

2. What is your favourite film, or genre?

3. What is your favourite painting, or artist?

4. Do you like visiting museums, art galleries or libraries?



- YELLOW (History)


1. Have you got a stand out personal lifetime (happy) memory?

2. Is there a moment in history that you remember well?

3. Is there a historical figure you would like to meet?

4. If you could time travel, what era would you visit?



- ORANGE (Sport)


1. Do you have a favourite sport that you follow?

2. Have you a favourite sporting event?

3. Have you a favourite sporting hero?

4. What is the last sports event you went to or watched?



- GREEN (Science & Nature)


1. What is your favourite animal?

2. What is your favourite flower or plant?

3. What is your favourite weather or time of year?

4. Have you any fears or phobias?




QUIZ ANSWERS


1. Prince William, Price Philip, Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Harry, Prince Charles & Megnan Markle

Anne, Andrew & Edward


2. Nana, Anthony, Jim, Denise, Barbara & Dave

'Brookside'


3. 'Little House On The Prairie'

The Ingles Family


4. 'Birds Of A Feather'

Sharon (Pauline Quirke), Dorien (Lesley Joseph) & Tracey (Linda Robson)


5. 'The Bee Gees' - Robin, Barry & Maurice

- Jive TALKIN'

- You Should Be DANCING

- How Deep Is Your LOVE

- Stayin' ALIVE

- Night FEVER

- Too Much HEAVEN

- You Win AGAIN


6. 'The Addams Family'

Gomez, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, Morticia, Lurch, Pugsley & Grandma ('Thing' is missing)


7. 'Bread' - Jean Boht & The Boswells

French stick, Bloomer, Tin, Granary, Ciabatta, Sourdough, Rye, Pitta, Foccacia, Brioche, Garlic


8. 'Butterflies' - Ria Parkinson (Wendy Craig), Ben Parkinson (Geoffrey Palmer), Russell (Andrew Hall) & Adam (Nicholas Lyndhurst)

Dolly Parton


9. 'Only Fools And Horses' - Rodney Trotter (Nicholas Lyndhurst), Del Boy Trotter (David Jason) & Uncle Albert (Buster Merryfield)


10. 'The Beach Boys'

- I Get AROUND

- Help Me RHONDA

- Sloop John B

- God Only KNOWS

- Good VIBRATIONS

- Wouldn't It Be NICE


11. 'The Partridge Family'

David Cassidy's UK number 1 hits - 'How Can I Be Sure' & 'Daydreamer'


12. ''Til Death Us Do Part'

Alf Garnet, played by Warren Mitchell


13. 'Dallas' - The Ewing family

Kristin Shepard shot JR


14. 'Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em'

Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford), Betty (Michele Dotrice) & Jessica


15. Karen & Richard Carpenter

- They Long To Be Close TO YOU

- We've Only Just BEGUN

- For All We KNOW

- Goodbye To LOVE

- Yesterday Once MORE

- Top Of The WORLD

- Please Mr POSTMAN

- There's A Kind Of HUSH

- Calling Occupants Of INTERPLANETARY CRAFT


16. 'The Waltons'

John Boy, Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Ben, Jim Bob & Elizabeth


17. 'Steptoe And Son'

Harold (Harry H Corbett) & Albert (William Brambell)

The horse was 'Hercules'


18. 'The Simpsons'

Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa & Maggie

Spingfield


19. 'The Munsters'

Herman - Frankenstein, Lily - Vampire, Grandpa - Count Dracula, Marilyn - Human & Eddie - Werewolf


20. 'The Osmonds'

Donny had a hit with 'Puppy Love' & Jimmy had a hit with 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool'


21. 'Happy Days'

Richie Cunningham was played by Ron Howard, who has directed many movies including 'The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Angels And Demons', 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' & 'A Beautiful Mind'


22. 'The Golden Girls'

Blanche Devereux (Rue McClannaghan), For

Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) & Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty)


23. 'Soap'

The Campbells & The Tates

Billy Crystal


24. 'The Nolan Sisters'

'I'm In The Mood For Dancing'


25. 'The Jacksons'

- Got To Be THERE

- Rockin' ROBIN

- Don't Stop 'Til You Get ENOUGH

- Off The WALL

- She's Out Of My LIFE

- Beat IT

- Billie JEAN

- Man In The MIRROR

- Heal The WORLD

- Earth SONG



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About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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