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Any idea for games?
Hi Texas -
Scrabble Junior, Yahtzee Junior, Sorry game, not-too-many pc jigsaw puzzles (there are 13pc - 100pc puzzles at Amazon), kids games? Depending how far along, Candyland and Chutes & Ladders, perhaps?
Check Amazon - looks like they have a special section for such games, also. I just punched in "games for adults with dementia" and got some interesting hits - at Amazon. Even found a 12 pc birdhouse kit you can paint if she likes to paint at all.
My favorite card game ever isGo Fish! But that can get unwieldy as to size of hand you're holding. There is also War, which, if played in a child-like (not childish) manner, could be all kinds of entertaining. My mom and I played make-believe often, with me leading all the way. It's difficult unless all participants are willing to come at things with that child-like innocence and joy. Mom had that in spades, as had my father, and evidently they passed it on to me.
I don't know how you played games as a child, but my sis and I would make our own rules on the fly. Mom had nothing against this as a very-senior-lady either. So long as I appeared to be having fun, so would she.
A few things work for my dad.
- PopIt (fidget toy) is amazing. Not complicated at all - affordable and keeps them busy - even at the doctors office while waiting. We have about 5 different colors for dad - when he gets bored with one, we give him another.
- Lite Brite. I sit with dad and watch him put the little pegs in the entire board, line by line, straight across (having him do a specific design is too confusing & frustrates him). It takes about 45 minutes to complete - and boy is he proud of himself when he does! He will stare at it and marvel and how nice the lights look.
- Coloring book with larger crayons. Initially he always says no - but I'll start a picture and ask for his help. Put the crayon in his hand - and off he goes. He will color the entire page with full concentration.
- On Amazon they have a lot of wooden shapes puzzle (ages 1-3 are good).
- Rubik's cube - surprisingly - he can still complete 1 side of a cube. But it's a nice fidget toy too, even if they don't complete it - it's something to keep them busy.
Hope these ideas help!!