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Most Popular Games & Activities for People with Dementia

This week, we’re happy to share with you some of the participant’s favorite activities, games, and movies that are much-loved at the Center, as well as fill you in on some of the ways technology is making a difference in your loved ones’ day.


  • Puzzles
  • Folding towels or matching socks
  • Clipping coupons
  • Adult coloring/art
  • Put silverware away
  • Clay/play dough
  • Looking at family photos
  • Collages/cut out pictures from magazines
  • String cherrios to hang outside for
  • the birds
  • Roll yarn
  • Arrange flowers
  • Water plants


  • Cards
  • Bingo
  • Dominos


  • Musicals
  • Disney movies
  • Movies that involve animals
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding


How about some technology?

You may have noticed, AFC has a number of iPads in the Center for participants to use. Games on iPads can be a way for a participant to take a social break, enjoy some quiet time, or engage in an activity by themselves that is fun and rewarding. There are several popular and free apps that can be engaging and fun for your loved one.  Giang Huynh, Social Worker, provided some of the participant’s favorites:

  • Keynote
  • Numbers
  • Bridge
  • My Bowling 3D
  • Pandora
  • Solitaire
  • FingerPaint
  • Domino
  • Checkers
  • Word Search
  • IQuarium
  • Pottery
  • Mindmate
  • Recolor
  • WatchESPN


For more phone apps to play with your loved one, check out our article on popular smartphone apps for people with dementia!