Friday, September 30, 2011

A way to trigger happy memories in those with dementia

Activities directors and other healthcare professionals 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

Old Sayings or Adages

What you need:

A prepared list of sayings (or a good memory for old adages)

What to know:

  • Finishing sentences from prompts can feel good, and using well-worn adages that are deeply embedded in memory makes it easy.
  • Start by bringing up a complete old saying: "A penny saved is a penny earned." Talk about what that means. This can be a wonderful jumping-off point about saving money, living through the Depression, piggy banks, and so on.
  • You can couch this activity as a game or make it more naturally part of conversation: "I thought of this old saying but I can't remember how the whole thing goes, do you know it?" Or, "What's that old saying you used to tell me when I was a kid? A penny saved is what?"
    • Sample sayings:
    • "Penny wise and... pound foolish."
    • "The early bird catches... the worm."
    • "Early to bed, early to rise... makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."
    • "Pretty is as... pretty does."
    • "Seen but not... heard."
    • "He who lives by the sword... dies by the sword."
    • "The way to a man's heart... is through his stomach."
    • "A stitch in time... saves nine."
    • "Ask not what your country can do for you... but what you can do for your country."
    • "Many hands make... light work."
    • "An ounce of prevention is worth... a pound of cure."
    • "If you can't say anything nice... don't say anything at all."

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