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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jewish holidays and other fall activities

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More Ways to Keep the Mind of People with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementias, Long Term Care Residents, and Others, Active This Fall

As with the early fall activities and discussion topics, the ones for mid fall also stimulate the mind of those with Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and other long term care residents. Keeping these people engaged in activities and conversation help to slow their loss of function. Having them keep a positive attitude also is a must

Mid fall activity topics include more about apples, but this time in combination with honey. Also on the list are the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In addition to this, classical music and the piano are timely topics because September is national piano month and national classical music month.

The first activity idea incorporates apples, honey and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. Rosh Hashana(the Jewish New Year) is most often in September, but it depends on the Jewish calendar which has goes by the moon. Simply put, Rosh Hashana is a solemn holiday. It is a time for reflection, a time when you examine your life and make amends for all the wrongs that you may have been part of during the past year. Yom Kippur is the "day of atonement" when you ask forgiveness for all your sins of the past year. There are some traditions of these holidays that everyone can enjoy

All Jewish holidays start and end in the evening.

A tradition on Rosh Hashana is to dip apples into honey. If you do this, it is said that you will have a sweet new year. This activity is relatively easy to do. You can have a discussion about the Jewish holidays. If you have any Jewish residents, make sure to involve him/her in the planning process. They may even reveal some more easy to do traditions to you.

Also call on them often during the discussion even if they are lower functioning. You might say something like, "Bella told me she used to(a tradition she told you about or you read about) on Rosh Hashana" Bella is the low functioning resident. It will make Bella feel good.

Then you can talk about honey.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Good news for activity directors

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Skilled Nursing News
Activity directors and non-certified nurse aides enjoyed the largest pay raises — on a percentage basis — of all skilled nursing employees between 2016 and 2017, according to the latest data set from the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.
Among salaried employees, activity directors took the crown with a bump of 3.44%, or a rise from $39,520 to $40,878. Nurse aides saw the biggest increase of any hourly employees, with wages rising from $10.53 to $10.90 per hour, or 3.50%. Staff registered nurses had a bump of 3.33%, for comparison, while certified nurse aides only took home 1.47% more in hourly wages.
These are just a few of the takeaways from the report, which the Oakland, N.J.-based service compiles annually in conjunction with the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Using data from 1,970 participating providers across the United States, the report paints a detailed picture of skilled nursing wages and staffing in a variety of settings, from continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) to traditional SNFs to independent and assisted living facilities.
Certified nursing assistants logged the highest turnover of any type of SNF staffer, with respondents reporting a rate of 38.8% — defined as the total number of vacancies, terminations, and resignations divided by actual positions. Registered nurses followed close behind with a rate of 35.7%, while dining services workers turned over at a rate of 35.1%. Top-level executives, meanwhile, had a rate of just 17.6%.
The data also show the gulf between compensation at nursing homes and pay at CCRCs: For instance, executive directors at CCRCs take in a full $40,000 more per year on average than their nursing-home counterparts, while hourly employees from licensed practical nurses and CNAs to dining staff routinely make less at nursing homes than in CCRCs: A cook can expect to bring in about $13.54 per hour at a CCRC, for example, as opposed to just $12 at a nursing home.
Written by Alex Spanko

Monday, August 7, 2017

Statue of Liberty



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Benevolant Society On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift to the United States from the people of France, was officially unveiled to the public by President Grover Cleveland.

It's been over a hundred years since the Statue of Liberty found her home in the harbor of New York and it has become an important part of American culture. But would you believe that Lady Liberty was actually a gift from the French? Read on for more fun facts on the Statue of Liberty.

Building Lady Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was built by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, with the help of tons of workers working ten hour days, seven days a week for nine years! The statue was finally finished in 1884 and presented to America on July 4th. It didn't arrive in the United States until many months later though, cuz all 350 individual pieces of the statue had to be packed into 214 crates for the long boat ride from France to New York.

The Statue of Liberty Comes to America
It was on Bedloe Island that the Statue of Liberty was reconstructed in America - the island is now called Liberty Island and is only accessible by ferry. Auguste Bartholdi thought that the New York harbor was the perfect setting for his masterpiece because it was "where people get their first view of the New World." The statue was to be a symbol of welcome for all immigrants coming to America, as well as a universal symbol of freedom.

Statue of Liberty Poem for Kids
Paul Perro, a children's writer, has written a great poem about the Statue of Liberty. You can read it online at History-For-Kids.combirthday on October 28th in honor of the day she was officially accepted by the president of the United States in 1886.

Statue of Liberty Quick Facts
  • The Statue of Liberty celebrates her
  • Visitors must climb 354 stairs to reach the Statue of Liberty's crown (or take an elevator to a lower lookout point).
  • There are 25 windows in Lady Liberty's crown.
  • The seven spikes on the Statue of Liberty's crown represent either the seven oceans or the seven continents.
  • The statue is made of copper and is now green in color because of oxidation (a chemical reaction between metal and water) from evaporation of the seawater surrounding it.
  • The Staue of Liberty weighs 450,000 pounds (204, 100 kilograms).
  • The Statue of Liberty has size 879 sandals that are each 25 feet (7.6m) long.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Wright Brothers are Remembered on Aviation Day


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Here is some useful information about Aviation Day

The Wright Brothers became actively interested in flying in 1895. For the first several years they read everything on flying they could obtain, even though most of what was available was theory and not fact.
In August 1899, they built a two-wing kite of 5 ft. span to test their idea of warping wings for lateral control. Based on the success of this kite, they built a glider of 17 ft. span in September 1900 which they tested at KittyhawkNorth Carolina. Although it was usually flown as a kite, several piloted free glides were made. However, it was not completely satisfactory because it often flew poorly and was difficult to control in a gusty wind.

The story of the invention of the airplane is a Puritan fairy tale. It is the story of how two honest, straightforward, hard-working Americans accomplished something fantastic and magical -- creating a craft of stick and fabric that mounted the air like the chariots of the gods, opening the skies to all humankind. Their success came so suddenly and from such an unexpected quarter that their contemporaries could not believe the Wrights had done what they claimed. After all, if prominent scientists and engineers the world over had been confounded in their efforts to invent the airplane, How could two common men from rustic America have succeeded? The Wrights instead of designing and building the whole craft, the two brothers constantly found ways to test individual components and subsystems of their designs. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stuffed Animal Costumes

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Stuffed Animals
Stuffed Animal Halloween Costumes
As Halloween approaches, the need to find a creative Halloween costume is felt more and more vividly. So why not combine your love of stuffed animals with your desire for a fabulous Halloween costume? Check out our list of creative stuffed animal Halloween costumes for adults or kids.
  • Noah's Ark Halloween Costume
All you need for this funny Halloween costume are a bunch of your favorite stuffed animals, an old laundry basket, and some paint and cardboard. To make the base for this stuffed animal Halloween costume, cut a hole in the bottom of the laundry basket big enough for you to fit through. Cut out and paint pieces of cardboard to be attached to the laundry basket to make it look like a boat or Ark. You could even paint, "Noah's Ark" on the side of the boat. Then, it's as simple as putting all the stuffed animals in the laundry basket (thus surrounding you as you wear the laundry basket/boat). If you have sets of two stuffed animals, that's all the better!
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears Halloween Costume
A fun Halloween costume for a girl is to dress up as Goldilocks and carry around three teddy bear stuffed animals (preferably of different sizes to emulate Mama teddy bear, Papa teddy bear, and Baby teddy bear). Then the girl puts her hair in pig tails, dons a blue little girl dress, and perhaps paints on freckles or red rosy cheeks.
  • Mother or Father and Stuffed Animal Babies Halloween Costume
You could also construct a Halloween costume to be any animal you like, and then carry around stuffed animal "babies." This can be a particularly cute stuffed animal with a parent duck and duckling stuffed animals, or a cat or dog with kitten or puppy stuffed animals.
  • The Cat's Out of the Bag Halloween Costume
If you're looking for a funny stuffed animal Halloween costume, how about being the cat let out of the bag! What you need is some kind of bag to wear, anything from a plastic garbage bag to a laundry bag. Just cut a hole in the bottom of the bag so that you can put your legs through. The top of the bag should be around your neck. You could attach it to your clothes with a safety pin. Then attach a cat or multiple cat stuffed animals to the outside of the bag with string. And thus the stuffed animal cats are out of the bag!

Easy inexpensive Halloween costumes

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Parentables
If you are looking for costumes that you can make for your residents or their plush stuffed animals, take a look at these 50 DIY costume ideas. With a little modification you and your residents can design these.

Cardboard Box Costumes

1. Rubix Cube. Paint squares and glue them onto a box. Cut holes for your head and arms.
2. Washing machine. Paint a box white and cut holes for the head and arms. Glue an empty laundry detergent bottle to the top.
3. Lego. Paint a box and cut holes for head and arms. Glue paper/plastic cups as the lego linking parts.  
4. Movie Theater Popcorn. Cut head and arm holes in a box. Paint the box white with red stripes. Glue yellow cotton balls or balled-up yellow paper on the top as the popcorn kernels.

Popular Characters

5. Raggedy Ann and Andy. Use red yarn to make wigs, knee socks and a rag-like outfit with blue denim and white overlay.
6. Pacman Ghost. Take an x-large t-shirt and cut the bottom in a triangle pattern. Cut out felt circles in white and blue to glue on eyes.
7. Tetris. Wrap a few smaller boxes in solid colored wrapping paper and tape the outside edges with dark colored electrical tape.
8. Super Mario Brothers. Great for brothers. Don some denim overalls and baseball hats, and dress one brother in a green t-shirt, one in red.
9. Mary Poppins. You'll need a long skirt and button-down shirt, black leggings and black dress shoes, and of course you can't forget the umbrella.
10. Orphan AnnieYou could use paint and rollers on your own hair or don a wig with red, curly tresses. Then you'll need some version of that famous red dress. (Sandy the dog is optional.)
11. Pippi Longstocking. Draw on the freckles and pull up the mismatched knee socks. You'll need a braid on each side of your head, and then thread a single piece of wire through each braid and across the top of your head to get them to stand up.
12. Fancy Nancy. Pile on the dress-up clothes and accessories. You could use paint and rollers on your own hair or don a wig with red, curly tresses.
13. Harry Potter. You'll need a cape, a wand, and round glasses. With makeup you can draw on the lightning bolt scar.
14. Mark Zuckerberg. If your kids are old enough to know the Facebook mogul, they probably also know his signature style: flannel pants, Adidas slip-ons and a robe.

Creative Costumes

15. Carpenter ant. Add extra legs with black tights filled with newspaper and wear a tool belt and hard hat.
16. Hurricane. Wear a sundress with a raincoat. Add dark colored streamers and leaves as debris (especially in your hair). You could also wear a posterboard cut-out of an eyeball on your head for the eye of the storm. 
17. It's Raining Cats and Dogs. Wear rain gear and then have fun decorating your umbrella. Either attach stuffed animals (cats and dogs) or use your own drawing or cut-outs from magazines, reinforced and glued to card stock.
18. Hula girl. Use a paper bag to cut a hula skirt and wear a real or fake flower lei as a necklace and flowers in your hair.
19. Donut. You can build a donut around a hula hoop and carry it around your waist or carry it beside you while you dress as a cup of coffee. If you are willing to cut the bottom out of a hamper, those make great coffee mugs, or use poster boards all around.  
20. Playing card. Use string to connect two poster boards (think salesman out front of a dealership handing out flyers). On one, draw or paint the front of the playing card, and on the other paint the back.
21. Cotton candySecure a paper cone on top of your head with bobby pins, and then cover some old clothes or felt with lots and lots of cotton balls painted pink or blue.
22. Loofah. Ruche an old tutu for part of this costume -- fill it out with extra tulle from the fabric store if your tutu isn't big enough -- and glue the fabric onto some old clothes.
23. Recycle bin or trash can. If you are willing to cut a head hole in the bottom of a hamper you can create a great shape and then attach (glue, tape or staple) trash or recyclable items to the outside.
24. Rainbow. If you have a white t-shirt and spare tights, have fun painting them with rainbow stripes.
25. Grapevine. Dress in green and your body will be the vine. Then attach lots of purple balloons.
26. iPod or iPad. Draw the front and back of an iPod/iPad on two posterboards and string them together at the shoulders.
27. Chocolate chip cookie. Wear a brown outfit and hat. Then cut a circular piece of poster board to make the cookie yourself and affix to your stomach. Brown pieces of felt work well for the chips.
28. Moon. Cut out two poster boards in the shape of either a full or half circle and paint them. Then attach the shapes with string at the shoulder.   
29. Sun. Cut out and paint yellow two circles from poster board. Use the extra board to cut triangles to glue along the edge of the circle. Then attach the shapes with string at the shoulder.

Tried and True Costumes

30. Mad scientistYou will need a white lab coat, lab goggles if you have them, and pretty much any accessories from an at-home science kit you have from around the house.
31. Butterfly or fairy. Throw on the sparkly tights. Many households with little girls have a pair of glittery wings floating around but if you don't it's easy enough to make them with poster board (you can also try these more involved crafting methods).
32. Hippie. Pile on the peace signs and tie-dye. Round tinted sunglasses and a bandana finish out the look.
33. Rock star. Spike up that hair and put on some cool sunglasses. Ripped jeans and rock t-shirts work or even a leather jacket would work. Accessories could include a microphone or guitar.
34. Scuba diver. Put on some swim trunks and a scuba shirt or a Hawaiian shirt with flip flops and goggles. Bonus if you have a scuba mask and snorkel.
35. Detective. A top hat works wonders with an oversized magnifying glass (maybe from an old bug-collecting kit). If you happen to have a pipe and a trench coat, the result will be even more convincing.
36. Witch. If you are like me and slow to throw things away, chances are you will find a pointy witch hat around the house. If not you can make one. Just add your decorated broom stick and your cape and you'll be good to go.
37. Ghost. The good old white sheet works wonders.  You'll need to cut out eyes and mouth to breathe (and eat candy, of course!).
38. Chef. We actually have a few chefs hats around the house from kids' kitchen kits but it's also easy enough to make one with tissue paper.  Don't forget to tie on your favorite apron and dust your face with flour.
39. Goth girl. Slide on the black nail polish, black lipstick, black jeans and black t-shirt with any kind of Gothic jewelry and a sour attitude.

Professional Athlete Costumes

40. Soccer player. Throw on those shin guards and cleats and don a jersey from your favorite team.
41. Hockey player. Pads are optional but impressive. Don't wear your skates trick-or-treating, but you can draw pretend skates on paper to attach over sneakers.
42. Horse rider. My daughter is wearing her riding boots, helmet, jodhpurs and jacket.
43. Football player. Again wearing the pads under your jersey is impressive. Also, don't forget the face paint lines under your eyes.
44. Cheerleader. Depending on the weather, you might need to wear some thermals under your cheerleading shirt and top. Don't forget the pom poms.
45. Ballerina. Dust off that dance recital costume, add leg warmers and tights and remember the tutu.
46. Gymnast. This year, post-Olympics, we're likely to see more of these professional athlete costumes. Be sure to put tights under the leotard so your little one doesn't freeze.
47. Basketball player. Bring along the ball and wear your high tops. Player jerseys and warm-up pants or long basketball shorts finish out this look.
48. Skier or snowboarder. Bundle up in a snowsuit and attach long pieces of cardboard to your shoes as skis or bring along your snowboard as an accessory.
49. Lacrosse player. Try attaching your candy bag to your lacrosse stick. Then wear your favorite jersey and warm-up pants or shorts.
50. Field hockey player. Wear your team's uniform and bring along the stick. You might want to slip on some warm leggings under the field hockey skirt.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Creating a mandala from scratch

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MathisFUN


Make a MandalaBefore starting this activity:

symmetry artist
Read about Rotational Symmetry.
Have a play with Symmetry Artist
(use "Rotation Symmetry")

Mandala

mandala sand
A Mandala is a geometric design used in Hinduism and Buddhism to help meditation.
It is like a religious pattern of the universe.
And you can make your own!
You will need:
  • Paper or card
  • Pens or pencils in many colors.

The Activity

Cut out a circle from paper or card. Mark the center.
Starting at the center, make your own wonderful and colorful Mandala!
Start at the center.
Draw patterns using any
symmetry of your choice,
and fill them in.
mandala stage 1
Continue adding patterns as you
move further from the center.
mandala stage 2
The finished result!
(Made by Alexis)
mandala finished