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The Funny Side of Nostalgia TV

Slideshows | Digital Downloads

This look back is certain to conjure happy memories as we focus on funny TV programs, mostly from the 1950s and 60s. It includes:

  • 3 Trivia quizzes related to many early situation comedies and their stars, plus trivia quizzes on Happy Days, Get Smart, and TV pilot premises that didn’t fly
  • Discussions on Burns and Allen, Hollywood Squares, Candid Camera and Johnny Carson
We bet you’re smiling already. 104 Slides NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Time Will Tell

Slideshows | Digital Downloads

Einstein explained his theory of relativity by saying "Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity." Time is fascinating and fun. This slide show offers:

  • A trivia quiz called, "It's time you knew"
  • Three word games related to time including the meanings behind days of the week and months of the year, timely expressions, and time-focused words
  • Two imaginative exercise on what you would do with extra time expressions of time
Curious yet? Satisfy it with this slide show. Here is a sample excerpt. 113 Slides NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

What's Left? Holidays & Seasons

Slideshows | Digital Downloads

If you enjoy Activity Connection’s elimination quizzes in which you cross out words on a grid according to the clues given, thus revealing a funny or inspiring quote with the leftover words, you will love this What’s Left? book. Inside are 26 word puzzles including four for the seasons and 22 for holidays ranging from the common (Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day) to the less so (Australia Day, Chinese New Year). Each time you cross out the words related to the clues, you will be delighted by the quote that remains. Answers always follow on the next page. All puzzles are different from those offered through Activity Connection subscriptions. These are great for group or individual activities or for families to do with their loved one when they visit. Use them to stretch your wordplay imagination, remind yourself of the joys of holidays and seasons, and meet some interesting, quotable people along the way. This e-book is 53 pages NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Winter Celebrations

Slideshows | Digital Downloads

Winter abounds in celebrations, some of which are covered in the slide shows Happy New Year and Love and Marriage (sort of related to Valentine's Day). This one covers the exuberance of Groundhog Day, the Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras/Carnival. Again featuring stunning photos, it includes:

  • Trivia quizzes on Ground Hog Day and Carnival/Mardi Gras
  • Imagining yourself at Carnival/Mardi Gras
  • A word game of Chinese Lantern Festival-style riddles
  • A discussion of your Chinese horoscope symbol
  • More ideas for events to celebrate
Try it; you'll want to live each one over and over! Here is a sample excerpt. 113 Slides NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Winter Wonderland

Slideshows | Digital Downloads

This cold climate-focused slide show includes:

  • Reminiscences about winter memories – the pleasant and unpleasant
  • Trivia quizzes on polar bears, penguins and remedies for treating colds and flu
  • Word games on snow rhymes, words with snow in them, and writing a winter poem
  • Discussions on winter quotes and dreaming about penguins – What does it mean?
In between are corny jokes and fun facts. Get a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy. Here is a sample excerpt. 111 Slides NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

24 Junk Drawer Detectives Vol. 1

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

These 24 Junk Drawer Detective puzzles feature bright and lively original photos, followed by an easy-to-read list of items to search for. Not only entertaining, Junk Drawer Detective puzzles exercise the frontal lobe of the brain and help improve the areas of attention, concentration, and executive functioning. Download these puzzles to print at your convenience or display them on your television screen. NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

24 Junk Drawer Detectives Vol. 2

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

These 24 Junk Drawer Detective puzzles feature bright and lively original photos, followed by an easy-to-read list of items to search for. Not only entertaining, Junk Drawer Detective puzzles exercise the frontal lobe of the brain and help improve the areas of attention, concentration, and executive functioning. Download these puzzles to print at your convenience or display them on your television screen. NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

25 Concentration Puzzles Vol. 1

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

These 25 full-page puzzles can be printed or projected on a screen. They are challenging riddles that consist of a series of images, symbols, and letters that represent a common phrase, title, or name. Your brain has to stay flexible to solve these because you often have to find new ways to interpret the information to figure out the answer. The Concentration Puzzles’ clean, modern graphics make them ideal for hanging in a common area. 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.

25 Concentration Puzzles Vol. 2

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

These 25 full-page puzzles can be printed or projected on a screen. They are challenging riddles that consist of a series of images, symbols, and letters that represent a common phrase, title, or name. Your brain has to stay flexible to solve these because you often have to find new ways to interpret the information to figure out the answer. The Concentration Puzzles’ clean, modern graphics make them ideal for hanging in a common area. 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.

25 Concentration Puzzles Vol. 3

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

These 25 full-page puzzles can be printed or projected on a screen. They are challenging riddles that consist of a series of images, symbols, and letters that represent a common phrase, title, or name. Your brain has to stay flexible to solve these because you often have to find new ways to interpret the information to figure out the answer. The Concentration Puzzles’ clean, modern graphics make them ideal for hanging in a common area. 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.

25 Wacky Wordies Vol. 1

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

Each of the 25 pages in this download contain 12 visual representations of common words or phrases to decipher. Besides being a lot of fun, Wacky Wordies combine letters, numbers, and images. This variety activates several parts of the brain, giving it a good workout. Figuring out puzzles also provides the brain with a boost of the “feel-good” neurotransmitter dopamine. 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.

25 Wacky Wordies Vol. 2

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

Each of the 25 pages in this download contain 12 visual representations of common words or phrases to decipher. Besides being a lot of fun, Wacky Wordies combine letters, numbers, and images. This variety activates several parts of the brain, giving it a good workout. Figuring out puzzles also provides the brain with a boost of the “feel-good” neurotransmitter dopamine. 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.

30 Men's Puzzles

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

While women can enjoy these too, men will certainly appreciate a variety of puzzles geared towards them. Each of the 30 puzzles is a full page and designed to be cognitively stimulating. The topics include cars, fishing, handiwork, and more. In a group setting, the themes in the puzzles also make good conversation starters. 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.

50 Assorted Word Searches

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

Order now and receive a downloadable PDF containing 50 assorted word search 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.

50 Celebrity Word Searches

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

What do Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn have in common? Yes, they all look really good in a pair of blue jeans. But, in this case, they are also four of the 50 stars featured in our word searches. Order now and receive a downloadable PDF containing 50 celebrity word search 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.

50 No-Bake Recipes

Digital Downloads | Cooking

Take a mix of all the senses, whisk in a healthy scoop of purpose, add a dash of cognitive skill-building, and sprinkle generously with conversation and memories. Then, enjoy a delicious sweet or savory snack, such as hazelnut truffles or white bean dip. No oven required.

Bingo by Another Name

Digital Bingo Cards | Digital Downloads | Games

Replace the B-I-N-G-O letters across the top of these cards with another five-letter word to make your own customized cards. Simply delete the existing letters and type in other letters. Change the letters on one card and the new letters will appear on all the cards. The PDF file contains instructions and 40 different bingo cards. Note: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Categorizing Cards Vol. 1

Digital Downloads | Alzheimer's & Dementia

Does an artichoke belong at the produce market or the dentist’s office? Where are you likely to see a Bunsen burner? This 22-page booklet contains 72 printable cards that each have a bright, color photo of everything from a woman scrubbing a sink to a dental X-ray. Included are directions for categorizing games and activities. We expect you’ll discover even more ways to utilize this versatile and unique “deck” of cards. 9 Sets of Cards

Drama Skits Volume 1

Digital Downloads | Reading & Relating

Calling all Thespians! Dust off your acting chops and get the troupe back together! We're offering up 10 Drama Club skits from our archives. Included skits are:

  • A Bicycle Built for Who?
  • Bed-and-Breakfast
  • The Sunny Side Call Center
  • The College Students
  • Clueless: A Murderless Murder Mystery
  • No Service
  • Bernice and Alan: A Tribute to Burns and Allen
  • Be My Valentine
  • Life-Changing Lottery
  • Chef Wanted at Chez Herbert
Each skit includes a copy for the activity director, a large-print copy of the story, as well as a fillable sign and program to advertise your activity. 159 pages 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.

EZ Short Stories Volume 1

Digital Downloads | Reading & Relating

Grab your cozy chairs and curl up with ten of our EZ short stories from the Activity Connection archives! Included for each story in this volume are the discussion activity, large-print handout, and an accompanying PDF slide presentation:

  • If Hats Could Tell a Story
  • Saving Lucille
  • The Holiday Lesson
  • (S)nowhere in Sight
  • Pie in the Sky
  • The Mighty Winds of March
  • Flower Mart Adventure
  • In the Good Old Summertime
  • If Life Were a Cartoon
  • The Way Things Were
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.

Giant Bingo Ball Calling Cards

Digital Bingo Cards | Digital Downloads | Games

Use these large bingo calling cards instead of the traditional bingo balls. It is a great way to include people in the game who are hard of hearing or who might have low vision. Print the set of 75 extra-large cards. Shuffle the cards, hold up one at a time, and call out the letter and number. The PDF file includes instructions, masterboards, and a full set of 75 extra-large calling cards. Note: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Leaf Collection Game

Digital Downloads | Games

Bingo goes green with these 32-page download that features 25 playing cards, a set of calling cards, and tracking sheets. Instead of calling out numbers and letters, it’s leaves like poplar, maple, and willow players are trying to find and cover. This attractive game features realistic illustrations of 30 types of leaves from a variety of tree and shrub species. The images are so accurate, you can use the cards to identify trees on a walk or have a leaf scavenger hunt. 25 Cards With your purchase comes the ease and convenience of accessing the materials whenever you need them. If a card gets ripped or ruined, simply reprint it! NOTE: Due to the nature of this product, we are unable to provide refunds on digital downloads.

Number Puzzles Vol. 1

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

This digital download has 25 challenging math puzzles. There are Math Count Up Puzzles, 100 in a Row Puzzles, Calculation Crisscrosses, Numbered Squares, What Comes Next?, and a Honeycomb Puzzle. This download will keep you busy for hours! Includes 25 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.

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

Digital Downloads | Alzheimer's & Dementia

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)

Digital Downloads | Discussions & Reminiscence

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)

Digital Downloads | Discussions & Reminiscence

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)

Digital Downloads | Discussions & Reminiscence

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)

Digital Downloads | Discussions & Reminiscence

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

Digital Downloads | Reading & Relating

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

Digital Downloads | Reading & Relating

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

Digital Downloads | Reading & Relating

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

Digital Downloads | Puzzles & Trivia

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.