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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More on Hi Neighbor Month

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What kind of relationship do you have with your neighbors? Many people today don’t even know their neighbors these days. Today show your neighbors how much they mean to you. Bake some cupcakes, brownies or frame a photo of you together and give it to them. You can give them a card to let them know they are an important part of your life. Maybe you can plan a neighborhood holiday get together. This is the time of year to celebrate your neighborhood.

 




Hi Neighbor"

“Hi Neighbor” was created to encourage people to come outside and talk with their neighbors, reconnect with those they haven’t seen in awhile and begin establishing relationships that build strong communities. Initially a one night event in June, the CRC now promotes the entire month of June as “Hi Neighbor” month. This is a great time to plan a party, do a good deed for a neighbor or just visit.

 

The History of Hi Neighbor

Do you know your neighbors? Have you taken any time recently to stop and chat with those that live near you? Many of us might answer no to both of these questions. Our busy lives and the construction of modern homes with the focus on backyard patios rather than front porches, have led to isolation among neighbors. Worthington has taken steps to change this through our annual “Hi Neighbor” night. Sponsored by the Community Relations Commission, “Hi Neighbor” began in 2001 and received international attention through media outlines throughout the United States, Canada and Britain.

The idea for this event grew from conversations that former City Council Member Courtney Chapman had with several Worthington residents. The September 11th tragedy has made many of us long for more connections with family, friends, and neighbors. Worthington City Council is supportive of this initiative to build neighborly relationships throughout the City, and asked the Community Relations Commission to organize this event. “Hi Neighbor” nights in Worthington
are meant to be informal opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other. Participants could bring along family photos of new grandchildren or recent vacations. . The possibilities are endless.
 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

December is Hi Neighbor Month

 
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There are more words on this video even though it is with Barney


Here are words to the song Hi Neighbor


spoken
Hi, Neighbor!
Hi, Neighbor!
Hi, Neighbor!
Whadaya know
And whadaya say
Hi, Neighbor!
Hi, Neighbor!
Throw all your worries away
Come on and shake my hand
And let a grin do the rest
It makes you feel so grand
To get your chin off your chest
And shout
"Hi, Neighbor!"
My Neighbor
Time to play
And say "Hi!"
Never, never, never wear a frown
Or let yourself get down
Just take a minute
And you'll all begin it
Hi, Hi, Neighbor!
(Instrumental interlude)
(spoken)
Well, Hiya, Neighbor!
Ah ... Howdy, Partner!
Whadaya know
And whadaya say
Hey!
(spoken)
Hi, Neighbor!
Why ... ah, Howdy, Partner!
Throw your worries
Away for a day
Come on and shake my hand
And let a grin do the rest
It makes you feel so grand
To get your chin off your chest
I'm shoutin' to ya
"Hi, Hi, Neighbor!"
My Neighbor
Time to play
And say "Hi, Neighbor!"
Hi, Neighbor!
Keep the chin up
Light the grin up
Follow right up with
"Hi!"

Friday, October 17, 2014

An election activity for those with dementia


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People with mild Alzheimer’s disease or are in the early stages certainly have the right to vote. They can read about the candidates in the newspaper and watch TV to further learn about the people running and the issues at hand. They may need a reminder to vote or they may need to have someone get an absentee ballot for them.

What about those Alzheimer’s and dementia folks who have a more severe form of these diseases. Even though it is not practical for them to vote in the real election, they can take part in some pre election activities.

Please note that there are some with advancing Alzheimer’s or dementia that are very clear about who they want to vote for. These folks should be allowed to exercise their right to vote.

They may only vote for one candidate or issue. That is OK.

Back to those who are not able to vote in the standard election. Here are some ideas that will make them feel like part of the process and exercise their brain at the same time.

First you can recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” together.

 Next you can start by singing some patriotic songs. Songs might include: “The Star Spangled Banner”, “America”, “America the Beautiful”, “God Bless America”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”, and any others they may enjoy.

You can have them name as many titles as they can. To make it easier, you can say some of the words in the title and let them supply the missing words.

Some patriotic songs lend themselves to marching. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy and Yankee Doodle went to Town, are ideal for marching around the room or marching in place. Not only is this fun and patriotic, but it is also good exercise.

Next you might want to try easy presidential or election trivia. Here are some sample questions.
Who was the first president of the United States?
Which president cut down the cherry tree?
Which president was the father of our country?
Which president freed the slaves?
Which president was called, ”Honest Abe”?
Which president said “Ask not what your country can do for you? Ask what you can do for your country?”
This question lends itself do a discussion about things persons can do for their country.
Which party starts with the letter D?
Which  party’s symbol is a donkey?
Which party starts with the letter R?
Which party’s symbol is an elephant?
What month is the presidential election?
Every how many years do we vote for president?
Which candidate is the democratic candidate for president?
His first name is Barack.
Who is the Republican candidate president?
His last name is Romney?
Who is the Democratic candidate for vice president?
His last name is Biden
Who is the Republican candidate for vice president?
You can ask the same type of questions for local election candidates.
Name two presidents that had the same last name.
Hint: Adams, Roosevelt
Who was the oldest president?
How long is a presidential term?
How many terms can a president be elected f

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alzheimer's cooking activity with cocoa

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Making a sweet treat with cocoa We are going to talk about making cocoa. However, this is not ordinary cocoa.This is healthy cocoa
Here are the ingredients
2 heaping teaspoons per 5 ounce cup(standard Styrofoam coffee cup)
a little more or less depending on how much the participant likes chocolate.
1 packet of sugar or sugar substitute
5 ounces or less ,hot water*actually, you can use cool water if you prefer
Optional milk substituted for all or some of the hot water.Were you wondering about this 
 
By adding just a few teaspoons of water or milk, you can make a chocolate sauce.
You can spread the chocolate sauce on a graham cracker for a yummy treat

Directions
Give each participant a Styrofoam or other coffee cup with 2 heaping teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa in it.
Leave the spoon in the cup if this is appropriate
Give each participant a packet of sweetener depending on his/her dietary restrictions.
Have the group members open the sweetener packet and pour the contents into the cup. As always, give help as needed
Here is the next step to making a healthy brain boosting treat for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias .

Have each person mix the cocoa and the sweetener with the spoon. Assist those needing help

If you are concerned that someone might get hurt pouring hot water near the group members collect the labeled cups, pour the water into the cups. Allow them to cool and distribute them.

There are many variations
Add a few teaspoons of room temperature water or milk to each cup with mixed cocoa and sweetener.

Have the group member mix the ingredients together.
Of course, this is a good activity for all long term care residents because it is simple, healthy, and easily adaptable to a wide variety of people.

You must mix this well for the cocoa to dissolve. Scoop the mixed chocolate sauce onto a graham cracker, piece of plain cake, plain yogurt  or ice cream.

If someone needs to have thickened liquids,make the cocoa with 5 ounces of water and add thickener to the mixture to get the right consistency.

What I like about this activity is that you can make a cocoa treat for just about anyone unless he/she does not like chocolate. This is also a great activity because unsweetened cocoa is extremely high in antioxidants. As you know, foods and beverages rich in antioxidants combat oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a key componant to Alzheimer's disease because it can increase the amount of plaque in an Alzheimer's brain. There is much more information to follow

Please join us in a discussion.

By Susan Berg author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones and Involved Professionals, a book for those with dementia and an excellent resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Columbus Day tale for those with dementia

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Christopher Columbus

Traveling to India around the southern tip of Africa was dangerous and difficult. An Italian sailor by the name of Christopher Columbus proposed finding a new route by sailing West. Columbus thought that if they sailed West, they would eventually circle the globe, and arrive in Eastern Asia.

For seven years, Christopher Columbus traveled around Europe looking for someone who would finance his journey. The monarchs of Europe made fun of him, saying that it was too risky, and dangerous to attempt such a voyage around the globe.

Finally, Columbus arrived in Spain. For many years, Spain had been caught up in civil war. As a result, they were behind much of Europe in their development. King Ferdinand, and Queen Isabella were anxious to prove that Spain could be as powerful and successful as their neighbor Portugal.

In August of 1492 they granted Christopher Columbus the supplies, men, and ships that he needed to carry out his expedition. Columbus was given three sailing ships. These ships were named the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Columbus' men were terrified that they would be lost at sea, and that they would suffer starvation. As the days wore on, these men began to turn against him. Columbus was forced to agree to turn back, if they did not find land within three days.

On the night of the second day, just before he would have had to turn around, land was sighted. Columbus and his men discovered an island in the Caribbean, which they named Hispanolia. This Island is the location of the present day nations of Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Columbus did not realize that he had arrived in a new part of the world. He was convinced that he was in India. For this reason, he called the natives who lived on these islands the Indians.

Columbus returned to the Americas three more times. Each time believing that he was in India. During his life, he never realized what he had discovered.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

More about Columbus Day and dementia


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Activities Directors, caregivers, and others resposible for activities

Here’s some history trivia to share with your residents:

Italian mariner Cristoforo Colombo is called Cristobal Colon in Spanish, Cristovio Colombo in Portuguese and Christopher Columbus in English.
Columbus did not set out to discover a New World. He was obsessed with finding a westward route to Asia.

In January 1492, Columbus obtained the support of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Columbus’ fleet included the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. On his first voyage to the New World, Columbus commandeered the Santa Maria.

The Santa Maria was shipwrecked off the coast of what is now Haiti.
Columbus declared himself the governor of the island of Hispaniola.
Columbus made a total of four voyages to the New World, specifically the West Indies.

During his third voyage, Columbus was returned to Spain in shackles.
The first recorded celebration of the discovery of America took place in New York City on October 12, 1792 — exactly 300 years after Columbus landed in the New World.
One hundred years later, President Harrison encouraged citizens to participate in the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage.

On this day, the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy, was recited publicly for the first time.

In 1937, President Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 as Columbus Day.

In 1971, President Nixon made the second Monday of October a national holiday.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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.

Remember to leave your comments and questions

A good book to share with those who have dementia

Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful Mind Stimulating Activities