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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hug Day

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is interesting information about hugs and such

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International Hug Day is September 10. It is never too early or toolate to give someone a hug. Everyone loves hugs

Hugs are not only nice they are needed, Hugs can relieve pain and depression, and make all healthier happier. Hugging feels good and overcomes fear.

Here are some nice poems about hugs

A HUG POEM

IT'S WONDROUS WHAT A HUG CAN DO.
A HUG CAN CHEER YOU WHEN YOU'RE BLUE.
A HUG CAN SAY, "I LOVE YOU"
OR, "I HATE TO SEE YOU GO."

A HUG IS "WELCOME BACK AGAIN,"
AND "GREAT TO SEE YOU, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?"
A HUG CAN SOOTHE A SMALL CHILD PAIN,
AND BRING A RAINBOW AFTER RAIN

A HUG, THERE'S JUST NO DOUBT ABOUT IT..
WE SCARCELY COULD SURVIVE WITHOUT IT!
A HUG DELIGHTS AND WARMS AND CHARMS,
IT MUST BY WHY GOD GAVE US ARMS


A Simple Hug

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear

A hug is an amazing thing -
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and type,
It's always understood

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts

Ideas for hug stickers

I Hugged Someone Today

I Hugged Someone Today

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Early Fall Activity Brain Boosters for Those with Dementia

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is interesting information

Here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care  professionals to get an easyceu or two

Keep the Mind of People with Alzheimer's, Related Dementias, Long Term Care Residents, and Others, Active

There are many types of activities that can be done in the fall with those who have dementia. Many of the activities can be done with other long term care residents as well. Remember any activity that makes people think will go along way in slowing the decline of dementia. In addition sparking conversation as these suggested topics do, also helps to keep a dementia person's mind active.

In part one, suggested activities are related to school, trees, harvests, and apples. All of these subjects are things that are associated with early fall

School begins in the fall.
There are all sorts of activities related to going to school. The song School Days is a nice way to begin an activity based on going to school. You can also
Talk about favorite school subjects
Have a spelling bee. (You would be surprised how many folks with dementia can still spell)
Talk about lunch at school (many went home for lunch) You can still talk about a good lunch to eat while going to school.
You could make a bag lunch and have group participants guess what food is in the bag. You could have them taste the food and guess what it is

Next you can talk about trees.
See how many types of trees they can name. Make sure you give everyone who is present a turn. Give hints as needed.
Bring in leaves from various trees and see if they know what tree they are from.
You and they could make a wreath out of leaves using a paper plate rim as the backing. You can add a bow to make it look festive.
You can talk about why trees leaves turn colors in the fall.
You can ask group participants, what their favorite color is.
You could have a side discussion all about colors.
You can talk about the weather in the fall.
You can discuss Indian Summer.
You can sing songs about fall such as: Shine On Harvest Moon

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Get trained in dementia basics

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Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be


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The Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition]

Alzheimer's Association



Do you provide care for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's?

The Alzheimer’s Association® essentiALZ™ certification program is a convenient way for individuals to be recognized for learning quality dementia care practices.

About essentiALZ


The essentiALZ program combines selectHealthCare Interactive® CARES® onlinedementia care training with Alzheimer’s Association® online certification exams. The essentiALZ program was developed to recognize the knowledge of any caregiver who fulfills the certification requirements, regardless of whether they are paid or unpaid for their care of people with dementia.

training topic areas


EssentiALZ offers two levels of certification for individuals— essentiALZ and essentiALZ advanced. Topics covered in the exams are as follows:

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  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Understanding Behavior
  • Communication
  • Person-centered Care
  • Making a Connection
  • Eating Well
  • Recognizing Pain
  • Minimizing Falls
  • Rethinking Wandering
  • Minimizing Restraints




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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, July 14, 2014

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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fall activities and dementia

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There are many types of activities that can be done in the fall with those who have dementia. Many of the activities can be done with other long term care residents as well

Activity Director Today displays activities for September, October and November, all of which are done in the fall

For example:
school begins in the fall
There are all sorts of activities related to going to school
The song School Days is a nice way to begin an activity based on going to school

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