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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.

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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Games & Game Shows

May 13, 2019

 

 

This week's CST activities were based on the theme of 'Games And Game Shows'. Many members will have enjoyed playing some of the games mentioned in this activities page. Some will have enjoyed watching TV Game Shows.

Promote recall and reminiscence with these prompts. Have some games on stand by to look at and try out. Print off the images linked below for the tables to help discussion along and aid visual recognition. Use the music playlist to help enliven the session. Perhaps link to You Tube clips to delve a bit deeper into the theme.

As usual, the session aims to provide multi-sensory resources to stimulate cognitive function, but most importantly enable socialisation and enjoyment. Use as few or as many of the suggestions as necessary, but allow time and space for story telling and going off at tangents.

Please share feedback at to whether this CST activities page is useful, what has worked best, what could be added and so forth.

Best regards,
Simon

Photos Link 

 

 


NEWS ROUND UP

Prince Harry and Megan Markle welcomed their new son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. He weighed 7 lbs 3 oz - the mothers in the room commented on giving birth to a baby this size.

Archie is 7th in line to the throne, after ...

- Charles
- William
- George
- Charlotte
- Louis
- Harry.

Sir David Attenborough celebrated his 93rd birthday. We remembered some of his best natural history programmes, including ...

- Life On Earth
- Blue Planet
- Planet Earth.

We read out and discussed this quote from him ...

"The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?"

A young David Attenborough as Controller of BBC2 in the mid-60s was determined to beat the Germans in the race to fully launch colour television, so he ambitiously promised a colour service starting with ...

We asked members to guess the first ever programme broadcast in colour and on which date - WIMBLEDON ON 1ST JULY 1967.

In other news this week ...

A missing piece of Stonehenge had been returned from Florida 60 years after it went missing during an archaeological excavation. English Heritage explained that the ancient stone 'core' was taken from one of Stonehenge's huge sarsen stones in 1958.

The Flying Scotsman embarked on a tour of the UK. We asked if anyone had travelled as a passenger on a steam train and noted the differences in the journey. The unique sounds and smells of a steam engine and the thrill of riding in old fashioned carriages.


GAMES IDIOMS

We asked members to complete these well know phrases, associated with game playing ...

Fun and - GAMES
The game is - UP
Two can play at that - GAME
The ball is in your - COURT
Par for the - COURSE
Out of your - LEAGUE
Three strikes and you're - OUT
Hit a home - RUN
Knock it out of the - PARK
Win something hands - DOWN
One armed - BANDIT
Poker - FACE
Play your cards - RIGHT
Winner takes - ALL
Strike it - LUCKY
Luck of the - DRAW
Hop, skip and a - JUMP
Sore - LOSER
Finders keepers, losers - WEEPERS


CHILDREN'S GAMES

We asked members if they could remember each of the following games and tell us, or show us, how each of them was played ...

HOPSCOTCH
CATS CRADLE
SKIPPING
POGO STICK
MARBLES
JACKS
CATCH
CONKERS
HIDE AND SEEK
I SPY
RAT TAT GINGER
HULA HOOP
LEAP FROG
THREE LEGGED RACE
EGG AND SPOON RACE
SACK RACE
WHEELBARROW RACE
ONE POTATO
SCISSORS, PAPER, STONE


 

 


QUIZ

Next, we completed the following quiz questions about board games and TV games shows ...

BOARD GAMES

Noughts and crosses
What is this game called in the USA?
TIC TAC TOE

Snakes and Ladders
Which do you go up and slide down?
UP LADDERS, DOWN SNAKES
What is the largest snake in the world? PYTHON - CAN GROW UP TO 25FT
What is the most dangerous snake in the UK? ADDER - BUT THEY ARE GENERALLY SHY AND NON AGGRESSIVE
Anyone afraid of snakes?

Dominoes
What fast food does the food outlet Domino's specialise in?
PIZZA
Anyone have a favourite topping?
Some pizzas - MARGARITA, HAWAIIAN, PEPPERONI, MARINARA, VEGETABLE FEAST

Enjoyed by nearly two thirds of Brits (65%), mushrooms came out on top as the most favoured pizza topping ingredient in a recent survey, with onion (62%), ham (61%), peppers (60%), chicken (56%) and pepperoni (56%) close behind.

Draughts
What do Americans call this game?
CHECKERS
How many squares are on a board?
64

Battleships
What are the ships?
AIRCRAFT CARRIER (5 SQUARES), BATTLESHIP (4 SQUARES), CRUISER (3 SQUARES), SUBMARINE (3 SQUARES) & DESTROYER (2 SQUARES)

Jigsaw Puzzle
What is the biggest Jigsaw you can buy?
DISNEY MAKES THE BIGGEST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE JIGSAW WITH 40,320 PIECES. WHEN COMPLETED IT IS 22FT LONG 6FT WIDE

Etch A Sketch
How do you wipe your drawing off the board?
TURN UPSIDE DOWN AND SHAKE

Spirograph
First launched in the UK in which year?
1965

Play Dough
What does Hasbro describe it's signature fragrance as?
SWEET MUSKY VANILLA, OVERTONES OF CHERRY & THE NATURAL SMELL OF A WHEAT SALT DOUGH

Cluedo
Name the characters? MISS SCARLET, REVEREND GREEN, COLONEL MUSTARD, MRS WHITE, PROFESSOR PLUM & MRS PEACOCK
And the weapons? DAGGER, LEAD PIPE, SPANNER, CANDLESTICK, REVOLVER & ROPE

Monopoly
Name the different (current) player pieces?
BATTLESHIP, CAT, PENGUIN, RACING CAR, RUBBER DUCKY, SCOTTIE DOG, TOP HAT & T REX
(Previously 'retired' pieces were - Boot, Cannon, Horse and rider, Iron, Lantern, Purse, Rocking horse, Sack of money, Thimble & Wheelbarrow)
How much do you get for passing go?
£200

Ludo
What are the 4 colours?
RED, GREEN, BLUE & YELLOW

Kerplunk
What was the aim of this game?
TO HAVE THE FEWEST MARBLES DROP

Mousetrap
What happens at the very end of a game of Mouse Trap?
THE MAN DIVES IN AND THE MOUSETRAP COMES DOWN

Trivial Pursuit
What were the colour segments of each category?
ART & LITERATURE - BROWN
ENTERTAINMENT - PINK
GEOGRAPHY - BLUE
HISTORY - YELLOW
NATURE - GREEN
SPORT & LEISURE - ORANGE

Scrabble
How many letter tiles does each player have on their rack? 7
What letters are the highest scoring?
Q & Z BOTH WORTH 10 POINTS

Mastermind
How many guesses do you have to break the colour code?
12

Twister
Where would you play this game?
ON THE FLOOR

What is the biggest manufacturer of Train Sets in the UK?
HORNBY

TV GAME SHOWS

Crackerjack!
What evening was it shown?
FRIDAY NIGHT (From 1964 - 1984)
Who was the first Friday night presenter?
LESLEY CROWTHER

(PLAY MUSIC)
Blockbusters
Who presented this show? Clue: "I'll have a P please Bob."
BOB HOLNESS

Which 'Wheel Of Fortune' host went on to present 'Long Lost Family'?
NICKY CAMPBELL

Who hosts 'The Chase'?
BRADLEY WALSH
Name the Chasers?
ANNE HEGARTY AKA THE GOVERNESS
MARK LABBETT AKA THE BEAST
SHAUN WALLACE AKA THE DARK DESTROYER
PAUL SINHA AKA THE SINNERMAN
JENNY RYAN AKA THE VIXEN

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Treasure Hunt
Who presented this show?
KENNETH KENDALL - Used to be a NEWSREADER
ANEKA RICE - Famous for wearing a JUMPSUIT
Famous catchphrase "STOP THE CLOCK"
Mode of transport - HELICOPTER

The Crystal Maze
Who hosted this show?
RICHARD O'BRIEN
Richard O'Brien wrote which horror musical?
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Krypton Factor
Who was this quiz show presented by?
GORDON BURNS
Which superhero was weakened by Kryptonite?
SUPERMAN

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
What were the bonus plays?
PHONE A FRIEND, 50/50, ASK THE AUDIENCE
Who was the original presenter?
CHRIS TARRANT
Which 2009 Indian located film was associated with this quiz show?
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

The Price Is Right
Who was the original presenter?
LESLEY CROWTHER
What was the catchphrase associated with this show?
"COME ON DOWN"

The Generation Game
Who originally presented this show?
BRUCE FORSYTH WITH ANTHEA REDFERN
The catchphrases included ...
"GOOD GAME GOOD GAME"
"NICE TO SEE YOU TO SEE YOU NICE"
"HAVEN'T THEY DONE WELL"
What prize was included every week on the conveyor belt?
CUDDLY TOY

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Who was the original host of 'University Challenge'?
BAMBER GASGOINE
Each team used to have a what?
MASCOT

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Blankety Blank
Who was the quiz show originally presented by?
TERRY WOGAN
What did people win?
BLANKETY BLANK CHEQUE BOOK AND PEN

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Countdown
Who was this show originally presented by?
RICHARD WHITELY
Who was the resident mathematician?
CAROL VORDERMAN

What is NUTROAST an anagram of (to do with space)?
ASTRONAUT

The Weakest Link
Who was the host?
ANNE ROBINSON
What was her catchphrase?
YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK, GOODBYE

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Mastermind
Who was the host of this quiz show?
MAGNUS MAGNERSON
What was his catchphrase?
"I'VE STARTED, SO I'LL FINISH"

3,2,1
Who was this show hosted by?
TED ROGERS
What was the resident mascot?
DUSTY BIN
Can anyone do the 3,2,1 hand signal?

Pointless
Who are the resident hosts for this show?
ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG & RICHARD OSMAN
What is Alexander Armstrong's catchphrase?
"IT'S BEEN GREAT HAVING YOU ON THE SHOW"

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Bullseye
Who was the presenter?
JIM BOWEN
His catchphrase was?
"LOOK AT WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON"

Which TV quiz show is based on an arcade coin drop game?
TIPPING POINT
Who hosts this show?
BEN SHEPPARD

 

(PLAY MUSIC)
Catchphrase
Who was the original host of this TV animation based quiz show?
ROY WALKER
What was his catchphrase?
"SAY WHAT YOU SEE"

 

 



MUSIC ROUND

Spotify Playlist link here https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/5BXsHNxnaJlDrj7QmlfPB1?si=_iqirEbvRCOrs_IsXsfmFw

Name Of The Game - ABBA
Go around the room and ask members to state their favourite game?

Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
The French lyric in this song (sung by none other than Kate Bush) "Jeux Sans Frontier" is associated with which UK game show where members of the public competed in the most ridiculous costumes?
IT'S A KNOCKOUT
(Presented by - STUART HALL & EDDIE WARING)

Record Breakers - TV Theme
Who presented this show?
ROY CASTLE
Who were the adjudicators?
NORRIS & ROSS MCWHIRTER
What book was associated with the show?
GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS

Rubix Cube
Did anyone have one, or solve one?
What is the record for solving it?
4.69 SECONDS (15 year old Patrick Ponce in September 2017)

The Winner Takes It All - ABBA
What was the biggest prize ever won on the UK National Lottery?
£161.6 MILLION

Christine and Colin Weir of Largs, Ayrshire, won the biggest prize in UK history when they landed the EuroMillions jackpot following a run of 14 rollovers in the summer of 2011.

Money Money Money
Go around the room and ask, what would members spend a lottery win on?

Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
How many cards are there in a deck of cards?
52
Name the suits?
SPADES, CLUBS, DIAMONDS, HEARTS

Solitaire - The Carpenters
Name some card games?
PATIENCE, GIN RUMMY, POKER, SNAP, PAIRS, WIST, PONTOON, BRIDGE

The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
What is the games master in a casino called?
LES CROUPIERS
Name some casino games?
ONE ARMED BANDIT, POKER, ROULETTE, BLACK JACK

Ask members if anyone has been to Las Vegas, the most popular casino resort destination?

I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson
What musical does this song come from?
CHESS
Name the pieces in a game of chess?
PAWN, ROOK, KNIGHT, BISHOP, CASTLE, QUEEN & KING
What is the final move?
CHECK MATE

Blind Date - TV Theme
Who hosted this show?
MISS CILLA BLACK
What were her catchphrases?
"HERE'S OUR GRAHAM WITH A QUICK REMINDER"
"WE'VE HAD A LORRA LAFFS"

Pinball Wizard - The Who
Who is the lead singer with The Who?
ROGER DALTRY
Name some other arcade or funfair games?
COCONUT SHY, HORSE RACE, SHOOT DUCKS, PAC MAN, SPACE INVADERS

I Should Be So Lucky - Kylie Minogue
Which soap did Kylie first appear in?
NEIGHBOURS (CHARLENE)
Where was it set?
RAMSEY STREET, MELBOURNE
Who did she marry?
SCOTT, PLAYED BY JASON DONOVAN

Everyone's A Winner - Hot Chocolate
Ask members to say what are the best prizes they have won in life.
It might be a win at a competition or in a lottery, or it could be something that they were gifted or blessed with.
Celebrate everyone's contribution with this song.
Perhaps ask members to give themselves a round of applause.

 

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Frank Sinatra

Bonus song for a singalong.

 

 


ACTIVITIES

Have a range of the above games on standby for members to have a go at playing.

Or play a game of Skittles.
Have prizes on hand for a Strike.

Or play a game of Bingo.
Have prizes on hand for a Line and a House.

Diane Saralis, a subscriber to this website, has suggested this link to a great Bingo resource.

As Diane says, "Bingo cannot be thrown out with the bathwater!" It has a therapeutic value, especially for those who have enjoyed playing it throughout life. And for people new to it, it can be a fun way to promote short term memory and numerical recognition.

This resource is kindly shared with permission of Golden Carers www.goldencarers.com

 

Click on the below link to be taken to a document which outlines the benefits of Bingo playing, the rules for the game and traditional bingo sayings. 

BINGOPDF
 

 

 




 

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