Call to Mind Conversation Game

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A communication game developed especially for people living with dementia. A great way to get conversation flowing, recall old memories and create new joyful experiences with the people you love.

Key Features:

  • Spark conversation and connect with loved ones.
  • Recall fond memories and encourage reminiscence.
  • Suitable for all ages - bring generations together for a FUN TIME.

In the early- to mid-stages of dementia, lapses in memory and episodes of confusion may begin to affect the way in which a person communicates with their family and friends. Feeling frustrated, helpless and unsure of themselves, they may choose to withdraw rather than risk an upsetting situation. When this happens, finding things to talk about can be a struggle. As a carer, you may worry about saying the wrong thing, choosing instead to say nothing. This is a mistake and the absence of conversation can have a negative impact on the wellbeing of the person in question. Why not try playing a specially designed game together instead?

Call to Mind is a brilliant game conceived by Angela Newton, an occupational therapist working in elderly care, in conjunction with University College London’s Professor of Psychiatry of Older People, Gill Livingston, and brought to market by Angela’s sister, Laura. Designed to help the person with dementia to connect with, and to recall, positive personal memories, inspiring conversations and making it easier for them to enjoy quality time with family, friends and carers across all generations. The game can also boost the morale and self-esteem of the individual with dementia, particularly when other players show genuine interest in their opinions and experiences.

How do you play? It’s simple. Spin the spinner and choose one of four colour coded cards, matching an image and answering a question. Two to four players can easily sit round the board together and it is not necessary for the full game to be played in order to enjoy or benefit from it. The question cards, alone, can be used to stimulate conversations across a range of topics and so make communication easier. Often, questions are about things that an older person might not have discussed for a while, such as a holiday they particularly enjoyed or where they grew up. This can prompt distinct memories. As well as stimulating the mind, playing the game also exercises the senses, hand movement and speech.

Note: Colour coded feedback sheets are included on which information can be recorded. Designed to fit into a care plan folder so that all carers can access them.  

  • Dimensions: 26.5x26.5x5.5cm
  • Weight: 0.88kg

How to Play:

  1. The first player spins the spinner and picks up a card of the colour it stops on.
  2. The player reads out the card topic and identifies a picture on the board that represents this. It will have the same colour border as the card.
  3. The player answers any or all of question on the card if they wish.
  4. The conversation is opened to the other players.
  5. The player keeps this card as one of four colours to collect and so ends their turn.
  6. If the player finds nothing to say about the card, they can pick another of the same colour.
  7. Play continues with the next player doing the same.
  8. If the spinner lands on the colour of a card the player already has, they can spin again until it lands on a different colour.
  9. Play carries on until everyone has collected a card of each of the four colours or when the players want to stop.

Bought this game to promote conversion a great conversion starter for people who suffer with dementia.

Brilliant. Played it as a family with my mum who has dementia. Now going to use it at a dementia group we have started up. Good for communication and getting the brain ticking with past memories plus making new ones.

I bought it for this summer when my husband would be quite isolated because our Church stops Men's Meeting on Wednesdays. They came to our home every Wednesday in August to do this game, and my husband in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease enjoyed it so much by joining their discussions. The rest of the men too seemed to like it and to get to know each other better. I myself other than giving them coffee and cake had fun to share about myself. A great game!

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