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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Reminiscing and dementia (part 2)

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Benevolant Society

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Tips on approaching reminiscing
When engaging in a reminiscing activity with an older person use the following
approach:
A person centred approach used with sensitivity, flexibility, awareness andA focus on positive interaction with emphasis on brief, high qualityIt does not matter if the enjoyment is for a short time or fleeting as it is stillBe aware of attempts to communicate as what we see as ‘difficultBe person focused and let the person talk about what is important to them.
Give everyone the opportunity to interact:
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their experiences and feelings were most likely to be given
opportunities for conversation.
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have withdrawn completely as they may have given up altogether
on communication.
This same study emphasised the need to focus on those who may
Spending time listening to a person with dementia says to them they areThe use of humor as a means of communication can catch a person’sIt is important to recognise the many factors that influence one’s life.

It’s all in the approach: Engaging older people

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Follow up:Tricial Pursuit Activity

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Trivial Pursuit: Junior Edition

Thank you Lorelei for your suggestion of Trivial Pursuit. If you find that the standard games are not appropriate for your audience,make your own game. Thatcan be an activity in itself.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Some Fun and Stimulating Dementia Activities

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Nursing Home Activities Resource

Dementia activities should focus on enjoyment rather than achievement. A caregiver would want these dementia activities to reduce boredom but not to over stimulate either.

Laughter is always the best medicine. Though the patient may not always understand your humor, they can appreciate a good tease, a little nonsense and some clowning around.

Movement is very important for many dementia patients, as they can become prone to sit for long periods in one place doing seated activities like board games and crosswords. Walks outside or mild exercises, either seated or standing, can help to get the blood moving again and ward off boredom and a sense of isolation if they've been without much group activity.

With Alzheimer's and dementia activities care should be taken to eliminate expected outcomes and focus primarily on the activity itself. Cognitive dysfunction makes remembering game rules, sequences and strategies very difficult, if not impossible in later stages of the diseases. Slower paced activities involving simple repetition can prove most effective. Sometimes it is just a fidgeting type of activity that can best keep these seniors occupied.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Focus on: Cultural Competency

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Even more fish activities: Cooking fish

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Cooking Fish

Fish is finding its way onto more tables than ever before. Everywhere you look, people are singing the praises of seafood. It cooks quickly and is very versatile, not to mention delicious and nutritious. Nowadays, nearly everybody recognizes that fish are a good source of protein and rich in healthy oils. Despite this growing popularity and glowing press reviews, most fish is still eaten out. Many cooks are simply reluctant to try cooking fish at home, and they are unsure about how to buy the right type and handle it properly. This article will give you the facts, and the confidence, you need to start making fish a more regular part of your
home cooking repertoire.

There are so many ways to prepare fish and so many different varieties that you could probably eat a different fish dish every day of the year and not even make a dent. Traditional preparations
are always popular, but with growing interest in global cuisines, more ethnic fish recipes are entering the mainstream. Surprisingly, few of them are complicated or difficult.

It's important not to overcook fish, as this makes the meat tough and destroys flavor. Fish is done cooking when the flesh turns opaque and begins to flake easily when tested with a fork. Cooking times vary with each fish and cut. The following are typical cooking times:

  • 10 minutes per inch of fish
  • 5 minutes per inch of fish cooked in a sauce
  • 20 minutes per inch of fish if frozen
If you simply master a few basic preparation steps and easy cooking techniques, you can cook just about any fish recipe on the planet. Before you delve into each technique, however, take a look at the chart on the next page that provides some helpful information on all types of fish.

Recipes