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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A flag making activity

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Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, here is a fairly easy flag making project that can be used for Flag Day and beyond

Materials
red crepe paper roll
4-11x17 sheets of white paper
approx 10x11 piece of blue construction paper
50 1x1 stars
alternately a clip art page of the 50 stars on the flag. The group members can color the background blue or you can print it out.
glue
scissors



Paste the four sheets together so the final is 20X30

Paste the blue construction with stars paper in the upper left corner of the flag

Paste 7 equispaced red crepe paper strips on the white paper.

Do not cover the blue piece

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flower Songs

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Flower Songs

Al Martino - Tears And Roses (1964)
Henry Mancini - Days Of Wine And Roses (1963)
Andy Williams - Days Of Wine And Roses (1963)
Bobby Darin - 18 Yellow Roses (1963)
The Jaynetts - Sally, Go 'Round The Roses (1963)
Paul Peterson - Lollipops And Roses (1962)
Nat King Cole - Ramblin' Rose (1962)
David Carroll - The White Rose Of Athens (1962)
Billy Vaughn - Orange Blossom Special (1961)
Anita Bryant - Paper Roses (1960)
Marty Robbins - A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) (1957)
Mitch Miller - Yellow Rose Of Texas (1955)

Percy Wenrich-When You Wore a Tulip

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easy plant to grow with those who have dementia

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Flower and Garden Tips

Growing chives - why? ..Chives are probably the easiest herbs to grow in the garden.

They can be added to just about any meal you would normally add onions to, and they're very good for you!

Chives are the smallest of the onion family and there are a fair few types to choose from.

I've grown 'garlic' chives for years in the garden, and they are really useful, especially if you've run out of garlic.

You can eat every part of the chive plant. The edible flowers add colour to the salad bowl or other garnish, the grass-like leaves can be cut up and added to cooked potatoes, salads, sauces and even sandwiches, and the bulb can be used as a mild onion.
Although the flower stalk is edible, once the flower has been produced, there is very little taste or nutrients left in the stalk. Discard the flower stalks, and crumble the flower heads into your salad.

Growing chives: positioning

Chives like sun but do like a little shade during long hot summers. They are fairly good at tolerating drought conditions, but are happiest in moist well-drained soil.

Place chive plants in different parts of the garden, so you've always got something to pick and eat!
Sowing and Planting:
Chives do very well from seed. Plant a few seeds in a pot very early in the year and keep warm and watered until the seedlings are large enough to plant outside.

Plant out in well dug soil, preferably with some organic compost mixed in. You won't need to feed chives once they're in the ground, unless your ground is particularly poor, in which case you should give the chive plants a monthly feed.

Keep weed-free and watered until well established.

Growing chives in containers is also possible! Keep a pot in the kitchen. Remember to water and the plant will see you right through the season. When the flowers start to die back, cut the plant down to about 2-3 inches high and the chives will grow again.

Thompson & Morgan have chive seeds available.....

"Garden Chives" "Garlic Chinese" Chives

Looking after your chives:

There really won't be much to do.... chives are 100% easy plants to grow. Don't plant near onions as they could get onion fly, but apart from that just pick and eat them!

Don't start using the chives until the plants are fairly well established - late summer in the first year of growth.

Harvesting:

Cut chives as you need them. Use scissors and leave 2-3 inches of leaf on the plant. When the flowers start to dry and die back, you can cut down the whole plant ( to 2-3 inches high ) and the chives will grow again.

Use the flowers in the kitchen or leave to bloom on the plant. The purple flowers look spectacular on a well-established plant.

After three or four years, the chive plant should be divided. Dig up carefully, then gently, but firmly, separate the clumps of bulbs and re-plant.

During the winter months your chive plant may die back completely. Don't worry, it'll come back in the spring.

Thursday, March 19, 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, March 17, 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.
 
 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

April Fool's Day

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Here is something you may want to display or hand out in celebration of April Fool's Day

                                Join in the April Fools Day Fun
In 16th Century France, the new year began on  April 1. 
April Fools Day comes from this serious subject:
the adoption of a new calendar.
 Use this info to fill out this week’s educational handout

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bible verses to celebrate Easter

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If we knew nothing else of the Savior these two verses would teach us one of His greatest messages. That is, that no matter what the situation we must and we have the power to forgive and turn the other cheek.


"He is not here: for he is risen ,..." Mathew 28:6. With this angelic declaration we learn of the Savior's miraculous victory over death. As the first person ever to triumph over the grave he released all mankind from the terrible grasp of the grave, giving us the gift of immortality.
Here are two bible verses for Easter. They teach us that no matter how difficult our lives may seem, we have the ability to rise above and triumph over our trials. Jesus also suffered, but in His suffering He showed us a better way. The way in which we can reach a state of happiness that will allow us to follow in His path and change our lives and the lives of all those that we influence, for the better.