Adlibs are great for laughs and to stretch the memory. I have never done Adlibs books with the elderly, but it seems like it would be a fun and good activity to do with the elderly. “Adlibs: create your own silly story” is a book that has many stories with fill-in-the-blank parts in it. There is a category given under the blank to help the group fill in the blank.
The category is usually some type of English word. For example: verb, adverb, adjective, or noun. As a group, we fill in the blank before the story is read. This could be good for the elderly because it helps them have to remember what a verb and adverb are. This could also help stretch their imagination. It is a fun thing to do and I know that laughing with friends is always good for everyone.
Editor’s Note: Thank you! We love Adlibs and have used them with all age groups. It certainly does bring on the laughs! Seniors also do enjoy playing, including many elderly groups, and this would also depend on their memory and health. But speaking of memory — Adlibs definitely can be a type of memory game. At least it seems to trigger off lots of “I remember…” types of conversations. I also believe that laughing is one of the best ways to lift one’s mood and even help with depression.