A question I ask aged care residents when I’m running a Chair Chi workshop is “Who was Johnny Weissmuller?”
Usually one or two will know the answer.
Why ask this question? To stimulate residents’ long term memory and also to get a laugh.
This is how I go about it.
I’ll say, “Now it’s time to do the Johnny Weismuller”. I then ask “Do you know who Johnny Weissmuller was?”
Anyway, Johnny Weissmuller was a champion swimmer and a movie actor famous for his portrayal of Tarzan during the 1930s and 1940s. And when he thumped his chest with his hands and yelled, you knew he was nearby in the jungle.
I get the residents to do a milder version of Tarzan by lightly tapping their chests with their hands … but the yell is optional. Occasionally we get one or two residents who do the Tarzan yell as well. 🙂
So far the funniest response to my question was when one resident smiled and replied, “It’s Mrs Weissmuller’s husband!”