Memory Care Case Study – Alice

This case study shows how Mo’Brickz Senior Play provides an engaging activity for memory care clients.

Alice is a resident at Cedar Lane, a Memory Care Facility in Montara, CA. She suffers from advanced symptoms of Dementia. As a result, with a smile on her face, her vocabulary is limited to saying “Thank You”. She is the sweetest of ladies. When I first started working with her I wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to build so I gave her a Duplo horse which she loved and caused her face to light up!

On another visit, the employees of the community were having a staff meeting and one of the nurses had her two young daughters with her. I asked them to join us. One of them was less than 3 years old at the time. She is still in diapers and had a limited vocabulary due to her young age. She immediately took to Alice and instinctively, on her own started pulling out minifigures and giving them to Alice. Alice would line them up and start counting, one, two, three. The little girl would give her another minifigure, Alice would line it up, start from the beginning, and count them all, one, two, three, four. They got up to 16 when we ran out of minifigures so I gave them a Duplo duck. The little girl gave it to Alice and Alice said, “Not the same”.

For Alice to say more than “Thank You” is significant because she suffers from advanced symptoms of Dementia. Her vocabulary and attention are very limited, everyone was thrilled to watch her count, say, “not the same” and be engaged in the activity.

When I began Senior Play, a program to bring LEGO® Duplo to Seniors, especially to those who suffer from brain related issues, I wasn’t sure if it would work. I knew that I played with LEGO as a child, but anyone older than 70 did not necessary play with LEGO or ever build with LEGO even when their children were young. Working with the seniors at Cedar Lane Care has shown us that it doesn’t matter how old you are, LEGO is a great median due to its color and possibilities. Every week I bring in a new kit to build and a lot of minifigures that engage the seniors, no matter their ability.

Are your seniors not engaging in activities anymore? Try Mo’Brickz Senior Play, a new and creative activity that engages seniors with LEGO® Duplo. Shoot me a quick email at: patty@mobrickz.com. Just tell me about your situation and I’ll consider buying you a $200 trial of this program.

— Patty

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