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

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


I've been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive our 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. 


My colleagues and I have been using these approaches regularly in our day to day work and have found them beneficial. The materials provided have been tried and tested, then refined to improve and further develop them for future use.


The main aim of this website is to share our 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.

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Animal Magic

October 10, 2017






1. Talk To The Animals - Sammy Davis Jr. What film did this song originally feature in? DR DOOLITTLE

2. Animal Magic - TV Theme. Who starred as the Zookeeper and translator? JOHNNY MORRIS (* We watched some YouTube clips of Johnny talking to the animals at this point. *)

3. Flipper - TV Theme. Dolphins are part of what group of aquatic mammals? CETACEANS

4. Skippy The Bush Kangaroo - TV Theme. What group of mammals does the Kangaroo belong to? MARSUPIALS

5. Maybe Tomorrow - TV Theme. What children's TV programme was this from? THE LITTLEST HOBO

6. The Lone Ranger - TV Theme. What was the Lone Ranger's horse called? SILVER

7. Daktari - TV Theme. What was the lion's name? CLARENCE, THE CROSS EYED LION

8. What A Dog/He's A Tramp - Peggy Lee. What film did this come from? LADY AND THE TRAMP

9. Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - Scatman Crothers, Phil Harris, Thurl Ravenscroft. What film did this song come from? THE ARISTOCATS

10. The Bare Necessities - Bruce Reitherman, Phil Harris. What was the bear's name? BALOO

11. I Know An Old Lady - Burl Ives. SINGALONG

12. Circle Of Life - Elton John. What musical film and stage show is this song from? THE LION KING

13. Ben - Michael Jackson. Which animal was Michael singing this song about? A PET RAT

14. The Muppet Show - TV Theme. Name some of the animal characters? MISS PIGGY, KERMIT THE FROG, FOZZIE BEAR, ANIMAL

15. A Windmill In Old Amsterdam. If Old Amsterdam is in Holland, where is New Amsterdam? NEW YORK

16. How Much Is That Doggy In The Window - Pinky And Perky. What other shows did Mike Sammes sing vocals for (played at twice the original recorded speed)? KEN DODD AND THE DIDDYMEN & THE CHIPMUNKS

17. The Ugly Duckling - Danny Kaye. Who wrote the fairytale on which this song was based? HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

18. Lassie - TV Theme. What dog was Lassie? A ROUGH COLLIE

19. Mouse Round Mending Song - TV Theme. What children's show featured the mouse organ? BAG PUSS

20. The Hippopotamus Song - Ian Wallace. Who was the lead singer of Mud the pop group? LES GRAY (and their biggest hit was 'Tiger Feet')

21. Teddy Bears Picnic - Henry Hall And His Orchestra. What American President does the name 'Teddy Bear' come from? THEODORE ROOSEVELT

22. The Animals Went In Two By Two - The Jamborees. What book of the bible does Noah's Ark come from? GENESIS


24. Black Beauty - TV Theme. What bank has a black horse as it's emblem? LLOYDS BANK

25. Blue Peter - TV Theme. Name some Blue Peter animals PETRA, PATCH, JASON, GOLDIE, FREDA (* And then of course we played the Elephant and Keeper clip on YouTube *)

26. Birds Of A Feather - TV Theme. Name the characters and actors? SHARON - PAULINE QUIRK, TRACY - LINDA ROBSON, DORIAN - LESLEY JOSEPH

27. Feed The Birds - Julie Andrews. Name the film? MARY POPPINS

28. The Wombling Song - The Wombles (Mike Batt). What were the Wombles concerned about? RECYCLING LITTER ON WIMBLEDON COMMON

29. The House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals. Where was the House Of The Rising Sun? NEW ORLEANS





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