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There are many patriotic holidays throughout the year. This activity is appropriate for those times, as well as for any time you or they just feel or want to feel patriotic.
You should have a flag or a picture of a flag handy. You can start this activity by reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance." Then you can sing one or two patriotic songs, such as "My Country Tis of Thee'' or "America the Beautiful, Beautiful," with the person or people with dementia.
Now you can have a discussion about the flag. Instead of asking questions, make statements that the dementia participants can complete. Here are some examples.
The colors on the flag are_____,______ and____.
The flag today has_____ stars.
The color of the stars is_____.
The flag has_____stripes.
The colors of the stripes are_____ and______.
There are six____stripes.
There are seven____stripes.
The stripes represent the_____original colonies.
The first flag had____ stars.
I am sure you can think of many more statements. In fact, you can have your participants think of statements about the flag. Then sing the song, "You're a Grand Old Flag."
Now talk about the letters in the word "flag." Mention each letter one at a time. Say, "Lets think of words that start with each letter. If the participant is higher functioning, then have them say a word that starts with a particular letter that is a symbol or a feeling of the flag or patriotism.