Crosswords for the aged: 72 crosswords on 24 themes for low, medium and high level care, are available now as a CD of 99 pages for $30.
These crossword puzzles, all by Fran West, are taken from Words of Wisdom: an activities magazine for the aged care community Issues 1-4.
There are three different levels provided for the crosswords.
These levels are denoted by a star system.
One Star: Indicates suitability for those in high care (following individual assessment by a professional). Ten words are provided in the crosswords.
Two Stars: Indicates suitability for those in medium care (following individual assessment by a professional). Twenty words are provided in the crosswords.
Three Stars: Indicates suitability for those in low level of care (following individual assessment by a professional). Thirty words are provided in the crosswords.
In each of the crosswords, the actual words to be found are also included on the right hand side of the page.
The crosswords are: Animals, At the Beach, Australian Birds and Animals, Birds, Buildings, Christmas, Explorers, Fish, Fruit, Getting Dressed, Golf, Headgear, In the Bathroom, In the Kitchen, In the Shed, Islands, Letters A-E, Mountains, On the Farm, Parts of the Body, Space, Sports, Trees, Vegetables.
The font size for each level also varies to make it easier for people doing the crosswords.
Ideal for use with dementia patients and provides an activity for general use either in an aged care facility, day care centre or at home.
Great for reminiscence work too, bringing back memories of different rooms in the house and different activities which people have enjoyed in the past.
The answers to the crosswords are found at the end.