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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dementia activities for spring

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Here are some easy fun, yet mind stimulating activities anyone can do with someone who has dementia.

Connect to nature

In late spring flowers are in bloom. This is the perfect time to arrange flowers and discuss the favorite flowers of all. You can talk about flower colors scents, where flowers grow as well as any other characteristics about flowers that seem appropriate. This discussion and activity will stimulate their mind and give a dementia person a feeling of self worth

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Easy Spring riddles trivia and facts

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Q.  What season is it when you are on a trampoline?
A.  Spring-time!
Q.  When do monkeys fall from the sky?
A.  During Ape-ril showers!
Q.  Can February March?
A.  No, but April May!
Q.  What flowers grow on faces?
A.  Tulips (Two-lips)!
Q.  Why is the letter A like a flower?
A.  A bee (B) comes after it!

 

Question 1:


What does the name 'Irish Spring' refer to?
A soap brand
An euphemism for bad breath
A holiday
An uprising in Ireland

Question 2:

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What is the nickname of musician Bruce Springsteen?
The Soldier
The Boss
Chairman of the Board
The Devil


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Question 3:

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In which U.S. state is the city of Palm Springs located?
California
All of these
Texas
Hawaii


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Question 4:


What kind of animal is the Springbok?
Frog
Antelope
Wild cat
Insect

Question 5:


'La primavera', or 'Spring', is Concerto No. 1, in E major which is part of 'The Four Seasons' violin concertos. Who composed "The Four Seasons"?
Giacomo Puccini
Antonio Vivaldi
Antonio Salieri
Gioachino Rossini

Question 6:

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In what country did the European Revolution of 1848, also known as the Spring of Nations, begin?
Italy
England
Russia
France


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Question 7:

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'Primavera', or 'Spring', is a famous painting by which celebrated artist?
Michelangelo
Leonardo da Vinci
Sandro Botticelli
Titian


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Question 8:

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What is the birth name of TV host and former politician Jerry Springer?
Jeremiah
Gerald
Joseph
George


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Question 9:

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What is the name or the Roman goddess of spring?
Venus
Flora
Primavera
Aphrodite


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Question 10:

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What breed is the dog in the picture?
American Springer Spaniel
French Springer Spaniel
.German Springer Spaniel
English Springer Spaniel

Spring Facts

Spring is one of the four seasons.
  • The four seasons are Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
  • Spring comes after Winter and before Summer.
  • Spring is a symbol of rebirth.
  • When it is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere it is Autumn or Fall in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The Northern Hemisphere is North of the Equator.  The US is in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • The Southern Hemisphere is South of the Equator.  Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Spring begins on March 21st or 22nd.
  • The first day of Spring is called the Vernal Equinox.
  • Vernal is Latin for Spring.
  • Equinox is Latin for Equal Days.
  • On the first day of Spring the sunrise and sunset are about 12 hours apart, everywhere on the Earth and the hours of daylight and night are almost equal. Daylight is a little longer.
  • The Vernal Equinox occurs when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is not facing towards or away from the sun.
  • On the Vernal Equinox the sun is directly above the equator. This also happens on the Autumnal Equinox in Fall around September 22nd.
  • What Happens During Spring?

    • During Spring the Earth’s axis start to tilt towards the sun.
    • The days get longer and warmer.
    • Many animals have babies such as cows, birds, ducks
    • Animals such as bears who hibernate start to wake up and become active.
    • During April you will see more rain showers.
    • During May the flowers will start to bloom.
    • That is where the saying April showers bring May flowers comes from.
    • Easter, Passover, April Fools Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Cino De Mayo, Holi (festival of colors in India) are all holidays in Spring
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    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Mount Rushmore Day is coming in March

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    Mount Rushmore Day is celebrated in March . Here are some facts to discuss with your residents


    Here are a some Mount Rushmore facts for inquiring minds
    • Borglum was 60 years old when he began working on the monument.
    • Rushmore's granite faces tower over 5,500 feet above sea level.
    • The carvings are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.
    • Each President's head is as tall as a six-story building.
    • Over 800 million pounds of stone was removed from Mount Rushmore during the construction.
    • Imagine climbing 506 steps to reach the top of Mount Rushmore-this was how many steps the workers had to climb each day!
    • The president's noses are 20 feet long, their mouths 18 feet wide, and their eyes are 11 feet across!
    • Did you know that Gutzon Borglum was a student of renowned French artist Auguste Rodin, and was one of America's most successful artists before even considering Mount Rushmore? His Mares of Diomedes was the first American work purchased by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also has 5 statues on display at the U.S. Capitol Building.
    • Here is an astonishing fact: no deaths occurred during the whole period of carving, just a few minor injuries.
    • Can you imagine that with all the dynamite used?

    Learn more about Mount Rushmore with a Mount Rushmore Tour.

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    St. Patrick's day activity for low functioning residents



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    Just in case you missed the article in Alzheimer's Care Magazine/Current Activities in Geriatric Care or want to become a subscriber, here is part of the article about St Patrick's Day for low functioning residents
    Onto St. Patrick’s Day, as promised, here are two simple activities for St Patrick’s Day for lower functioning residents.
     
    The first activity is making oatmeal. Call it Irish oatmeal. You can use instant oatmeal. It is best that you add the hot water and let it cool before giving it to a resident.
     
    Have a variety of food items that can be added to the oatmeal. Give each participant at least one thing to add to her oatmeal. After adding it, have her mix it.
     
    Here are some suggestions for oatmeal mixers: Sugar or sugar substitute, green jelly, green yogurt, green jello, green sugar sprinkles, green frosting, or green dry cereal, just to name a few. If you want, you can use different flavors of oatmeal. Also if you were going to do this activity at another time, you could add other typical oatmeal mixers.
     
    While the residents are eating or preparing the oatmeal, have some Irish songs playing. After finishing the oatmeal, the residents could have an Irish song sing along or a discussion about St Patrick’s Day trivia.
     
    Here is another activity for the lower functioning residents. Consider this sensory activity. Get material with a special feel or color to it. Of course, green for St Patrick’s Day. Compile pairs of other sensory item for St Patrick’s Day such as: four leaf clovers, lepricons or large gold coins. Have about 20 pairs of sensory items like socks, mittens, artificial flowers, shoestrings, a picture cut in half, yarn or anything you think your residents would like to feel For more ideas go to Actually you should have the at least the number of pairs as half the number of people in the group or the same amount of pairs as people in the group depending on how you want to play the game. Separate the items into two matching piles. Put one of each item in one bag and one of each item in another bag.
     
    Now on to how to play the game. Count the number of participants. Make sure each person will get an item or pieces of fabric. You can have two people get the same item or you have each person get a different item. If you decide to let two people get the same item, go around the room or circle, depending on how you assembled the group, to see if she can find the person who has the same item or the other half of the item as her. Give everyone a turn. After a while, the person with the other matching item will have a turn. This is especially good for low functioning residents because there is more opportunity for success. Give hints, encouragement and plenty of positive feedback. Ask how the items feel and what you might use the item for.
     
    The other way to play the game is to give each participant a different item. Have the other matching items in a bag. After everyone has an item, have each person pick out an item from the bag. Let her see if she can find the participant who has the match to what she has picked out. Again hints encouragement and cheering make this game a lot of fun. To add a feel sensory element, you or the participant describe the item by talking about the way the item looks or feels.
     
    As you can see, this game can be adapted to many occasions or it could just be an any day activity.
     
     

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    The Story of Purim

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    Purim is a fun holiday even if you are not Jewish. Part of the celebration is telling the story of Purim. When telling the story, every time members of your audience hear the name Haman, theu must boo and stamp their feet or make noise with the traditional Jewis noisemaker, the grager.





    The Story of Purim


    Once upon a time in a town called Shushan, there lived a man called Mordechai.  He was a very good man, and always tried to help people and do the right thing.  Mordechai lived with his niece Esther, and they were Jewish,


    In the same town there was a king called King Ahashverosh.  He lived in a big palace and had lots of money, but he was a bit lonely. He needed a new queen to come and live with him in the palace.  He looked everywhere and eventually he decided that the one person he liked most of all was Esther, who was not only pretty but also kind and very smart.


    So Esther said goodbye to her Uncle Mordechai and went to live in the palace with the King and become his queen, but she didn’t tell him she was Jewish.


    Now there was a man who worked in the palace who was not very nice.  His name was Haman.  He expected everyone to do exactly what he said, and to bow down to him when they saw him, and Haman got angry if someone didn’t do exactly what he wanted.


    One day Haman met Mordechai, and Mordechai did not bow down to him.  Haman became very cross and he went to the King and said, “There are some people around here who do things differently from other people, and I think you should make them go away.”


    The King didn’t really know what Haman was talking about, but he said “OK, you can tell those people to go away, the ones who do things differently”.


    What Haman wanted to do was to get rid of Mordechai and Esther and all their Jewish friends!


    The Jewish people were very sad, because they liked living in the kingdom and they didn’t want to go away.  What could they do??  Mordechai sent a message to Esther at the palace, and the message said “Esther we need your help!  That nasty Haman wants to get rid of us all!  Please talk to the King and ask him to stop Haman.”


    Queen Esther thought “I must be very brave” and she made a special dinner for the King, with all his favorite foods.  Then she invited the King and Haman to come and have dinner with her.  The King thought dinner was delicious, and he was so happy that after he finished eating, he said to Queen Esther “What can I do for you, to say thank you?”


    Queen Esther said “Oh please, I need you to help me and my uncle Mordechai and all our friends, because someone wants to make us go away”.


    “That is terrible!” said the King, because he really liked Esther and he didn’t want her to go away. 


    “Who wants to get rid of you and your family and friends?”


    Esther pointed at Haman and said “It’s him! Haman wants to get rid of us!”
    “Oh no!” said the King, and he was very angry indeed.  He called his guards and said “Take away Haman and get rid of him instead!”


    Then the king asked Mordechai to come and work at the palace and do Haman’s job – but of course Mordechai was much nicer than Haman! And nobody had to go and live anywhere else if they didn’t want to.


    So after that, everyone lived happily in the Kingdom.  Mordechai did a really good job working for the king, and Queen Esther made delicious biscuits called Hamantaschen to remind everyone that the wickedness of Haman is no more..

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    Types of Bread

    Types of Bread 

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    More information to go along with the March article in Activity Director Today

    Common Types of Bread

    White
    Wheat
    Rye
    Marble Rye
    Pumpernickel
    Tortilla
    Pita
    Matza
    Mantou
    Cornbread
    Sourdough
    Hardtack
    Strucla
    Naan
    Baguette
    Pain de Mie
    Pan Dulce
    Roti
    Chapati
    Puri
    Paratha
    Challah (my favorite bread ;p)
    Rghifa
    Plain Bread
    Focaccia
    Stottie Cake
    Brioche
    Lavash
    Biscuit
    Pretzel
    Bagel
    Papadum
    Pain aux Noix
    Tin Vienna
    Dinkelbrot
    Barley
    Appam
    Ciabatta
    Damper
    Phulka
    Puran Poli
    Boule
    Chocolate Babka
    Cinnamon Babka
    Panettone

    For a more extensive list go to check out the wikipedia on bread



    Saturday, January 17, 2015

    Healthy Breakfasts

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    • Ready-to-eat whole-grain cereal topped with fruit and a cup of yogurt
    • Whole-grain waffles topped with peanut butter, fruit or ricotta cheese
    • A whole-wheat pita stuffed with sliced hard-cooked eggs
    • Hot cereal topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice or cloves
    • Peanut butter on a bagel with fresh fruit (banana or apple wedges) and low-fat milk
    • Breakfast smoothie (milk, fruit and teaspoon of bran, whirled in a blender)
    • Vegetable omelet with a bran muffin and orange juice
    If your taste buds just do not crave breakfast foods in the morning, try:
    • Lean ham on a toasted English muffin and vegetable juice
    • Cheese pizza and orange juice
    • Grilled vegetables mixed with beans and cilantro topped with cheese
    • Heated leftover rice with chopped apples, nuts and cinnamon and fruit juice