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True Colours


This week's virtual 'Dementia Cafe' had a theme of 'True Colours'.


We asked members to come along to the group wearing something of their favourite colour. We asked people why those colours were their favourite? Did they find that colour particularly calming or stimulating? Did it match their eye or hair colour? Was the colour choice based on a happy memory? Or was there something else?


We then moved on to our pictures and songs.


Just to note, if you use these materials - and please feel free to do so (I can send the photos file if you need it?), bear in mind you can use just a few or all of them, according to the level of cognitive ability of your group and the length of time of your session. Simplify and thin out if you need to, give clues such as first names, or just focus on the songs if you want a shorter session.


As I usually say, enjoyment and engagement are key to the session. Reminiscences and story telling are to be encouraged, as well as time to reflect or repeat questions. Getting through the content should be far less of a priority.




ROUND 1. NATURE


1. Excluding black and white, what are the three Primary Colours? (Colours that can be mixed to make other colours)



2. Complete this phrase, "Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning..."



3. What percentage of people have blue eyes in the UK?



4. What percentage of people in the UK have red hair?

Who is pictured here?



5. What substance, seen in nature, is green?



6. What is the largest animal on the planet? (Size is up to 98ft / 180 tonnes)



7. Which animals can change colour to camouflage themselves?

Which pop group had an 80s hit single with the name of this creature in its title?



8. SONG. ' I Can Sing A Rainbow', Cilla Black - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXds_mkyuXY


What are the seven colours in a rainbow?




ROUND 2. COLOURS IN DAILY LIFE


9. What year was colour TV introduced in the UK?



10. What colour is the neutral wire on a modern British domestic plug?



11. What is the order of colours in UK traffic lights?



12. What colour describes old brown-and-white photographs?

Which scientist is pictured here?



13. Which DIY product does an Old English Sheepdog advertise?



14. What colour is the M in the McDonald's fast food chain signage?

What is the name of the clown?



15. Complete this phrase about marriage - "Something old, something new ...."?



16. SONG. 'True Colours' - Cyndi Lauper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ecaYj14z3M


Complete the titles of Cyndi Lauper's other UK (Top 10) hits?


'GIRLS - .... ..... .... ...', 1984

'TIME ..... ....', 1984

'I ..... ... .....', 1989



ROUND 3. PEOPLE


17. Which politician described his depression as 'Black Dog'?



18. Who famously danced with Fred Astaire in movies from 1933-1949?



19. Which actor was nominated for Best Actor Oscar for his lead role in the 1973 movie 'Sting'?



20. Who starred in the 1971 film 'A Clockwork Orange'?



21. Who was the lead singer songwriter of 'The Moody Blues'?



22. Which Barbra Streisand song won an Oscar for 'Best Original Song' in 1977?



23. Which DJ was the first to broadcast on Radio 1 in 1967?



24. SONG. ‘Flowers In The Rain’, The Move - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_laosNxqzNg


Which orange flower is mentioned in the first verse?




ROUND 4. GEOGRAPHY


25. Where in the UK would you find the 'Black Mountains'?



26. What is the name of the Scottish village made famous by runaway marriages?



27. What resin sometimes contains fossilised insects?



28. Which gemstone grows inside a sea creature?



29. Which planet in our solar system is known as 'The Red Planet'?



30. Which mythical creature can be found on the Welsh flag?

When do we celebrate in that country?



31. Near which town in the UK would you find 'The White Cliffs'?



32. SONG. 'Mr Blue Sky', Electric Light Orchestra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GswbT5zfmRE


What are the four main cloud groups?




ROUND 5. SPORTS


33. What colour is the Bulls Eye on a dart board?

Who is pictured here?



34. In which cycling race does the leader wear a yellow shirt?

Who is pictured here?



35. What was the name of the snooker game broadcast initially in black and white from 1969?

Who is pictured here?



36. By what name are the New Zealand rugby league tourists known?

What is their dance called?



37. Name the Welsh Paralympian who was made a Dame in 2010?



38. What do the five colours of the Olympic rings signify?



39. During the 2012 UK Olympics, how many post boxes were painted gold in the home towns of Olympian and Paralympian champions?



40. Gold - Spandau Ballet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjNXwSeLuTU


Who was the lead singer?


Ask members to point to any items of gold they are wearing...




ROUND 6. LITERATURE


41. In ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’, written by The Brothers Grimm in 1812, what were the names of the seven dwarfs?



42. Which character said, “My Grandma, what big teeth you have!”?



43. In 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears' what food substance was eaten?



44. Which notorious villain had a horse called 'Black Bess'?

Who is pictured playing him?



45. What is the name of the bully from 'Tom Brown's Schooldays' (written by Thomas Hughes in 1857)?



46. Who wrote the children's book 'Black Beauty' in 1877?

(TV theme here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hasBJ1Gkjy8 )



47. Who starred as Celie in the 1985 movie 'The Color Purple'? (The book was written in 1982, by Alice Walker.)



48. SONG. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOL7iY8kfo


In the 1939 film 'The Wizard Of Oz', what were 'the little people' called and what colour were they? (Members may remember that the film only became technicolour when Dorothy and her friends - Tin Man (looking for a heart), Scarecrow (looking for a brain) and Lion (looking for courage) arrived in Oz.)



EXTRA SONG. 'Lily The Pink', The Scaffold - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7pHDoJrrzA


Name the pink water bird which stands on one leg?



EXTRA SONG. 'Yellow Submarine', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uTFF_3MaA


Name as many yellow fruits as you can?





ANSWERS


ROUND 1. NATURE


1. Excluding black and white, what are the three Primary Colours?

RED, YELLOW & BLUE (Colours that can be mixed to make other colours)


2. Complete this phrase, "Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning..."

RED SKY AT NIGHT, SHEPHERD'S DELIGHT."


3. What percentage of people have blue eyes in the UK?

48% BLUE, 30% GREEN, 22% BROWN


4. What percentage of people in the UK have red hair??

ABOUT 10%

ED SHEERAN


5. CHLOROPHYLL


6. What is the largest animal on the planet?

BLUE WHALE (98ft, 180 tonnes)


7. Which animals can famously change colour?

CHAMELEON

CULTURE CLUB


8. SONG. ' I Can Sing A Rainbow', Cilla Black - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXds_mkyuXY


What are the seven colours in a rainbow?

RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO AND VIOLET



ROUND 2. COLOURS IN DAILY LIFE


9. What year was colour TV introduced in the UK?

BBC BROADCAST IN COLOUR FIRST FROM WIMBLEDON 1967


10. What colour is the neutral wire on a modern British domestic plug?

BLUE


11. What is the order of colours in UK traffic lights?

RED, RED AND AMBER, AMBER, GREEN, AMBER, RED


12. What colour describes old brown-and-white photographs?

SEPIA

ALBERT EINSTEIN


13. Which DIY product does an Old English Sheepdog advertise?

DULUX PAINT


14. What colour is the M in the McDonald's fast food chain signage?

YELLOW

RONALD MCDONALD


15. Complete the phrase ...

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE


16. SONG. 'True Colours' - Cyndi Lauper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ecaYj14z3M


Name any of Cyndi Lauper's other UK (Top 10) hits?


'GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN', 1984

'TIME AFTER TIME', 1984

'I DROVE ALL NIGHT', 1989



ROUND 3. PEOPLE


17. Which politician described his depression as 'Black Dog'?

WINSTON CHURCHILL


18. Who famously danced with Fred Astaire in movies from 1933-1949?

GINGER ROGERS


19. Which actor was nominated for Best Actor Oscar for his lead role in the 1973 movie 'Sting'?

ROBERT REDFORD


20. Who starred in the 1971 film 'A Clockwork Orange'?

MALCOLM MCDOWELL


21. Who was the lead singer songwriter of 'The Moody Blues'?

JUSTIN HAYWARD


22. Which Barbra Streisand song won an Oscar for 'Best Original Song' in 1977?

'EVERGREEN' (Love theme from 'A Star Is Born')


23. Which DJ was the first to broadcast on Radio 1 in 1967?

TONY BLACKBURN


(This was the first song he played...)


24. SONG. ‘Flowers In The Rain’, The Move - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_laosNxqzNg


Which orange flower is mentioned in the first verse?


"Saw MARIGOLDS upon my eiderdown."



ROUND 4. GEOGRAPHY


25. Where in the UK would you find the 'Black Mountains'?

SOUTH WALES, NEAR ABERGAVENNY


26. What is the name of the Scottish village made famous by runaway marriages?

GRETNA GREEN


27. What resin sometimes contains fossilised insects?

AMBER


28. Which gemstone grows inside a sea creature?

PEARL


29. Which planet in our solar system is known as 'The Red Planet'?

MARS (4th from the Sun)

("A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play.")


30. Which mythical creature can be found on the Welsh flag?

RED DRAGON

'ST DAVID'S DAY' IS 1ST MARCH


31. Near which town in the UK would you find 'The White Cliffs'?

DOVER


32. SONG. 'Mr Blue Sky', Electric Light Orchestra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GswbT5zfmRE


What are the four main cloud groups?

CUMULUS, CIRRUS, STRATUS & NIMBUS



ROUND 5. SPORTS


33. What colour is the Bulls Eye on a dart board?

RED

JOCKY WILSON


34. In which cycling race does the leader wear a yellow shirt?

TOUR DE FRANCE

GERAINT THOMAS


35. What was the name of the snooker game broadcast initially in black and white from 1969?

POT BLACK

'Interesting' STEVE DAVIES


36. By what name are the New Zealand rugby league tourists known?

ALL BLACKS

'THE HAKA'


37. Name the Welsh Paralympian who was made a Dame in 2010?

TANNI GREY-THOMPSON


38. What do the five colours of the Olympic rings signify?

UNITY ACROSS THE FIVE CONTINENTS


39. During the 2012 UK Olympics, how many post boxes were painted gold in the towns of Olympian and Paralympian champions?

110


40. Gold - Spandau Ballet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjNXwSeLuTU


Who was the lead singer?

TONY HADLEY


Ask members to point to any items of gold they are wearing...




ROUND 6. LITERATURE


41. In ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’, written by The Brothers Grimm in 1812, what were the names of the seven dwarfs?

DOC, GRUMPY, HAPPY, SLEEPY, BASHFUL, SNEEZY & DOPEY


42. Which character said, “My Grandma, what big teeth you have!”?

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD


43. In 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears' what food substance was eaten?

PORRIDGE


44. Which notorious villain had a horse called 'Black Bess'?

DICK TURPIN

RICHARD O'SULLIVAN


45. What is the name of the bully from 'Tom Brown's Schooldays?

FLASHMAN


46. Who wrote the children's book 'Black Beauty' in 1877?

ANNA SEWELL

(TV theme here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hasBJ1Gkjy8 )


47. Who starred as Celie in the 1985 movie 'The Color Purple'?

WHOOPI GOLDBERG


48. SONG. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', Elton John - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOL7iY8kfo


In the film 'The Wizard Of Oz', what were 'the little people' called and what colour were they?

MUNCHKINS, ORANGE


EXTRA SONG. 'Lily The Pink', The Scaffold - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7pHDoJrrzA


FLAMINGO


EXTRA SONG. 'Yellow Submarine', The Beatles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uTFF_3MaA


Name as many yellow fruits as you can?

BANANA, LEMON, PINEAPPLE, GRAPEFRUIT, MELON, YELLOW PEPPER, YELLOW TOMATO, APRICOT, MANGO ETC




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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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