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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Easy exercises

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Check out these 13 light exercises that can help prevent and fight Alzheimer's. See how Missouri State University researchers are investigating an innovative concept in the battle against Alzheimer's. 





The 13 exercises in this sample workout can help seniors and people looking for light exercises to pevent and fight Alzheimer's. In this booklet, you’ll find easy-to-follow strengthbalance, and flexibility exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere. 

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Workout to Go: A Sample Exercise Routine from the National Institute on Aging at NIH

Featured exercises include:
For more exercises and information, see Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging, or check out the resources offered through Go4Life®, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.
This publication is also available on Google Play and iTunes .

Monday, October 16, 2017

Using Humor for those with Alzheimer's disease


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by Lisa Pevtow

To an Alzheimer's patient, there's nothing funny about forgetting to turn off the oven, losing a telephone number or misplacing books from the library. But turning those mishaps into punch lines might turn out to be therapeutic.

The idea that improvisational comedy might help those in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer's cope with their disease is being tested by the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company

Not having to memorize lines or remember a story narrative might spur confidence by freeing patients from worry over lost words or thoughts, and actually stimulate their brain chemistry to forge new protections against further onslaught of the disease, researchers say.

A possible role for creative arts in improving life for those with memory loss is being studied nationwide. In the region, besides Northwestern's Memory Ensemble project, which will continue in the fall, Elmhurst College researchers are looking at whether theater classes have a measurable effect on seniors' brains, and in Northfield, a day services facility is encouraging spontaneous storytelling.

At a recent improv session, skits progressed unexpectedly: A pair of lovers morphed into a mushroom hunting expedition; an ice skating adventure became a camping trip.

"I don't know what I'm doing," one of the performers confided, "but it's freeing."

Susan Walsh-Haggerty, 63, of Oak Lawn, appreciated the experience.

"I've learned that I am imaginative, playful and creative," said Walsh-Haggerty, pausing to search for the right word. "I can be funny."

Mary Beth Roth, whose husband, Wolfgang Roth, 80, participated, said he couldn't tell her 10 minutes later what he'd done, but, "Every day after class, there was a lightness in his spirit. There was a buoyancy about him, a more positive attitude."

Wolfgang Roth, a former dean of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston and a retired Hebrew scripture scholar, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007. His wife said the class "opened an avenue of new experience for him." She recalled that during a skit about a student and teacher, her husband accidentally used the wrong word, but everyone laughed, because it was funny, and the skit just went in another direction.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What do George Burns, Gunsmoke and Hemingway all have in common?

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They’re all great to listen to!

Many seniors find themselves spending much less time socially when trying to manage the emotions of isolation, loneliness or depression because of their health and circumstances. So it is of vital importance that caregivers at home and in care facilities make sure every effort is made to keep seniors spending some time with others and, hopefully, actively engaged in games, fun and laughter. Laughter really is a medicine to the body and mind, and it can be very therapeutic emotionally as well.

Not all group activities have to be a rip roaring time either. As enjoyable as it is to be read to, seniors would enjoy just sitting together in a room and listening to an old episode of Gunsmoke, or the Lone Rangers. Many will remember sitting around the radio with their family listening to these great shows.

Remember when…? Those old radio shows can stir the imagination, can’t they? How about another good laugh to an old radio classic of George Burns? Or Laurel and Hardy? .

For those times when reading to someone isn’t practical, a book can still be well enjoyed on audio too. Some may enjoy rediscovering the suspense of Sherlock Holmes, or the descriptive prose of Hemingway.

The Old Time Radio shows and even the audio books could be used by activity director’s for trivia games and theme months. They engage the emotions and entertain the imagination!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Apple Jokes

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Laughter is the best medicine for all kinds of diseases including dementia

Here are some apple joles to go along with the article in the October issue of Activity Director Today.

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What did the apple say to the apple pie?
"You've got some crust."

What is worse than finding a worm in your apple
Half of a worm

why did the apple lose its memory?
It had a bad case of worms

Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
No, they had an apple.

What kind of apple has a short temper?
A crab apple

A guy walks by an apple tree and the apple says "how yha doing" and the man screams "oh my God a talking apple!!"

How are an apple and a lawyer alike?
They both look good hanging from a tree.

It goes through an apple,
It points out the way,
It fits in a bow,
Then a target, to stay.
Do you know what it is?
An arrow

What did the apple tree say to the farmer?
Why don't you quit picking on me!

Why did the jelly roll?
Because it saw the apple turnover

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Top October cooking activity ideas

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Here are two cooking ideas using apples that can be easily modified to accommodate a variety of diets

Apple Butter
3 1/2 cups apple sauce,
sugar, (the formula is: sugar equal to half the amount of applesauce) Use sugar substitute for folks who are diabetic
A heaping tablespoon of cinnamon,
Half a teaspoon of cloves ( optional)
Cook it on low all day in a
crock pot!

This is especially good to make on a cold fall day. The aroma of it cooking is a true sensory experience.

The Frosty Apple
Ingredients
1 pint vanilla ice cream(Use no sugar added ice cream for folks with diabetes)
1 quart naturally sweet apple cider (Use Healthy Balance Apple Drink or another low sugar apple beverage for folks with diabetes)
4-6 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
Freshly ground nutmeg

Let a pint of vanilla ice cream soften at room temperature or microwave it for 20 seconds. Put ice cream and cider into a blender or food processor and blend until frothy and well mixed.
Stir in nutmeg. Pour into tall glasses and top with a scoop of ice cream(optional). Remember to add the appropriate amount of thickening agent for those on nectar or honey thick liquids
Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Yield 6 one-cup servings.

Making apple smiles is an edible craft

Ingredients
Apples cut into eighths- wedge style
I put lemon juice on them so they do not turn brown
Peanut butter -use another sticky substance for those allergic to nuts
Mini marshmallows or small pieces of apples

Smear peanut butter or substitute on the apple wedge
Put marshmallows or substitute near the top.

When they are complete the finished product looks like a smile.

For those on ground diets, peel the apples, cut the apples and bake them so they are soft before use.

For those who are on a sugar restricted diet

For those on puree diets, put some yogurt or vanilla pudding on a dish of applesauce shaped like a smile.


Friday, October 6, 2017

More Ways to Keep the Mind of People in Long Term Care Active in October



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There are a number of activities that can be done in the October with those who have dementia whether they live at home or at a long term care facility. Many of the activities can be done with other long term care residents as well. Remember any activity that makes people think will go along way in slowing the decline of dementia. In addition sparking conversation as these suggested ideas do, also help to keep a dementia person's mind active and slows down the disease process.

October is also pizza month. You could have a pizza party. You can make English muffin pizzas. If you do not want to do any cooking, you can talk about pizza toppings. See how many you and the group can name.

Another big event happening in October is the World Series. In fact October is World Series Month.

This is a good opportunity to talk about baseball one last time. Talk about favorite baseball teams, teams that might make it to the World Series, baseball trivia, etc. Of course do not forget to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".


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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How to celebrate Columbus Day with those who have dementia

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In early October we celebrate Columbus Day. Most people with dementia remember learning about Columbus in school. You can design a trivia game using simple facts. First you can tell the story of Columbus sailing to
America to your audience of one or more.

Then you can have a discussion about Columbus Day.


After the discussion, you can make up your own trivia game using facts in the story as well as any information the group member(s) want to include.

Here are some sample trivia questions:


The person who discovered
America was______________(Columbus)
The year Columbus discovered
America was___________(1492)
The ship that starts with the letter N that was in the Columbus fleet was the ________________(Nina)
Design as many questions as you can think of.
A little while later, see how many questions the person with dementia can answer.

Then you can sing some patriotic songs.

Finally you can discuss what most Americans do on Columbus Day.

Hopefully you have the day off and can have a nice relaxing day with your friend with dementia.

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