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Any idea for games?
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 10:47 AM
Joined: 10/9/2021
Posts: 5

In serious need of some new games for variety.  My mother has significant short term memory loss so they have to be simple or explain game play continuously.  Right now it's just dominos and gin rummy (needs constant reminders during game play for both).  Have tried yahtzee, monopoly, life, skipbo, scrabble, five kings.  Either too complicated or didn't like.  Thank you in advance for ideas.
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 11:08 AM
Joined: 9/10/2021
Posts: 314

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.

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:23 PM
Joined: 10/9/2021
Posts: 5

Thank you.  Will look into those junior games and that amazon section.  Forgot to mention we do have sorry but some board games go quick with just 2 players.  She use to play games on the computer and color but no longer engages in those activities unfortunately.
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:32 PM
Joined: 1/11/2013
Posts: 130

You can try Uno and Bingo. Would a word search game work? Also, you can see if there are ways to simplify the games you already have so they work on the level she is at. Would she try crafts or coloring?
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 7:51 PM
Joined: 10/9/2021
Posts: 5

She can't stand bingo (can't blame her).  Unfortunately, she's withdrawing.  Use to play solo games on the computer, puzzle books (some of them word search) and color.  Now just sits in the recliner watching tv.  We play games about 4 hours a day but I have errands and chores as well.  I'm batting a big fat goose egg with new games/activity books.
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 9:45 PM
Joined: 10/10/2021
Posts: 615

You could put coloring books and coloring pencils on a side table where she sits to watch tv, you might be surprised to notice her pick the coloring book up, just to look at it, and slowly start using the pencils. Some times you have to let her do it on her own. Give it a try, you might be surprised.
Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 10:39 PM
Joined: 1/11/2013
Posts: 130

There's a word search game for multiple players. It's not a book or computer game.
Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2022 10:32 AM
Joined: 10/24/2018
Posts: 1497

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. 

mommyandme (m&m)
Posted: Friday, June 17, 2022 3:39 PM
Joined: 2/16/2020
Posts: 586

I tried Concentration with cards a couple stages ago. I only used 12 cards and it did work but sadly she soon got too stressed about not doing it “right” to continue.  Unfortunately many games we tried ended up with her feeling inadequate. I hope you find things that help you feel like you’re helping her too.
Posted: Monday, June 20, 2022 10:12 AM
Joined: 11/12/2021
Posts: 16

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!!

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:01 AM
Joined: 1/11/2013
Posts: 130

Oh, the Rubik's cube. I heard of that elsewhere but never got one. I'm going to try that. Thanks, QuincyLF!
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