The Ten Commandments

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 6: Do not murder

Commandment 7: Do not commit adultery

Commandment 8: Do not steal

Commandment 9: Do not lie

Commandment 10: Do not covet

4 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments

  1. Jacqualene Nelson says:

    Thank you
    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.


  2. elisa bosley says:

    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.


  3. Colleen says:

    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


    • Elisa Bosley says:

      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!


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