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Puzzles Españoles

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

This 25-page mix of all types of word puzzles is a must have for Spanish speakers. Bilingual folks enjoy the opportunity to do activities in their native language as well. Puzzles are also a great tool for learning a new language. There is plenty of evidence that learning a different language is very beneficial for the brain and is possible at any age. With your purchase comes the ease and convenience of accessing the materials whenever you need them. Note: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Sequencing Cards Vol. 1

Alzheimer's & Dementia | Digital Downloads

Montessori-based activities are rapidly gaining popularity as more studies are published showing how beneficial they are for older adults. Sequencing is a key Montessori concept. Placing things in the correct sequence requires observation, recollection, recognizing purpose, and understanding relationships. Included with the 72 full-color sequencing cards are ideas for activities and discussions based on the cards. This 22-page booklet is a resource you will use repeatedly. 18 Sequencing Sets

The Fabulous 1950s – Part 1 (Activity)

Discussions & Reminiscence | Digital Downloads

For a long time, programming emphasis has been on the 1940s, but today your audience is likely to have a stronger interest in the 1950s, the decade that likely had a great influence on shaping their thinking and way of life. The Fabulous 1950s Part 1 is an introduction to the economy, social, and political issues of the fifties. Besides learning your history, this guide offers a range of practical activity ideas. Think Chuck Berry, Leave it to Beaver and Marilyn Monroe. A working knowledge of the 1950s will be a huge asset for activity professionals in the coming years. 25 Pages NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

The Fabulous 1950s – Part 2 (Activity)

Discussions & Reminiscence | Digital Downloads

Break out the poodle skirts and Spam. The Fabulous 1950s Part 2 is a great adjunct to Part 1 or can be used as a stand-alone guide. This unique resource begins with an overview of the mindset, lifestyle, and some historic events of the ‘50s. The many activities focus on fun: fashion, fads, foods, and fast cars. This extensive guide provides song lists, trivia, word puzzles, discussion questions, and games. You’ll also get a list of resources to use and ideas for parties and special events. As baby boomers retire, it’s time to increase your overall knowledge of the decade that influenced them. 23 Pages NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

The Sensational 1960s – Part 1 (Activity)

Digital Downloads | Discussions & Reminiscence

They say, “If you remember the sixties, you weren’t really there.” In fact, most people over the age of 60 probably do remember the sixties quite well. It’s a decade that may be viewed as controversial and divisive, but this guide to television and movies from the ’60s focuses on the pop culture of the decade, not the politics. It’s literally stuffed with games, quizzes, and discussion questions. Which is not to say this guide is “light.” There are plenty of funny quotes and stories, but also in-depth analyses of how television and films reflect the ideologies of their time. You will get tons of activity mileage out of this 29-page guide, and lots of resources for even more programming ideas. 29 Pages NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

The Sensational 1960s – Part 2 (Activity)

Discussions & Reminiscence | Digital Downloads

This 22-page guide can be used on its own or as an adjunct to the Sensational Sixties Part 1. The Sensational Sixties Part 2 focuses on the positive in music and books. From Maya Angelou and the Beatles to J.D. Salinger and Malcolm X, this guide is an enlightening overview of some of the major performers and writers that influenced older people today. It’s a treasure trove of songs, literary quotes, and ideas for games, discussions, and even craft projects. The guide is like a quickie college course on the 1960s for people who didn’t live through the decade, and a wonderful reminder of the decade for those who did. It offers hours of activity programming ideas and plenty of ready-to-go games and discussion topics. 22 Pages NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

The Sensational 1960s – Part 3 (Activity)

Discussions & Reminiscence | Digital Downloads

What do mini-skirts, the New York Mets, and muscle cars have in common? They were all big in the 1960s. If you want to know more about the cars, fashions, sports, fads, and technologies of the '60s, this guide does all the research for you, including instructions on how to turn these topics into fab activities for your participants. You'll also find discussion starters, word games, and tons of additional resources in this 27-page guide. 27 Pages NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Travelogue Brazil

Reading & Relating | Digital Downloads

Rain Dance in Brazil This learning reminiscence discussion with six senior citizens from Eudora, Missouri, explores a travel destination with things to learn, questions to answer, and a whole lot of fun along the way. For this trip, they are traveling to Brazil to explore the Amazon Rain Forest. Included in your purchase is the complete activity, large-print handout, sign, and accompanying slideshow. NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Travelogue Kenya

Reading & Relating | Digital Downloads

Kenyan Safari This learning reminiscence discussion with six senior citizens from Eudora, Missouri, explores a travel destination with things to learn, questions to answer, and a whole lot of fun along the way. For this trip, they are traveling to Kenya, Africa, for a photographic safari. Find your pith helmet, pack your bags, and let's get going—the animals await us! Included in your purchase is the complete activity, large-print handout, sign, and accompanying slideshow. NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Travelogue South Korea

Reading & Relating | Digital Downloads

Sojourn to South Korea This learning reminiscence discussion with six senior citizens from Eudora, Missouri, explores a travel destination with things to learn, questions to answer, and a whole lot of fun along the way. For this trip, they are visiting the beautiful and intriguing country of South Korea, which was the home of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Included in your purchase is the complete activity, large-print handout, sign, and accompanying slideshow. NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Word Puzzles Vol. 1

Puzzles & Trivia | Digital Downloads

Want a change from traditional word games? Looking for a new challenge? These 25 word puzzles will flex your brain in new ways. There are three types of puzzles. In Common Endings, three words are listed, and you have to figure out a fourth word that can be added to the end of all three. Double Trouble consists of lists of two words with a space between them. You add a word to the middle that makes sense both as an ending for the first word and a beginning for the second word. Word Pyramids offers clues to help you make a pyramid of letters that, if done correctly, spell out words. The 45-page digital download offers hours of puzzle-doing. All the puzzles require looking at words in new ways, utilizing logic, language, and creativity. Contains 4 Common Ending, 8 Double Trouble, and 13 Word Pyramid puzzles. With your purchase comes the ease and convenience of accessing the materials whenever you need them. Note: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Cognitive Stimulation Series: Complete 8 Course Set

Cognitive Stimulation

This complete set of eight courses, is offered for $199.50, a discount of more than 1/3 when compared to purchasing the courses separately. After viewing the videos and passing the online tests, you will become a Certified Cognitive Stimulation Instructor. A certification like this demonstrates that you are on the cutting edge. Families will be comforted to know that you and your community care about their loved ones and their quality of life. People who complete the certification training and testing will be certified for two years. To become recertified, they just need to complete 3 hours of training and testing within the two years before their certification expires. DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 01

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 1: Use It or Lose It: Evidence and Ideas for Cognitive Stimulation Programs In this presentation, you will learn about the latest research on the use it or lose it theory and why cognitive stimulation is associated with improved mental functioning and a decreased chance of developing dementia. In addition, a holistic approach to brain health is introduced. Many practical suggestions for cognitively stimulating activities are presented. Learning Objectives 1. Be able to list many modifiable lifestyle behaviors that are associated with memory ability in older adulthood. 2. Be able to describe how the Reserve Hypothesis can explain the observations that people who are more cognitively active are less likely to show symptoms of memory impairment. 3. Be able to name and describe many different cognitively stimulating activities that middle age and older adults can do to stay cognitively active. DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 02

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 2: Memory: Why Do We Forget, How Does Memory Change as We Age? In this presentation, you will learn how we make new memories, why we forget, and how memory changes as we age. There is good news, in that some cognitive abilities remain relatively intact and we’ll discuss how to take advantage of those in older adults with memory impairment. Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to tell the difference between different types of memory and how they change as people age or develop dementia.
  2. Know why memory failures occur.
  3. Be able describe the types of cognitive abilities that remain relatively intact during older adulthood and through most stages of dementia.
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 03

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 3: How the Brain Makes Memories, Controls Behavior, and is Related to Many Common Problem Behaviors In this presentation, you will learn how the various lobes of the brain help control mental processes. In particular the role of attention and concentration (i.e., executive functioning) in the lives of aging adults will be discussed. Also, valuable information about enhancing executive functioning in order to maximize quality of life, in people who already have memory impairment, will be discussed. Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to help people with memory impairment process information at a deeper level in order to encode new memories.
  2. Be able to describe what lobes of the brain handle basic cognitive functions (e.g., attention, language, vision, and planning).
  3. Be able to describe different behaviors and interventions that can improve executive functioning (i.e., attention, inhibition, and planning).
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 04

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 4: Distinguishing Dementia and Delirium In this presentation, you will learn about the most common types of dementia and how they differ from delirium. Differences in different types of dementia will be discussed as that knowledge can be used to better help people with dementia. You will also learn basic information about commonly prescribed memory drugs. Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to describe the difference between dementia and delirium.
  2. Be better able to recognize sudden worsening of cognitive ability that might not be dementia and might be treatable.
  3. Be able to explain differences in the most common types of dementia.
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 05

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 5: Developing Your Own Cognitive Stimulation Program: The Activities In this presentation, you will learn how to use many different types of targeted cognitive stimulation activities.  You will learn how to exercise executive functioning, word fluency, spatial memory, and other cognitive abilities. This video lecture will better prepare you how to offer a high quality cognitive stimulation program that can be varied to fit a wide range of cognitive abilities. Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to deliver word fluency and word generation activities.
  2. Be able to deliver a wide range of executive functioning activities.
  3. Be able to describe many different types of cognitively stimulating activities.
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 06

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 6: Developing Your Own Cognitive Stimulation Program: Best Practices and Motivating People In this presentation, you will learn important principles to maximize the efficacy of cognitive stimulation and other activity programs. Essential topics such as screening potential participants, challenging more capable participants, size of classes, and frequency of classes will be discussed. You will also learn how to motivate participants to engage in cognitive stimulation programs and other activities. Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to screen potential participants to determine the appropriateness of a cognitive stimulation program and level of program difficulty that would be appropriate for a potential participant.
  2. Be able to describe optimal class size and frequency, as a function of class level, setting, and number of instructors.
  3. Know strategies to increase participants’ motivation to engage in activities.
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 07

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 7: Maximizing Quality of Life: Physical Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep Affect Memory Ability Matter In this presentation, you will learn how physical exercise, nutrition, and better sleep can maximize cognitive ability and quality of life. You will also learn strategies to motivate people to engage in these positive lifestyle behaviors. Older adults will benefit from your knowledge of these important factors. Learning Objectives

  1. Be able to describe how exercise affects cognition and what types of exercise affect which cognitive abilities.
  2. Be able to give advice as to how nutrition can aid cognition and overall health.
  3. Better understand the relationship between sleep and cognition and how sleep quality can be improved.
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 08

Cognitive Stimulation

Volume 8: Maximizing Social Support and Social Engagement In this presentation, you will learn how social support and loneliness are related to mental and physical health outcomes. You will learn many invaluable strategies to maximize social support and engagement among older adults in a variety of environments. These strategies can dramatically improve quality of life for many older adults. Learning Objectives

  1. Better understand how perceptions of social support and loneliness can change during older adulthood.
  2. Better understand how perceptions of social support and loneliness can affect mental and physical health.
  3. Be able to describe numerous strategies to enhance perceptions of social support and decrease loneliness.
DVDs have been discontinued. This updated video is now available on the course test page.

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 09

Cognitive Stimulation

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 10

Cognitive Stimulation

Cognitive Stimulation Vol. 11

Cognitive Stimulation

Cranium Crunches Workbook

Cranium Crunches

Dr. Rob Winningham, nationally recognized author and expert on the aging brain, has partnered with Activity Connection, the premier online resource for activity professionals, to bring you Cranium Crunches Workbooks.