Make a Christmas Carol Matching Game for seniors and Alzheimer’s/dementia patients!
My mom, who has Alzheimer’s, loves music! And even though she has trouble remembering just about everything, lyrics to familiar songs are the exception. Singing along to oldies is one of her favorite activities.
The Mayo Clinic says music can help relieve stress, anxiety, and agitation in Alzheimer’s patients. And research suggests the area of the brain that is linked to musical memory is “relatively undamaged” by Alzheimer’s disease.
I believe it! There’s just something about music that relaxes and calms my mom. And her memory of song lyrics is pretty amazing given her current cognitive level.
With Christmas just around the corner, I decided to make mom a matching game using the lyrics of Christmas carols. We incorporate listening to music and sing-alongs into her activity plan, but I had never tried anything like this with song lyrics. I wasn’t sure how it would go over. She’s a very picky little old lady. ?
Well, she loves it! I’ve been kicking myself for not thinking of this earlier! She’s been matching and humming and singing and toe-tapping all day!
How to make a Christmas Carol Matching Game
This game is super easy to create!
- Make a list of Christmas carols your loved one knows. I created Mom’s list from carols I remember her singing when I was a child. I came up with 16 sets of Christmas carol song lyrics and matching song titles. You could do more or less depending on your loved one’s functioning level.
- Create the matching sets by either writing or printing the song titles and matching lyrics onto cards. To set my mom up for success I chose lyrics that led into the song title or lyrics that were super familiar.
- And that’s it! Time to match! My mom, who is in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s, is able to do this activity independently with great success. What a boost for her self-esteem!
Download my version of the Christmas Carol Matching Game – FREE Printable
Save time and download a printable PDF with my game cards. I created them with large, easy to read, senior-friendly print. To prevent mix-ups, the song title cards are in all caps, and the lyric cards are lower case with a couple of small graphics. This makes for easy sorting. Just download, print on cardstock, cut, and you’re good to go!
I used super familiar Christmas carols and lyrics to ensure success. And there’s an answer key, just in case.
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This is such a fun activity! After the holidays I may just make some additional song lyric matching printables using my mom’s favorite oldies.
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