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Sunday, April 6, 2014

National Nursing Home Week 2014

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National Nursing Home Week 2014

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This year the theme of National Nursing Home Week 2014 
is Living the Aloha Spirit. For information on how to celebrate this special week follow the links at
 http://www.ahcancal.org/events/national_nursing_home_week/Pages/default.aspx

You can also read articles in the Activity Director E magazine or articles in the Alzheimer's Care Guide Magazine

Friday, April 4, 2014

National Volunteer Week is Coming

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Points of Light
National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile – Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, we recognize individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government entities and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round.

Take action

  • Share your stories – Tell us about the impact volunteers are having in your community or through your organization.
  • Learn more about these volunteer recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards.
  • For more information on National Volunteer Week, please contact Jennifer Geckler at jgeckler@pointsoflight.org.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

National Vokunteer Week: Sample Letter to the Editor

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[ORGANIZATION NAME] Announces Recognition Plans for 2013 National Volunteer Week

Local Volunteers Encouraged to Celebrate Service During National
Volunteer Week
[CITY/STATE, MONTH DAY, 2013 – ORGANIZATION NAME, ORGANIZATION
DESCRIPTION], today announced plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week, a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.

The volunteers at ORGANIZATION NAME have helped us to meet our challenges and have actively given our residents a higher quality of life by helping them in so many ways.

We will be honoring our volunteers on XXX by XXX

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Gifts For Those With Dementia and Other Long Term Care Residents



Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information


Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,


Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire




Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be


Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care  professionals to get an easyceu or two


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The Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition]



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Over 5.5 million Americans are living with dementia. Is one of them someone you know or work with? Get him/her or anyone with Alzheimer's disease an Easter gift that will keep on giving long after the holiday is gone.

First on the list of gifts is a book by Susan Berg called Adorable Photographs of Our Baby -- Meaningful, Mind-Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones and Involved Professionals, This book features baby photographs that seniors with dementia love. This book shares a plethora of ideas and resources for you.

Another gift dementia persons will fancy is a love classic musical video or DVD. They will enjoy watching something from the good old days and singing the songs played throughout the picture. Here are a few suggestions: Singin' in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, or Shall We Dance

Next is a sing a long CD or audio cassette of their favorite love songs. There is a series of these called, Old Time Favorites by Nancy Pitkin

You may want to get a sing a long video where your loved one can see and hear performers singing songs they love and are about love. A good one is, Sing-Along with Phil Bernardi: Songs We Know and Love

Here is another idea. Give a friend with dementia some hand lotion. Any kind will do. Just be aware of any allergies or pain issues he/she might have. If he/she can tolerate it, those with a pleasant scent work well. Give him/her a relaxing hand massage talking about how good the hand massage feels, how much you love this person, and an Easter experience you both share from the past.

If you cannot afford or do not have time to get these gifts before Easter, give the gift of yourself. No matter how hard it is for you to visit a dementia person, he/she will appreciate your company even though he/she may not be able to express it. Take him/her for a walk, sing some of your favorite songs together, or share some messages of love. Just spend some quality time with a dementia person. Both of you will feel better. Do remember to be upbeat animated and excited about visiting.

A phone call or an Easter card will do if there is no way you can visit in person. At least they will know you are thinking of them. Then visit on another day.

So no matter what you do, do not forget the person with dementia this Easter because it will make you and him/her feel good. What could be better than that!

Order any of the products mentioned in the article at Amazon.com.
These gifts are simple, inexpensive or free, and can be enjoyed by all.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Aesop's fable- Crow and the pitcher

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The Crow and The Pitcher
 

Once upon a time there was crow flying around and he was so weak from thirst that he was half dead with thirst. Finally flying became too hard for him and he had to land. He landed near a narrow necked pitcher.  Right away, the crow stuck his head into the pitcher to get a drink thinking that the pitcher would be full of water he was very sad to find that there were just a few drops way at the bottom of the pitcher.

What was the poor thirsty crow to do?
He shoved his head all around the neck of the pitcher, but no matter what he did he couldn’t reach the water at the bottom. Giving up on that idea the crow began looking around for a solution to his problem. He spied a bunch of pebbles nearby and got a super great idea. He gathered the pebbles and one by one, dropped them into the pitcher. He dropped so many pebbles into the pitcher that he lost count. Finally there were enough pebbles in the pitcher that the water rose up the neck of the pitcher far enough for the thirsty crow to drink.
That is the story of the Crow and the Pitcher.  The moral of the story is that a little bit at time can get a big job done. Don’t give up, keep working to reach your goal.  OR, “Every journey starts with one step.”

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Apple tree- story about patience

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Archie loved apples. He thought they were sweet.
He thought apples were always a wonderful treat.
He ate apples each day when he went out to play,
but the part in the middle, he just threw away.
 
Then one day as he ate an apple to the core,
he caught sight of a seed, wondering what it was for.
If he planted a seed, it just might grow a tree.
Archie thought, "what a wonderful thing that would be."
So he planted the seed in a hole, core and all.
He had faith it would grow, even though it was small.
With a shovel he covered the core with a mound,
taking care of the seed that was under the ground.
 
He brought water each day in a watering can.He did his very best to make good on his plan.
Every day, he returned with the hope he would see
a small sign of new growth from the seed to a tree.
But the sign did not come and as time drifted by
Archie started to doubt whether he should still try.
There was no hint of green, not the tiniest leaf.
Was an apple tree really worth all of the grief?
He was ready to quit if it just would not grow.
For so long he had watered that seed down below.
Archie went to his father to ask what to do,and his dad told him something that he never knew.
He said, "sometimes things don't go the way that we plan.
Sometimes people give up when they don't think they can.
But to those who keep trying, when no one else will,
there are dreams to achieve and great hopes to fulfill."
 
The words struck Archie's mind and he knew they were true.
He would try to be patient and keep trying too.
Archie came every day without fail to the seed.
He brought water and tended its every need.
 
Then one day like the sun breaking out from a storm
a green leaf sprouted up from the ground in true form.
Reaching into the sky as if saying hello
the new tree met the one who allowed it to grow.
 
Archie saw the small leaf, and a tear filled his eye.
He was so full of cheer that he started to cry.
It was patience that brought this new life from the ground.
It gave Archie more joy than he ever had found.
 
He had not given up when the outlook was grim.
He helped that little seed that depended on him.
And the tree brought him apples, in time, that were sweet.
It brought even more apples than Archie could eat.
It grew strong, broad, and beautiful; ever so tall
from the patience and hope for a seed once so small.
 
 
~ THE END ~
 




                         
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Aesop's fable about honesty

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,

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MERCURY AND THE WOODMAN

 

A Woodman was felling a tree on the bank of a river, when his axe, glancing off the trunk, flew out of his hands and fell into the water. As he stood by the water's edge lamenting his loss, Mercury appeared and asked him the reason for his grief; and on learning what had happened, out of pity for his distress he dived into the river and, bringing up a golden axe, asked him if that was the one he had lost. The Woodman replied that it was not, and Mercury then dived a second time, and, bringing up a silver axe, asked if that was his. "No, that is not mine either," said the Woodman. Once more Mercury dived into the river, and brought up the missing axe. The Woodman was overjoyed at recovering his property, and thanked his benefactor warmly; and the latter was so pleased with his honesty that he made him a present of the other two axes. When the Woodman told the story to his companions, one of these was filled with envy of his good fortune and determined to try his luck for himself. So he went and began to fell a tree at the edge of the river, and presently contrived to let his axe drop into the water. Mercury appeared as before, and, on learning that his axe had fallen in, he dived and brought up a golden axe, as he had done on the previous occasion. Without waiting to be asked whether it was his or not the fellow cried, "That's mine, that's mine," and stretched out his hand eagerly for the prize: but Mercury was so disgusted at his dishonesty that he not only declined to give him the golden axe, but also refused to recover for him the one he had let fall into the stream.

Honesty is the best policy