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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ground Hog's Day Activity

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Play with shadows using your hands and a bright light. A portable lamp or a flashlight will do.

Shine the light on your hands or resident's hands so that the shadow of their hands falls on a smooth surface like a wall or table. Invite all to move their hand closer to the light and farther away from the light. Notice what happens to the shadow.

Have them turn their hands in different ways to see how the shape of the shadow changes

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Here is a great site that shows you how to make hand puppets with your hands and a flashlight

This can be a fun activity for those with dementia.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fishing Game for those with dementia

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For fish, you can either draw simple fish shapes on construction paper, or you can go all out and print off beautiful clip art fish. Another idea is to go to the dollar store. They at times have good fish shapes you can use. If you attach a paper clip or two to the fish, the participant can then catch the fish with their magnetic fishing rod. Your pond can be a good size box that you can hold near the participant. If using the magnetic fishing pole is too difficult, then have them use a good magnet(which you can also get at the dollar store) or just have the person grab a fish.

What's great about this game is how versatile it is. You can have group members catch fish of different colors. You can put letters or numbers on the fish. If you want to practice matching you could have two fish of the same color or shape or with the same number.

Make sure no one tries to eat the paper clips.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fish Riddles and Jokes


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Fish week is this week

What do you call a fish with no eyes?…Fsh
How do fish go into business?…They start on a small scale
Why are fish so smart?…They are always in schools
Which fish go to heaven when they die?…Angelfish
What kind of money do fishermen make?…Net profits
What TV game show do fish like best?…Name that tuna
Where do fish wash?…In a river basin
What part of a fish weighs the most?…It’s scales    
Why is a fish easy to weigh?…Because it has its own scales
What’s the difference between a newspaper and a TV set?…You can’t wrap your fish and chips in a TV set
Why are fish cleverer than humans?…Ever seen a fish spend a fortune trying to hook a human?
What did the fish do when his piano sounded odd?…He called the piano tuna
What day of the week do fish hate?…Frydays
Why are gold fish orange?…The water makes them rusty
What was the Tsar of Russia’s favorite fish?…Tsardines  What do you call a dangerous fish who drinks too much?…A beer-a-cuda
Why do penguins eat fish?…Because donuts get soggy before they can catch them.
Where do some of the parts for a fish come from?…Finland
Why did the dog jump into the sea?…He wanted to chase the catfish
Which fish dresses the best?…The Swordfish – It always looks sharp
What kind of fish will help you hear better?…A herring aid
What do romantic fish sing to each other?…Salmon-chanted evening
What do you call a big fish who makes you an offer you can’t refuse?…The Codfather
Why is a swordfish’s nose 11 inches long?…If it were 12 inches long it would be a foot
Which fish can perform operations?…A Sturgeon
What’s a sea serpent’s favourite meal?…Fish and ships
Why are fish so gullible?…They fall for things hook, line and sinker  
1st kipper: ‘Smoking’s bad for you’…2nd kipper: ‘It’s OK, I’ve been cured’
What is the best way to communicate with a fish?…Drop it a line
What puts white lines on the ocean?…Ocean liners
What kind of horse can swim underwater without coming up for air?…A seahorse
Where are most fish found?…Between the head and the tail
What do fish sing to each other?…Salmon-chanted evening
What fish sounds like a telephone?…Herring, herring…herring, herring…
How do you tune a fish?…With its scales
What do you get if you cross a trout with an apartment?…A flat fish
What fish is the most valuable?…A goldfish.
What’s the best way to catch a fish?…Have someone throw it at you.
What sea animal can be adjusted to play music?…The tune-a fish
How did the fish’s tail get stuck in the anchor chain?…It was just a fluke
What is purple and lives in the sea and weighs 5000 pounds?…Moby Plum
Why are manatees so wrinkled?…Did you ever tried to iron one?
Why are fish no good at tennis?…They don’t like to get too close to the net
Why did the optician go ice fishing?…He had perfect ice sight
There was an awful fight at the seafood restaurant…Four fish got battered
What lies at the bottom of the sea and shakes?…A nervous wreck
What do you call a man with a large flatfish on his head?…Ray
What side of a fish has the most scales?…The outside
How do you post a fish?…You send it COD … or first bass mail
What do you use to cut the ocean?…A seasaw
Where do you go to meet the best fish?…It doesn’t matter – any old plaice will do
What kind of a fish does your Parrot sit on?…A Perch
Why should you use six hooks on your fishing line?…eF
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What is a knight’s favourite fish?…A swordfish
What fish is best to have in a boat?…A Sailfish
How do you get around fast on the bottom of the sea?…Skates
How does a group of dolphin’s make a decision?…Flipper coin
Why did the dolphin feel crabby?…Because he ate too many crabs
What is a dolphin’s favorite TV show?…Whale of fortune
How could the dolphin afford to buy a house?…He prawned everything
Why are dolphins cleverer than humans?…Within 3 hours they can train a man to stand at the side of a pool and feed them fish!
What did Cinderella Dolphin wear to the ball?…Glass flippers
What did the baby dolphin do when he didn’t get his way?…He whale-d
How do the fish get to school?…By octobus
Who held the baby octopus to ransom?…Squidnappers
What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus ?…I wanna hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand
How does an octopus go to war?…Well-armed
Who robs banks and squirts ink?…Billy the Squid
What fish make the best sandwich?…A peanut butter and jellyfish
What happened to the cold jellyfish?…It set
How can you tell if two octuspus’ are lovers?…They walk arm in arm in arm in arm…
What do you call a neurotic octopus?…A crazy, mixed-up squid
How do you stop a fish from smelling?…Cut its nose off
What is the fastest fish in the sea?…Go-carp
What did one rock pool say to the other rock pool?…Show me your mussels
How do you kiss a pike?…Very carefully
What has big sharp teeth, a tail, scales, and a trunk?…A pike going on holiday
Why did the salmon cross the road?…Because it was tied to the chicken
Man: Can I have a fly rod and reel for my son?…Fishing Shop Owner: Sorry sir we don’t do trades
How do I avoid infection from biting insects?…That’s easy – don’t bite them
Where do you find a crab with no legs?…Exactly where you left it
What do you get if you cross a whale with a computer?…A four ton know it all
Why did the fish blush?…Because it saw the sea weed
What should you do if you find a shark in your bed?…Sleep somewhere else
What do you call a Shark with a rocket launcher?…Anything he tells you to
What do you call a deaf pike…Anything you like, he cannot hear you
How do you stick down an envelope under the water?…With a seal
What can fly under the water?…A bluebottle in a submarine
What do you give a seasick whale?…Lots of room
Mother: Have you given the fish fresh water today?…Son: No, they haven’t drank yesterdays
What whizzes along a riverbed on three wheels?…A motor-Pike and a side-Carp
Where do fish keep their money?…In the river bank
how many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?…Fish
Two goldfish are in a tank. One turns to the other and says “You drive, I’ll man the guns!”
What is the fastest fish in the sea?…The one that got away
Why did the plaice go to the doctor?…Because he was feeling a bit flat!
What do you call someone who is good at catching fish?…Annette
Why did the fish cross the road?…It was the chicken’s day off
What is an eel’s favorite dance?…The conger
Why couldn’t the clownfish afford a house?…Because he didn’t have anemone
Where do fish go to borrow money?…A loan shark
Where do fish put their rubbish?…In a Whaleie bin
Where do baby fish go every morning?…To plaiceschool
What does a fish wrap round its shoulders to keep warm?…A shoal
What happens to sleepy fish at the edge of a reef?…They drop off
Which sea creatures come calling at Christmas?…Coral singers
Which fish can perform operations?…A sturgeon
What games do fish like playing the most?…Bass the parcel, Name that tuna, and Tide and seek
Why do fish like arcade games?…Because they are finball wizards
What do you call a fish with two eyes?…
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Why is a fishmonger never generous?…Because his business makes him sell-fish
John asks the angler: Is this river any good for fish?…Angler: It must be. I cannot get any of them to leave it
What is a mermaid?…A deep-she fish
What do you get if you cross a whale with rotten fish?…Moby Sick
What does a diver get paid if he works extra hours?…Undertime
Where do shellfish go to borrow money?…To the prawn broker
How could the dolphin afford to buy a house?…He prawned everything
Why did the whale cross the road?…To get to the other tide
Who has eight guns and terrorises the ocean?…Billy the Squid
What’s the coldest fish in the sea?…A blue whale
Where do you find a down-and-out octopus?…On squid row
What do you get if you cross an abbot with a trout?…Monkfish
Why are gold fish orange?…The water makes them rusty
What did the boy fish say to his girlfriend?…’Your plaice or mine’
Where do you weigh whales?…At a whale weigh station
What do you get is you cross a rose with a pike?…I don’t know but I wouldn’t put my nose too close to smell it
What has big sharp teeth, a tail, scales, and a trunk?…A pike going on holiday
Why are some fish at the bottom of the ocean?…Because they dropped out of school
Oh cod, I can’t take any more of these fish puns, I’m outta this plaice!
Why are Sardines the stupidest fish ever?…They climb into tins – Close the Lid – And then leave the Key on the O
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Where do fish stay on a campsite?…In tentacles
Two fish in a tank, one says to the other “Its a bit wet in here”, the other says, “Blimey, a talking fish!”
Why do fish like arcade games?…Because they are finball wizards
Which fish likes to see fast and cool cars?…The tunafish
Why was the bluefish blue?…Because the blowfish wouldn’t
Where do you find a down-and-out octopus?…On squid row
What do you get if you cross an abbot with a trout?…Monkfish
What happened to the shark who swallowed a bunch of keys?…He got lockjaw
What happens when sharks take their clothes off?…They go sharkers
Why didn’t the lobster share his toys?…He was too shellfish
Two fish swimming down a river and one hits a cement block. He turns around and says “Oh..Damn!”
What happens when you throw a green rock into the Red Sea?…It gets wet
What happens when you throw a red rock into the Black Sea?…It sinks to the bottom
What happens when you cross a great white shark with a cow?…I don’t know but I wouldn’t want to milk it
What’s green and squishy and spends a lot of time underwater?…An avocado with an aqua lung
What did the Atlantic Ocean say to the Pacific Ocean?…Nothing,it just waved
What do you call 5000 dead lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?…A good start
What does stuck seaweed say?…”Kelp!, Kelp!”
What do fish use to make telephone calls?…a Shell phone
What do you find on a small beach?…Micro waves
Is it dangerous to swim on a full stomach?…Yes. It’s better
to swim in water

Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple sun facts

The Sun gives life to the Earth and the Earth would have no life at all without the energy it receives from the Sun.
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  • The Sun is only one of millions and millions of stars in the Galaxy.
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  • We see it as a large round red ball only because we are much closer to the Sun than to any of the other stars.
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  • Other stars may be larger, brighter, smaller or fainter than our Sun but they are so very far away that we only see them as points of light in the night sky.
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  • The Earth is one of nine planets that orbit round the Sun in what we call the Solar System.
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  • Solar is the adjective from Sun and comes from the Latin word for Sun – sol, which also gives us the French soleil. (and the word for Sun in several mother European languages).
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  • The Sun measures 2,715,395 miles (4.730,005 kilometres) right round (diameter).
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  • The Sun is 92.96 million miles or 149.6 million kilometres from the Earth.
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  • The Sun is bigger than can really be imagined, over one million times bigger than the Earth.
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  • This measurement is taken as one Astronomical Unit and is how we measure distances in our Solar System
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  • Like all stars, the Sun is composed of a great burning ball of gases. It is made of 92.1% hydrogen and 7.8% helium (helium is from the ancient Greek word helios, which means Sun).
    •   The Sun
      Figure 1. The burning heat of the Sun
    • The Sun has six layers.

    • The centre of the Sun is its core which produces all the Sun’s energy.
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    • Around the core is the radiative zone, which carries the energy out from the core.
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    • It takes about 170,000 years for the Sun’s energy to move from the core through the radiative zone to the next layer, the connective zone.
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    • From the connective zone, great bubbles move into the Sun’s surface, the photosphere.
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    • From the photosphere the Sun’s radiation escapes to the earth as sunlight.
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    • It takes about 8 minutes for the sunlight to be seen on the earth after it has left the Sun.
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    • Outside the Sun’s surface, or photosphere, are two further layers of light gases, the chromosphere and the corona (Corona means “crown” in Latin).
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    • These are too faint to be normally seen against the much brighter photosphere but they can be seen on a very dull day or during a solar eclipse (Look at figures 2 and 3.).
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    • In very bright weather it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun without protective glasses.
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    • On a dull day when the sky is overcast, you can often see the Sun’s corona – the bright layer around the Sun’s photosphere.
      The Sun on a hazy day
      Figure 2 The Sun's corona - the hazy bright area around the Sun, seen on an overcast day.
    • As the moon orbits round the earth, it very occasionally comes between the Sun and the earth.
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    • This shuts out most of the light of the Sun and is called a solar eclipse. Sometimes only part of the moon comes between us and the Sun: this is called a partial solar eclipse.
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    • In a total solar eclipse it is often possible to see chromosphere, the layer of thin gas between the Sun’s surface and the Sun’s corona.  You may be able to see the chromosphere as a thin red line in Figure 3 with the corona outside it.
      The Sun Eclipsed
      Figure 3. The moon has eclipsed the Sun which cannot be seen. Only the chromosphere and corona of the Sun can be seen.
    • Sometimes darker spots are seen on the surface of the Sun. These are magnetic areas which are cooler than the rest of the Sun. They are called Sunspots.
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    • Many civilisations, such as the Aztec civilisation in Mexico, have worshipped the Sun.
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    • Many prehistoric stone circles, such as Stonehenge, are thought to have been built as part of religious worship involving the Sun.
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    • In the past many people believed that the Earth did not move and that the Sun rotated round the Earth.
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    • The first scientist to suggest that the Earth and other planets moved round a fixed Sun was Aristarchus of Samos (310-230 B.C.) – more than 2000 years ago.
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    • The scientist Ptolemy, however, writing more than 300 years later, in 140 A.D. said that the Earth was the centre of the universe.  This was believed for another 1400 years.
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    • The great Polish scientist Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543) published a book at the end of his life, in 1543,  in which he tried to prove that the planets orbited round the Sun; the book’s title was De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (Concerning the revolution of the heavenly spheres).
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    • Those people who agreed with Copernicus were often imprisoned and even executed for suggesting that the earth moved round the Sun.
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    • The work of the Italian Galileo (1564-1642) and the German Johann Kepler (1571-1630) reinforced Copernicus’ theory.
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    • The theory of the Solar System was not really fully accepted until the great English scientist Isaac Newton (1642-1727) published his works on the theory of gravity and finally proved that the planets orbited around the Sun. 
    Useful Websites
    NASA Website
    Star Child
    The Sun - Videos

    Saturday, May 16, 2015

    Fishing Game for Long Term Care Residents

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    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Summer Songs That People With Dementia Love


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    Summer is here. Have these songs available to sing often

    In the Good Old Summertime

    In the good old summertime, in the good old summertime.
    Strolling through the shady lanes with your baby mine.
    You hold her hand, and she holds yours,
    and that's a very good sign.
    That she's your tootsie-wootsie,
    in the good old summertime.


    Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
    It was an itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini
    That she wore for the first time today
    An itsy, bitsy, teentie, weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini
    So in the blanket she wanted to stay
    Two, three, four, stick around we'll tell you more


    Summertime, Summertime
    Its summertime

    Its summertime summertime sum sum summertime
    Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
    Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
    Summertime summertime sum sum summertime
    Summertime

    Its summertime


    Surfin USA
    Haggerties and swamies
    Pacific palisades
    San anofree and sunset
    Redondo beach l.a.
    All over la jolla

    At waimia bay

    Everybodys gone surfin
    Surfin u.s.a.

    Everybodys gone surfin
    Surfin u.s.a.

    Everybodys gone surfin
    Surfin u.s.a.


    My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
    My bonnie lies over the ocean
    My bonnie lies over the sea
    My bonnie lies over the ocean
    Oh bring back my bonnie to me

    Bring back, bring back
    Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
    Bring back, bring back
    Bring back my Bonnie to me

    Oh blow ye the winds o'er the ocean
    And blow ye the winds o'er the sea
    Oh blow ye the winds o'er the ocean
    And bring back my bonnie to me

    Bring back, bring back
    Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
    Bring back, bring back
    Bring back my Bonnie to me

    The winds have blown over the ocean
    The winds have blown over the sea
    The winds have blown over the ocean
    And brought back my bonnie to me

    Bring back, bring back
    Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
    Bring back, bring back
    Bring back my Bonnie to me



    Michael Row the Boat Ashore
    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah
    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah

    My brothers and sisters are all aboard,
    Hallelujah
    My brothers and sisters are all aboard,
    Hallelujah

    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah
    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah

    The river is deep and the river is wide,
    Hallelujah
    Milk and honey on the other side,
    Hallelujah

    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah
    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah

    Jordan's river is chilly and cold,
    Hallelujah
    Chills the body but warms the soul,
    Hallelujah

    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah
    Michael row the boat ashore,
    Hallelujah


    Moonlight Bay
    We were sailing along on Moonlight Bay
    We could hear the voices ringing
    They seemed to say
    "You have stolen her heart"
    "Now don't go 'way"
    As we sang love's old sweet song on Moonlight Bay


    Here are some other fun songs to sing

    There is a Hole in the Bucket
    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, there's a hole.

    Then fix it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then fix it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, fix it.

    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With a straw, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With a straw, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, with a straw.

    But the straw is too long,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    But the straw is too long,
    Dear Liza, too long

    Then cut it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then cut it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, cut it.

    With what shall I cut it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I cut it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With an axe, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With an axe, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, an axe.

    The axe is too dull,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    The axe is too dull,
    Dear Liza, too dull

    Then sharpen it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then sharpen it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, sharpen it.

    With what shall I sharpen it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I sharpen it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With a stone, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With a stone, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, a stone.

    The stone is too dry,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    The stone is too dry,
    Dear Liza, too dry

    Then wet it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then wet it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, wet it.

    With what shall I wet it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I wet it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With water, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With water, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, with water.

    How shall I get it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza,
    How shall I get it,
    Dear Liza, how shall I?

    In the bucket, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    In the bucket, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, in the bucket.

    There's a hole in the bucket.


    Side By Side
    Oh! we aint got a barrel of money
    Maybe were ragged and funny
    But well travel along
    Singing a song
    Side by side

    I dont know whats a-comin tomorrow
    Maybe its trouble and sorrow
    But well travel the road
    Sharing our load
    Side by side

    Thru all kinds of weather
    What if the sky should fall
    Just as long as were together
    It really doesnt matter at all

    When theyve all had their quarrels and parted
    Well be the same as we started
    Just traveling along
    Singing a song
    Side by side

    (repeat last two verses)


    In My Merry Oldsmobile
    Come away with me Lucile in my merry Oldsmobile
    Down the road of life we’ll fly automo-bubbling you and I.
    To the church we’ll swiftly steal, then our wedding bells will peal,
    You can go as far you like with me, In my merry Oldsmobile.

    Have fun

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    More fun with Cinco de Mayo

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    Cinco de Mayo is another opportunity to have a celebration and to create moments of joy for those with dementia
     
    Start by getting a picture book . Have a discussion about Cinco de Mayo. There is information on the May page Make up some trivia questions using the information
    Make some easy Mexican dishes such as tacos, tortilla chips and salsa, or refried beans. Or you can be adventurous and make something in the cook book below
     
    Do not forget the Mexican music. You can play it as you are cooking
     
    Top the celebration off with an arm chair trip to Mexico