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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Watermelon trivia


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Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, here are some watermelon facts that you can use for Watermelon trivia


Watermelon is in the beginning of August

History and Facts:

Florida ranks number one nationally in the production of watermelons, accounting for 37.9 percent of the nation's sales in 1992.
Nutritional Value:
Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, and is also a good source of vitamin A and potassium. Watermelon is also a good source of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion.


Storage:

Watermelons should be stored in temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 90 percent. Lower temperatures may subject melons to chill injury. Typical shelf life is 14 to 21 days.


MORE WATERMELON FACTS

Watermelons are native to southern Africa, but have been known in India since prehistoric times, and in Egypt for 6,000 years.
In 1939 seedless watermelon was developed by treating the unpollinated flowers of watermelons with a specific acid, which resulted in the seedless watermelon.
Cordele, Georgia claims to be the Watermelon Capital of the


WATERMELON SEEDS

The world record for watermelon seed spitting is held by Jack Dietz of Chicago, who launched a seed a distance of 66 feet 11 inches in March 1989.


MORE FACTS
Watermelon contains high amounts of lycopene, the stuff that makes it red. Lycopene is good for you, and helps prevent heart disease.
-Watermelon has many vitamins, including A and C.
-Watermelon grows mainly in the summer and fall, but it can be grown year-round. -The U.S. ranks 3rd in watermelon production.
~It’s a great time to put watermelon on your menu! Did you know that a serving of watermelon has only 80 calories and no fat? It is also low in sodium and high in vitamin C.
-There are about 50 varieties of watermelons throughout the United States, classified into four general categories: Allsweet, Ice box, Seedless and Yellow Flesh.
-The average watermelon weighs about 20 pounds yielding 70% edible product and 30% rind.
-In today’s global market, top quality melons are available year-round, and are especially plentiful during their peak season April through October.
-As a rule, a good quality watermelon is firm and symmetrical and feels heavy for its size.
-Flesh should have a firm texture, bright color and minimal white streaks.
-Seeded varieties should have fully mature, hard seeds.
-A ripe melon has a creamy white or yellowish underside where the fruit rested on the ground: the rind has a healthy sheen.
-Watermelon should be ripe upon arrival. Once picked, their sugar content does not increase.
-Compared to most fruits, watermelons need a more “tropical” climate…a thermometer reading Of 55 degrees F is ideal.
-Whole melons will keep for 7 to 10 days at room temperature. Store them too long, and they will lose flavor and texture.
You can discuss obvious facts like color, shape, size, hardness, juiciness etc.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lemonade - a refreshing summer drink for those with dementia



Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals Did You Know that lemonade is a great drink for those with dementia. It tastes good, it is fum and easy to make and drinking it stimulates a person's appetite

Here is a link to a great lemonade recipe





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Lemon facts and trivia
* The lemon originated in China
* Lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emperors
* Lemons made their way to the United States with the help of Catholic Missionaries and were planted in Arizona and California? Today they produce virtually all of the lemons consumed in the United States as well as about one-third of those used throughout the world
(source The Packer Produce Availability & Merchandising Guide, 1999).

Lemons are valued for their many uses in flavoring the food we eat, as a garnish, and for household purposes.

Selection
Lemons should be firm and have a bright yellow color. Avoid soft, shriveled lemons with spots. The best lemons will be fine textured and heavy for their size. Thin skinned fruit tends to have more juice, while fruit that has a greenish cast is likely to be more acidic. One medium lemon has about 3 tablespoons of juice and 3 tablespoons of grated peel.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Watermelon art project


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Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, here is an easy fun art project for those in long term care with or without dementia



The above watermelon picture was from a shopping list tablet

Here is the a poem made up by a group of residents
Watermelon
We like our watermelon
cold juicy and sweet
We cannot wait to bite in
with our teeth
Yum yum, let's eat



Use this clip art as a base for the picture. Make copies of it,at least two for each participant.



Cut out the picture minus the rind. Place it on top of a red piece of paper. Cut a red piece the size of the white graphic



Pste it on another watermelon clip art paper. Have the participants draw seeds on it with black magic marker. Alternatly use black stickers for seeds.




You may want to cut offthe black outline of the rind and draw a green line for the skin representation in the picture. Paste a poem about watermelons on the paper if you desire. Making up some watermelon poems can be part of this project or done on another day
Alternately this project can be done in assembly line fashion. Each person has a job matching his/her skill level/
Or you can have a volunteer do most of the project and have the residents draw the seeds or save whatever job you think they can handle.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Smile ideas for those with dementia


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Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, here are some smile ideas from the book 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

Have a smile off.

See who can smile the longest.

Sing songs about smiles.

Read or make up a poem about smiles.
Talk about other emotions and facial expressions. Remember, those with memory impairments can relate well to emotions.

Draw faces with smiles or other facial expressions.

Smile songs
Till We Meet Again
Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu
When the clouds roll by I'll come to you.
Then the skies will seem more blue,
Down in Lover's Lane, my dearie.

Wedding bells will ring so merrily
Ev'ry tear will be a memory.
So wait and pray each night for me
Till we meet again.

Tho' goodbye means the birth of a tear drop,
Hello means the birth of a smile.
And the smile will erase the tear blighting trace,
When we meet in the after awhile.

Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu
When the clouds roll by I'll come to you
Then the skies will seem more blue
Down in Lover's Lane, my dearie,

Wedding bells will ring so merrily
Ev'ry tear will be a memory
So wait and pray each night for me
Till we meet again.

When You Are Smiling
When youre smilin, when youre smilin
The whole world smiles with you
When youre laughin, when youre laughin
The sun comes shinin through

But when youre cryin, you bring on the rain
So stop that cryin, be happy again
Keep on smilin, cause when youre smilin
The whole world smiles with you

When youre smilin, when youre smilin
The whole world, it smiles with you
When youre laughin, oh babe, when youre laughin
The sun would-a come shining through

But when youre cryin, you bring on the rain
So stop that sighin, come on and be happy again
Keep on smilin, cause when youre smilin, baby
The whole world smiles with you

Smiles
There are smiles, that make us happy
There are smiles, that make us blue
There are smiles, that steal away the teardrops
Like the Sunbeams steal away the dew

There are smiles, that have a tender meaning
That the eyes of love alone can see
But the smiles, that fill my life with sunshine
Are the smiles that you gave to...

But the smiles, that fill my life with sunshine
Are the smiles that you gave to me!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pet therapy for those with dementia

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Pet therapy days are different. When Mitzi, a lovely golden retriever, and her owner come into Martha's room, a smile crosses Martha's face. She reaches out to pet the dog. It is the only activity she ever initiates. Sometimes, she even mumbles a word or two.

A small miracle, to be sure, but a miracle nonetheless to Martha's family, who thought they would never see her smile or hear her speak again.

In nursing facilities, day care centers, hospitals, and private homes throughout the country, pets are being used for therapy with senior citizens. Owning a pet has been correlated with lower blood pressure, lower blood triglyceride levels, increased activity and socialization, and even increased length of survival following a heart attack.

Pet therapy seems to be especially effective with senior citizens suffering from cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's. Many people with dementia experience periods of agitation, especially in the evening hours. This is referred to as "sundowning." Sundowning is not only stressful for the person with dementia, it can be very difficult for caregivers as well. Studies have shown that regular contact with a pet can help decrease anxiety and increase feelings of calm and well-being, even during the difficult evening hours. Some Alzheimer's patients have been able to stop taking anti-anxiety medication after regular contact with pets was initiated.

Pets can also enhance the patient's connection to his or her world. Even people with very advanced dementia, like Martha, will sometimes respond to the comforting presence of an animal even if they respond to little else.

People with dementia are at risk for loneliness and isolation. As they become forgetful and disoriented, they may be reluctant to talk to new people or even to friends and family. A pet visit can help break the ice and provide a happy topic for conversation. Some people with dementia will communicate more readily with animals than with humans. A pet, after all, is a nonjudgmental listener who won't notice that they've used the wrong word or scold them for telling the same story four or five times.

Finally, pet visits allow people with dementia a chance to play and express themselves creatively. Pets can even become a valuable part of a therapy program. A man who might not want to practice walking with a physical therapist because it feels too much like work, for instance, might be overjoyed at the chance to take a dog for a walk because that seems more like play.

When most people think of therapy pets, they automatically think of dogs. Other animals used in therapy programs include horses, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and fish.

Not every animal is appropriate for pet therapy work. The ideal therapy pet is calm and gentle with no aggressive tendencies. This is especially important for therapy pets who work with people with dementia. Like a small child, a person with advanced dementia may not know how to respond appropriately to a pet and may accidentally startle it or pull at its fur. The animal's tendency should be to withdraw rather than to attack.

Very anxious or loud animals also do not make good therapy companions, as they may increase the anxiety of dementia patients rather than reduce it.

Finally, although pet therapy is effective with many people with dementia, it is important to remember that.....read more next time

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

4th of July symbols

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Celebrate America
 
Symbols
The Fourth of July is a patriotic holiday and people often display patriotic symbols. .
libertybel Liberty BellSpiritof76 
The Spirit of '76


BetsyRoss

The U.S. Flag
donttreadonme 
 
“Don't Tread on Me” Flag  

GreatSeal  Great Seal of the United States (Front)

GreatSeal2
 Great Seal of the United States (Back) 

UncleSam 
Uncle Sam
StatueofLiberty

Statue of Liberty

Monday, June 22, 2015

4th of July jokes

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celebrate America

Jokes for the Fourth of July
Q: If you crossed a vegetable with our first president, what would you get?
A: George Squashington
Q: If you crossed a rooster with the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, what would you get?
A: John Hancock-a-doodle-doo
Q: If you crossed George Washington with cattle feed, what would you get?
A: The Fodder of Our Country
Q: If you crossed a Patriot with a curly-haired dog, what would you get?
A: Yankee Poodle
Q: If you crossed the American national bird with Snoopy, what would you get?
A: A bald beagle.
Q: If you crossed a famous Founding Father with a famous monster, what would you get?
A: Benjamin Franklinstein
Q: What quacks, has webbed feet, and betrays his country?
A: Beneduck Arnold
Q: What protest did dogs hold in 1773?
A: The Boston Flea Party
Q: What did Americans do because of the Stamp Act?
A: They licked the British.
Q: Why did Paul Revere ride his horse from Boston to Lexington and Concord?
A: The horse was too heavy to carry.
Q: Why did the British cross the Atlantic?
A: To get to the other tide.
Q: Did you hear the joke about the Liberty Bell?
A: Yes, it was a crack up.
Q: What did the Patriot put on his dry skin?
A: Revo-lotion
Q: Who is a dog’s favorite Founding Father?
A: Bone Franklin.
Q: What was the most popular dance in 1776?
A: Indepen-dance.
Q: Who was the biggest jokester in Washington’s army?
A: Laughayette
Q: What did Washington ask as he crossed the Delaware?
A: "How much did the reserved seats cost?"
Q: Do flags talk to other flags?
A: No. They just wave.
Q: Who is a fake patriot?
A: Uncle Sham.
Q: Where did George Washington buy his hatchet?
A: At the chopping mall.
Q: What kind of tea did the American colonists want?
A: Liberty.
Q: What was General George Washington’s favorite tree?
A: The infantry.
Q: Which colonists told the worst jokes?
A: Punsylvanians
Q: If rats and cockroaches lived at Washington’s home, what would you call it?
A: Mt. Vermin
Q: What has four legs, a red nose, and fought for the British?
A: Rudolph the Redcoat Reindeer
Q: Why did British soldiers wear red coats?
A: So they could hide in the tomatoes.
Q: How is the Liberty Bell like a dropped Easter egg?
A: They’re both cracked.
Q: What has feathers, webbed feet, and certain inalienable rights?
A: The Ducklaration of Independence.
Q: What cat warned that the British were coming?
A: Paw Revere.
Q: What was the craziest battle of the American Revolution?
A: The Battle of Bonkers Hill.
Q: What was Thomas Jefferson's favorite dessert?
A: Monti jello.
Q: What ghost haunted King George III?
A: The spirit of ’76.
Q: What's red, white, blue and green?
A: A seasick Uncle Sam.
Q: Why were the first Americans like ants?
A: They lived in colonies.
Q: What famous pig signed the Declaration of Independence?
A: John Hamcock.
Q: What does the Statue of Liberty stand for?
A: It can’t sit down.
Q: Do they have a Fourth of July in England?
A: Yes, it comes just before the fifth of July.
Q: Why did George Washington put a chicken on guard duty?
A: He wanted to have "chicken catch a Tory."
Q: What’s the difference between a duck and George Washington?
A: One has a bill on his face, and the other has his face on a bill.
Teacher: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Student: At the bottom.
Teacher: OK, was the Declaration of Independence written in Philadelphia?
Student: No, it was written in ink.
Teacher: Why did Washington chop down the cherry tree with a hatchet?
Student: Because he couldn’t find the chain saw.