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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Activity Professionals Conference


Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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

Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire

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


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Allyson Dedic

I have been sponsoring conferences for over 4 years now for Therapeutic Recreation (on land and at sea!) and we are now ready for 2013! The conference will be held May 1-4, 2013 in beautiful St. Augustine, FL at Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort. 

We have some great sessions, many that are interactive and hands on. The brochure and descriptions of sessions are posted on-line! 

Also, sponsorships/vendor opportunities are now available… this is a great way for business to get exposure! Over the last 4 years I have learned about so many services I never knew were available until they were a part of our very successful events. 

If you are interested in attending, sponsoring, or being put on our e-mailing list for registration, please email me at trinmotion@gmail.com

Visit www.trinmotion.org and join our LinkedIn Group “Therapeutic Recreation In Motion”. You can also join our “Therapeutic Recreation in Motion” group on Facebook
!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Someday you'll laugh about this week

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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

Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire


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


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Ever did something so incredibly stupid/awkward/embarrassing/illegal that you couldn't do anything but exclaim to whoever was near you that "oh, we'll laugh about this one day!" Well, today is your day....well...this whole week is actually.

This is a great week. It reminds us that it's really important to laugh at the silly and blockheaded things that we all do everyday. Case in point, it takes six days for people to violate 90 percent of their new year's resolutions. Now, we can sit and pout and whine about it all, or we could laugh and chuckle and guffaw over the whole thing!

Now how many times do we get to use guffaw in a sentence?
What things can you and your residents laugh about?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Programming Ideas “Activities a Sure Bet”


Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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

Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire

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


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

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Plan a variety of activities throughout the year to educate and show everyone in 
your homes how your activity department makes “Activities a Sure Bet”  for your 
Elders.
A Sure Bet in keeping traditions.
 Talk with the residents about their family traditions and your 
facility traditions
 Plan reoccurring annual events
A Sure Bet in finding new friends.
 Have a tea,
 Create a “Getting to know you Bingo” (see example)
 Have a staff / Elder scavenger hunt (using activity items as the
objects to find)
 Start a Pen Pal Program with a senior living community in another 
city
 Meet Your Neighbors
A Sure Bet in socializing and trying new things.
 Host a special dinner party serving different kinds of food
 Host a happy hour with different types of drinks
A Sure Bet in serving others.
 Volunteer at an animal shelter or collect items such as cat litter, pet 
food, newspapers for the animal shelter
 Have a food drive for the local food pantry


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Reminiscence activity and therapies


Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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

Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire

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


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Reminiscence refers to recollections of memories from the past. It is familiar to us all and can be utilised for the benefit of others. For people with Alzheimer’s disease encouraging the act of reminiscence can be highly beneficial to their inner self and their interpersonal skills. Reminiscence involves exchanging memories with the old and young, friends and relatives, with caregivers and professionals, passing on information, wisdom and skills. It is about giving the person with Alzheimer’s a sense of value, importance, belonging, power and peace.
Reminiscence activity and therapies are used frequently in our own lives and well as in therapeutic settings and residential care. We all use it to cope in times of stress, such as mourning, it can also help reduce injury to our self image and it can create a feeling of intimacy and give special meaning to contact time with others.
Different Mediums used for Reminiscence Therapy and Activities
A variety of mediums can assist the act of remembering that use different senses. It means that people who have difficulty communicating verbally can have the opportunity to do so in other ways. Establishing identity with or without words is a good example of how we have to adapt, giving a valuable opportunity to acquire and use new skills of communication.
  • Visually: photographs, slides. Painting pictures, looking at objects of autobiographical meaning.

  • Music: using familiar tunes from the radio, C.Ds, or making music using various instruments.

  • Smell or taste: using smell kits, different foods

  • Tactile: touching objects, feeling textures, painting and pottery.
  • Types of Reminiscence Activities and Therapies
    Reminiscence can be used as individual, group or family sessions and is generally categorised in three main types:
  • Simple reminiscence. Here the idea is to reflect on the past in an informative and enjoyable way.

  • Evaluative reminiscence is more of a therapy and may, for example, be used as a life reviewing or sometimes conflict resolving approach.
  • Occasionally, unpleasant and stressful information is recalled and this has been called offensive-defensive reminiscence. It can be the either the cause or the result of behavioral and emotional issues. Dealing with them can provide resolution - a coming to terms with life events and possible closure.
  • Inclusion of Caregivers, Friends and Relatives in Reminiscence Activity 
    In a care facility, or in a professional setting, the co-operation and inclusion of relatives and friends can enhance the reminiscence time for all parties. They may be able to provide photos or remember incidents in the person’s life that can increase the pleasure and engage a person with Alzheimer’s attention more fully. Friends and relatives can also provide valuable information on any subject that a person may find distressing or upsetting that require increased support.
    The Right to Refuse Activity Involvement and Alzheimer's
    Remember to respect the individual’s involvement and contributions. By all means try to encourage participation but if a person does not want to be involved in the activity respect their right to refuse. Their refusal is as valid as yours, for self protection, privacy, as an act of autonomy and power over their situation.

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

    Common Bird Names


    Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information

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

    Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire

    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


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


    Common Bird Names - B

    ·                        Blackbird, crow, or purple grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
    ·                        Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
    ·                         blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata
    ·                        Buzzard, turkey, or turkey vulture (Cathartes aura)

    Common Bird Names - C

    ·                        Cardinal
    ·                        Chickadee (Parus atricapillus)
    ·                        Crow, American (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

             Cuckoo,

    D

    ·                        Dove, turtle, or mourning dove(Zenaidura macroura)
    ·                        Duck, wood (Aix sponsa)
    Common Bird Names - E
    ·                        Eagle,

    Common Bird Names - F

    ·                        Finch,

    Common Bird Names - H

    ·                        Hawk
    ·                        Hummingbird, ruby-throated (Trochilus colubris)

    Common Bird Names - L

    ·                        Lark, shore, OR horned lark (Otocoris alpestris).
    ·                        Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos).

    Common Bird Names - N

    ·                        Nightingale

    Common Bird Names - O

    ·                        Oriole, Baltimore
    ·                        Owl, )

    Common Bird Names - P

    ·                        Partridge,
    ·                        Pigeon,

    Common Bird Names - R

    ·                        Robin (Merula migratoria)

    Common Bird Names - S

    ·                        Sparrow,
    ·                        Thrush, golden-crowned, OR wood-wagtail, OR Oven Bird (Seiurus aurocapillus)
    ·                        Thrush, T
    ·                        Turkey, wild (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris)

    Common Bird Names - W

    ·                        Warbler
    ·                        Woodpecker,
    ·                        Wren, 

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Train for a second job


    Activity directors, healthcare professionals other professionals, caregivers and others who may need extra income or further training, here is some valuable information.

    Let’s face it, prices keep rising and the pay you receive at your primary job may not be enough, or maybe you just got laid off because of cutbacks made at your former place of employment. It is hard to find a job in this economy whether it be for full or part time work. However, you have a better chance of finding full or part time work if you have some training in a specific are even if it is not your former or present field of work.

    It would be ideal if you could get this training online and it would also be great if the training were free or at a very low cost to you. Here are a few part time or full time jobs you can train for. You can get energyauditor training. You can also get hers rater training. In addition you can get LEED training. Another offering is resnet training.

    Wow what opportunities you have here for little or no investment, a minimal time commitment and a great working future for you.   

    Celebrate National Bird Day


    Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information


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


    Your residents will love the Amazon Kindle Fire




    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



    Follow alzheimersideas on twitter

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

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