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Are dice games useful for those with dementia?

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Large dice are a useful tool when it comes to designing and playing games with those who have dementia.

This is particularly true if the person or persons in question liked to play games using dice before they had There are several things you should keep in mind before and during the designing and playing of dice games or any games for that matter when it comes to people with dementia.

Although it may be fun for some to have winners and losers, it is best not to emphasize this, but rather the fun of the game complimenting those who try their best to play.

Also introduce one game at time. Then play this game for several weeks before trying another similar game. If the games are quite a bit different, you may be able to introduce more than one at a time. Always follow the KISS rule. That is keep it as simple as possible.

You should you play dice games for several reasons Dice games are fun. Dice games have been played for years. Thus many people with dementia find dice games familiar. Familiar is always good when you are doing something with those who have dementia.
Dice games are extremely versatile. Some dice games rely on luck, and some use skill and planning. Some games use a combination of both. You can find dice games to play with one player or a whole group of players. There are dice games you can play on a table or on the floor.

Dice games are mind stimulating. This, as you probably know, is especially good for those with dementia. Studies show that persons with dementia, who keep their mind stimulated, show a slower decline in mental functioning than those who do not. They encourage counting, numbers recognition, and mental addition. Dice games reinforce the idea of taking turns, scoring, patience, and a whole host of other things.

Dice games can be played in a small space and are easily transportable. You can always find room for a couple of dice. You can even make your own dice by covering small to large boxes with white paper and drawing or pasting circles or numbers on them.

Dice games give those with dementia who play them personal satisfaction. Most people love the look and feel of dice especially home made ones.

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