I gratefully acknowledge Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, California, for many of the ideas in these studies, modified and expanded with discussion questions appropriate for elders with dementia.
Commandment 1: Have no other gods
Commandment 2: Make no graven image
Commandment 3: Do not take the Lord’s name in vain
Commandment 4: Keep the Sabbath
Commandment 5: Honor your father and mother
Commandment 7: Do not commit adultery
4 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments”
I am a memory card program director and can freely proclaim Jesus.
I can use all the help that I can get with facilitating sharing God s word with our Residents. Many know Him already during their lifetime, but still need to be fed.
Jacqualene, thank you! That’s exactly right — God’s people still need to be fed. I am almost done with the Hymns project and am also working hard to update all the Bible study and worship service resources. God bless you for your work, and please let me know if I can be of any specific help.
For years I taught children. I tried to always show them a visual whenever possible. So I used flannel graph. Do you think it would be good to use for dementia residents. This is all new for me.
Thank you. Colleen
Colleen, yes, I think a flannel graph can be a terrific tool for dementia residents. The key is not to make it too childlike; even though people who have dementia are cognitively limited, they are not children and they can pick up on when they’re being treated like kids. So I think it depends on what the flannel graph looks like (is it super goofy and cartoony, or is it more artistic/realistic in its depiction of people and such?) and how you use it. You might try talking about it humorously, getting the residents on board with it as a “fun” visual aid, something like, “I used to love flannel graphs as a kid, and I think they’re fun — what do you think? Did you ever see these when you were little? Even now, I feel like they help me see things in a Bible story in a different way.” In other words, keeping the conversation light and fun — which is more respectful than treating the flannel graph too earnestly. I hope that makes sense 🙂 and bless you for asking this good question and doing this work!