Flower quiz for dementia stimulates senses and memory

A quiz about flowers is a good summer activity for elderly people with a form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. Questions can function as memory training. The participants automatically search their memory for answers. Flowers are a positive and cheerful subject. A question and answer game about flowers can also be an excellent opportunity to reminisce about flowers. Reminiscing means that you deliberately recall positive memories with the elderly with Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia. You can move from a quiz question to recalling a memory and then talking about those memories. You can easily turn a quiz about flowers into a sensory activity: seeing, smelling, feeling and sometimes even tasting can be discussed. Using as many senses as possible stimulates these elderly people extra. If you appeal to more senses, the activity is more likely to be a success.

Flowers that are very familiar to many seniors, including those with dementia

It is important to realize that a quiz about flowers with elderly people with a form of dementia should be about flowers that you think all elderly people know. If you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look around a flower shop. Or you ask the elderly themselves which flowers they like.

Flowers well known in the Netherlands

  • Tulip
  • Rose
  • Daffodil
  • Lily
  • Freesia
  • Margriet
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Gerbera
  • Sunflower
  • Carnation

 

Offer the quiz to people with Alzheimer’s in a suitable environment

It is important that the environment in which you do an activity suits the activity itself. So, if possible, provide a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the table. The best thing in this case is a varied bouquet, containing flowers that appear in the questions. You can go to the market or to a flower shop where you can perhaps put together a bouquet yourself. Or, if you have a garden, you can pick flowers in your own garden. It is especially nice if the care center has a terrace or garden with flowers, where you can hold the activity. Of course, you can also use additional photos of, for example, the Keukenhof or the bulb fields or postcards, garden magazines or garden books with sharp, large color photos.

Quiz questions about famous flowers

  1. What are a number of flowers together called? A bunch or a bouquet
  2. Do you know another word for a bunch of flowers? A bouquet.
  3. Can you complete this proverb? There are no roses… without thorns.
  4. Which flowers come from a bulb? Tulip, daffodil, crocus, chrysanthemum, grapes, hyacinth
  5. For which flower is the Netherlands famous abroad? Tulips.
  6. Can you name a famous attraction where you can see many flowers in spring? The Keukenhof.
  7. How does this song continue: ‘Little, little toddler…’? What are you doing in my garden, you are picking off all the flowers…
  8. Which flowers have a strong scent? Freesias, lilies, lilacs.
  9. What do you do with flowers before putting them in a vase? Cut diagonally.
  10. Which flowers can cause unsightly stains on your clothes? Lilies: the pollen sheds heavily.
  11. Which flower has thorns? A rose.
  12. Name a flower with an M: daisy. (You can of course easily vary this question if you need additional questions)
  13. Which flower is a symbol of love? The Rose.
  14. What was Prince Bernhard’s favorite flower? A white carnation.
  15. Which Dutch princess has the name of a flower? Princess Margriet
  16. Where can you buy flowers? In a flower shop or on the market
  17. How does this song continue ‘When spring comes then I will send you…’? tulips from Amsterdam

 

Senses

To engage all senses, in addition to asking questions (hearing), you can of course show the flowers or photos of flowers (seeing). If you have strong-smelling flowers, you can make them smell. There are also edible flowers. Of course, you must prepare well for this in advance. One of the best-known edible flowers is the nasturtium. Not every elderly person will be willing to taste a flower. But of course you can also eat a flower yourself. Who knows, your clients might really like that. A photo of a salad with flowers will certainly evoke reactions.

Reminiscing about the flower quiz

To occasionally interrupt asking questions, you can have a short conversation with the elderly with Alzheimer’s in response to a question. Moreover, it is easier for some elderly people to talk spontaneously about a subject than to answer specific questions. When answering specific questions, some people with dementia are concerned about making “mistakes”.

Questions that trigger memories

  1. Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers?
  2. Who gave you flowers then?
  3. When did you get flowers?
  4. Have you ever given a bunch of flowers as a gift?
  5. When did you give flowers to someone?
  6. Did you have a wedding bouquet?
  7. What flowers were in your wedding bouquet?
  8. Did your wedding guests wear a corsage?
  9. What are your favorite flowers?
  10. Are there any flowers you hate?

 

Conclusion

A question and answer game about flowers can become a fun, cheerful summer activity that many elderly people with dementia can participate in. Questions and answers can be alternated with conversations and viewing, smelling and sometimes even tasting flowers.

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