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Poker Hand Match Up

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"Straight", "Two Pair", "Full House" - almost everyone is very familiar with these playing card hands and what they mean. In this activity, the poker hands are already made up - the fun and challenge is matching them to the templates, recognizing what they are and deciding which one has a "higher" value. Even if you don't know your poker hands, the activity includes all you need.

  • Cognitive challenge
  • Familiar to many people - almost automatic responses
  • Recreate challenge of poker in an achievable way
  • Templates and pre-set hands to guide to success
  • Full instructions - no need to know poker to present

For someone with dementia or Alzheimer's who is familiar with poker or other card games, the names of the hands and their relative values are so familiar that they are almost automatic. It is an "overlearned" skill. This activity draws on that familiarity.

In this fun activity, we recreate the feeling of playing poker without the decision making and strategizing necessary in the real game. The poker hands are already made up on laminated cards, with matching templates. The instructions describe a variety of activities ranging from naming the hands, to matching them to the templates, to sorting them by relative "value" and finally to playing a game of poker. As the person with dementia's confidence increases, we increase the challenge and build on their success.

Suitable For:

A great activity for people with dementia or Alzheimer's who enjoyed playing poker or other card games.

Package Includes:
  • 10 laminated poker hand cards
  • 10 laminated templates
  • 9 laminated poker hand names
  • Laminated list of poker hands
  • Full instructions

This product is proudly assembled and packaged by the people of The Ark, a community organization dedicated to providing services for persons with special challenges.

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