Anything But Bingo

Resources to enhance the daily life of people living with dementia

This is a very quick post today; partly as the topic doesn't really warrant a long discussion and partly as the dog is waiting for a walk!! Today's offering is also an untested one. I plan to try using it at work this week and will report back but in the meantime I thought you might like to try it too.

I spy, as a traditional verbal game, may well be beyond the capabilities of someone with a dementia that is affecting their concentration, short term memory and language skills. However I have put together a pictoral version which should address some of those difficulties. The printable sheet I have added below doesn't have "ISpy" as a visible title as I felt this may offend an adult who might see it as a childish game. I will be refering to this as a word game which should be more acceptable.

I will be trying this game with a couple of the people I work with who have more advanced dementia but still have some verbal skills. I will be watching carefully for any signs of distress if the person really can't find the words (anomia), and I will also reiterate that pointing at the picture will do just fine, they don't need to be able to name the object out loud.

If this is successful and enjoyed I will make some more. So let me know how you get on with it and check back for more information.

Printable ISpy sheet

Posted by Jenny Trott Sunday, January 24, 2016 12:39:00 PM



               Who am I?



I am a forty-something mother of two.

I love learning and creating, and do

what I can to improve the well-being

of people living with dementia.

I have worked in residential dementia

care for a few years and hope that I

have something useful to share.



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