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TRIO is a fun and challenging game that uses a specially designed deck of cards and templates to help people with dementia or Alzheimer's build cognitive, logical and spatial reasoning as well as visual perception. Each card has one of three shapes, each shape on the card is one of three colours and finally, there may be one, two or three shapes on the card. This results in a set of 27 different cards. The cards are used in a variety of activities and games by matching the attributes between the cards, or finding those that are different.

  • Cognitive challenge
  • Improves dexterity
  • Builds logical reasoning
  • Helps with spatial reasoning
  • Full instructions

Using the included instructions and templates, you will use the cards to progress from simply naming the colours, shapes and number of shapes on the cards, to matching one or two of these attributes and finally to making "trios". Once the person can successfully identify trios, then there are several games that can be played to further enhance the activity and promote social skills. This is an excellent all round fun activity that can be used at a variety of levels of ability.

Suitable For:

A great activity for almost anyone with dementia or Alzheimer's.

Package Includes:
  • 27 TRIO cards
  • Laminated templates
  • 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.

From Simple to More Challenging, TRIO has Something for Almost Everyone...
Simple Matching Activities...
Templates make it easier for the person with dementia

The first step is to introduce the colors and shapes to the person with dementia using simple matching activities. To prevent overwhelming them, we use only a subset of the cards. Start with the graphic template and once that has been mastered, increase the challenge by using the template with only text.

More Complex Activities...
Increase the challenge with more difficult templates

Once the person can identify and match the simple set of cards, add the rest of the deck and the more complex templates.

Making a TRIO...
Learn how to make a TRIO

For those people with more abilities, the next step is to learn about and find TRIO's. A TRIO is any combination of cards that has each single attribute (color, shape and number of shapes) either the same across all cards, or different across all cards.

Playing TRIO Games...
Play TRIO games

The instructions describe several games of varying complexity that offer fun and challenge for one to four players.

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