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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Additional games and activities for Nursing Home Residents

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by Pamela Veselinovic
Additional games and activities for Nursing Home Residents:

Bingo!
Wheelchair bowling.
Simon Says.
Sing-a-longs.
Wheelchair races.
Manicure parties.
The “list anything” game. For instance, list all the animals you can think of, or birds, or cars, or states, or?
Memory game. For instance, “Who wants to tell a special birthday story?” Or, “A wedding story.” You can choose anything they might remember.

In Closing, please make sure you do not over exert the nursing home residents. This is for circulation and fun, not for losing calories! And having fun is what you are there for!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Chinese New Year 2015

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TravelChinaGuide

The sheep (or ram) is among the animals that people like most. It is gentle and calm. Since ancient times, people have learned to use its fleece to make writing brushes and skin to keep warm. As it is white, people describe delicate and precious white jade to be 'suet jade'. Thus it is close to the meaning of good things.


Strengths
People under the sign of the sheep are tender, polite, filial, clever, and kind-hearted. They have special sensitivity to art and beauty, faith in a certain religion and a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, gentle and compassionate and can cope with business cautiously and circumspectly. In their daily life, they try to be economical. Women born in this year are willing to take good care of others, but they should avoid pessimism and hesitation. They are kind in heart and commonly have symmetrical figures and features.

Weaknesses
Sheep year people are often worriers who are shy, pessimistic, moody, indecisive, over-sensitive, weak-willed and puzzled about life. They are easily inclined to be deeply religious. They are timid in nature and like to be looked after by others. They like flattery, compliment and suggestions from friends. They do not dare to express their love openly and usually have interests in strange theories.

China Zodiac Animal - SheepHoroscope and Numerology Elements
Earthly Branch of Birth Year: wei
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): tu (earth)
Yin Yang: yin
Auspicious Directions: east, southeast, south
Lucky Colors: green, red, purple; Avoid: golden, coffee
Lucky Numbers:3, 9, 4; Avoid: 7, 6, 8
Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose, alice flower
Zodiac Sign Compatibility - Best match: rabbit, horse, pig; Avoid: ox, dog

Celebrities Born in the Year of the Sheep
Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Alva Edison, Muhammad Ali, Rudolph Valentino, Rachel Carson, Pierre Trudeau, Barbara Walters, Orville Wright, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Amy Lee, Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Danes, Jamie Lynn Spears, Matt LeBlanc, Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty 618 – 907), Cao Cao (King of Wei in China’s Three Kingdoms Period 220 - 280), Yue Fei (a patriotic general in China’s South Song Dynasty 1127 - 1279), Empress Dowager Cixi

Fortune Foretelling in 2015
It is their order to encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian), a year to offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune. In 2015, their fortune in all aspects will fluctuate. In career, there won’t be a promotion or salary rise. Only if they stick with their current job and work hard, will they smoothly get through the year. In wealth, they should be very cautious about any investment, or there will be a loss. In relationships, they are suggested to be tolerant of their family, friends and colleagues to avoid any conflict.

Career: They may encounter some road blocks in career in 2015, especially in March, June, September and December. In these months, their emotions will be fluctuant, so it is likely that they will argue with colleagues. In comparison, their fortune in career gets better in February, July and August. As long as they persist in working hard, they will gain much in the coming year. At any rate, no promotion will fall upon them in 2015.

Wealth: The financial fortune of sheep people will be just so-so. They should reduce daily expenses, or it will be hard to make ends meet. It is not a good idea to lend money to others. The investment in stocks, bonds and real estate should be stopped. People who are living in a rental house should keep doing this. Don’t buy a new house or move. Setting a fish tank in the west or north of the house may increase their fortune in wealth.

Relationships: Sheep people can easily lose their temper in 2015. As a result, couples and lovers may argue. They should communicate with each other to solve the problem to avoid breaking up. Also this is not a good year to get married. Single males may get involved in a relationship, and females will still expect to get back their former love.

Health: They should keep away from sharp tools and weapons such as knifes, swords, saws and scissors, because they may easily get injured this year. In daily life, they should play sports and avoid eating too much greasy food. Sheep born in 1943 and 1979 need to be careful in driving and doing sports, especially in June and December.

Study: Sheep students will hardly be able to concentrate on study this year. They should adjust their emotions to focus on study. Some students’ study may be affected by family problems, so parents should pay attention to their behavior and try to be attentive to their children. Moreover, children may get infected some illness, which will influence their study.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Love songs for those with dementia

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Love Songs
 
1.  Heart of My Heart
2.  Let Me Call You Sweetheart
3. 
Moonlight Bay

4.  My Blue Heaven
5.  Oh you Beautiful Doll
6.  By the Light of the Silvery Moon
7.  I Love You Truly
8.  For Me and My Gal
9.  Bicycle Built for Two
10.Baby Face
11.I’ll Be Loving You Always
12.Tea For Two
13.In the Good Old Summertime
14.Has Anybody Seen My Gal
15.School Days
16.Ain’t She Sweet
17.
The Band Played On
18.Side by Side
19.Sidewalks of
New York
20.Don’t sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else But Me
21.Could I Have This Dance
22.The Band Played On
23.You Are My Sunshine
24.Smile Awhile
25.When You Are Smiling
26.In My Merry Oldsmobile
27.By the Beautiful Sea
28.When You Wore A Tulip
29.If You Knew Susie
30.Yes Sir, That’s My Baby

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sensory ideas for those with dementia

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A baby brings much comfort to those with dementia. All people are hard wired to love babies. It is almost instinctive.
 
Moving on from babies, what else can you offer a lower functioning late stage dementia person?
 
As I stated before taping into the senses of these dementia persons seem to work well. We talked about visually stimulating activities.
 
Actually a sensory activity should tap into all a person's senses. You should individualize the activity by focusing on a person's strongest sense. If you are doing this in a group, you will have to change the emphasis for each person. It is almost like doing one to one encounters within a group. This is fine. You can have certain parts of the group that touch everyone and tie everything together.
 
More ideas soon
 
By Susan Berg author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones and Involved Professionals a book for those with dementia and an excellent resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Elvis Presley movies

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Elvis
Elvis acted in 31 movies
 

An Elvis Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood'. Hal Wallis.
Elvis Presley made 31 films as an actor. To view full details on each of Elvis' movies click the links in the right hand column of this page. Elvis also made two documentary feature films, Elvis Thats' The Way It Is and Elvis On Tour. Read more on each of Elvis' Movies at Elvis Presley's Movies
Buy Elvis Presley Movies on DVD

Films As An Actor
1956, Love Me Tender, Twentieth Century Fox
Partial cast list:
Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton, William Campbell, Neville Brand, Mildred Dunnock. Producer: David Weisbart
Director: Robert D. Webb
Screenplay: Robert Buckner.
Based on a story by: Maurice Gerachyty.
Director of Photography: Leo Tover.
1957, Loving You, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, Dolores Hart, James Gleason, Ralph Dumke, Paul Smith, Ken Becker, Jana Lund. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Hal Kanter
Screenplay: Herbert Baker, Hal Kanter
From a story by: Mary Agnes Thompson
Director of Photography: Charles Lang, Jr.
1957, Jailhouse Rock, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor, Jennifer Holden, Dean Jones, Ann Neyland, Hugh Sanders. Producer: Pandro S. Berman
Director: Richard Thorpe
Screenplay: Guy Trosper
Story: Ned Young
Director of Photography: Robert Bronner
1958, King Creole, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Walther Matthau, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, Liliane Montevecchi, Vic Morrow, Paul Stewart, Jan Shepard. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Michael Curtiz
Screenplay: Herbert Baker, Miachael Vincente Gazzo
Story: Based on the novel A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins.
Director of Photography: Russell Harlan
1960, GI Blues, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, Leticia Roman, James Douglas, Sigrid Maier, Arch Johnson. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Edmund Beloin, Henry Garson
Director of Photography: Loyal Griggs
1960, Flaming Star, Twentieth Century Fox
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Steve Forrest, Barbara Eden, Dolores Del Rio, John McIntire, Rudolph Acosta. Producer: David Weisbart
Director: Don Siegel
Screenplay: Clair Huffaker, Nunnally Johnson
Story: Based on the novel Flaming Lance by Clair Huffaker.
Director of Photography: Charles G. Clarke
1961, Wild In The Country, Twentieth Century Fox
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins, Rafer Johnson, John Ireland, Gary Lockwood, William Mims, Christina Crawford. Producer: Jerry Wald
Director: Philip Dunne
Screenplay: Clifford Odets
Story: Based on the novel The Lost Country by J.R. Slamanca
Director of Photography: William C. Mellor
1961, Blue Hawaii, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters, Roland Winters, John Archer, Howard McNear, Steve Brodie, Iris Adrian, Hilo Hattie, Jennie Maxwell. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Hal Kanter
Story: Alan Weiss
Director of Photography: Charles Lang, Jr.
1962, Follow That Dream, United Artists
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore, Alan Hewitt, Herbert Rudley, Simon Oakland, Howard McNear, Roland Winters. Producer: David Weisbart
Director: Gordon Douglas
Screenplay: Charles Lederer
Story: Based on the novel Pioneer, Go Home by Richard Powell
Director of Photography: Leo Tover
1962, Kid Galahad, United Artists
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson. Producer: David Weisbart
Director: Phil Karlson
Screenplay: William Fay
Based on a story by: Francis Wallace
Director of Photography: Burnett Guffey
1962, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens, Jeremy Slate, Laurel Goodwin, Benson Fong, Robert Strauss. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Edward Anhalt, Allan Weiss
Story: Allan Weiss
Director of Photography: Loyal Griggs
1963, It Happened At The World's Fair, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Joan O'Brien, Gary Lockwood, Vicky Tiu. Producer: Ted Richmond
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Si Rose, Seaman Jacobs
Director of Photography: Joseph Ruttenberg
1963, Fun In Acapulco, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Elsa Cardenas, Paul Lukas, Larry Domasin, Alejandro Rey. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: Richard Thorpe
Screenplay: Allan Weiss
Director of Photography: Daniel L. Fapp
1964, Kissin' Cousins, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Glenda Farrell, Jack Albertson, Pam Austin, Cynthia Pepper, Yvonne Craig, Maureen Reagan. Producer: Sam Katzman
Director: Gene Nelson
Screenplay: Gerald Drayson Adams, Gene Nelson
Story: Gerald Drayson Adams
Director of Photography: Ellis W. Carter
1964, Viva Las Vegas, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair. Producers: Jack Cummings, George Sidney
Director: George Sidney
Screenplay: Sally Benson
Director of Photography: Joseph Biroc
1964, Roustabout, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson, Sue Ane Langdon, Pat Buttram. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: John Rich
Screenplay: Anthony Lawrence, Allan Weiss
Story: Allan Weiss
Director of Photography: Lucien Ballard
1964, Girl Happy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Harold J. Stone, Gary Crosby, Joby Baker, Nita Talbot, Mary Ann Mobley, Fabrizio Mioni, Jackie Coogan, Jimmy Hawkins.
1965, Tickle Me, Allied Artists
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Julie Adams, Jocelyn Lane, Jack Mullaney, Merry Anders, Bill Williams, Edward Faulkner. Producer: Ben Schwalb
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Elwood Ullman, Edward Bernds
Director of Photography: Loyal Griggs
1965, Harum Scarum, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Mary Ann Mobley, Fran Jeffries, Michael Ansara, Jay Novello, Philip Reed, Theo Marcuse, Billy Barty. Producer: Sam Katzman
Director: Gene Nelson
Screenplay: Gerald Drayson Adams
Director of Photography: Fred H. Jackman
1966, Frankie And Johnny, United Artists
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan, Sue Ane Langdon, Nancy Kovack, Audrey Christie, Robert Strauss. Producer: Edward Small
Director: Frederick De Cordova
Screenplay: Alex Gottlieb
Story: Nat Peerrin
Director of Photography: Jacques Marquette
1966, Paradise, Hawaiian Style, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Suzanna Leigh, James Shigeta, Donna Butterworth, Marianna Hill, Irene, TSU, Linda Wong, Julie Parrish, Jan Shepard. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: D. Michael Moore
Screenplay: Allan Weiss, Anthony Lawrence
Story: Allan Weiss
Director of Photography: W. Wallace Kelley
1966, Spinout, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Deborah Walley, Dodie Marshall, Jack Mullaney, Will Hutchins, Warren Berlinger, Jimmy Hawkins, Carl Betz. Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Theodore J. Flicker, George Kirgo
Director of Photography: Daniel L. Fapp
1967, Easy Come, Easy Go, Paramount
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Dodie Marshall, Pat Priest, Pat Harrington, Jr., Skip Ward, Elsa Lanchester, Frank McHugh. Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: John Rich
Screenplay: Allan Weiss, Anthony Lawrence
Director of Photography: William Margulies
1967, Double Trouble, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Annette Day, John Williams, Yvonne Romain, Harry Wiere, Herbert Wiere, Sylvester Wiere. Producers: Judd Bernard, Irwin Winkler
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Jo Heims
Based on a story by: Marc Brandel
Director of Photography: Daniel L. Fapp
1967, Clambake, United Artists
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, James Gregory, Gary Merrill. Producers: Arnold Laven, Arthur Gardner, Jules Levy
Director: Arthur H. Nadel
Screenplay: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Story: Arthur Browne, Jr.
Director of Photography: William Margulies
1968, Stay Away, Joe, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez, Henry Jones, L.Q. Jones, Quentin Dean. Producer: Douglas Laurence
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Screenplay: Michael A. Hoey
Story: Based on the novel Stay Away, Joe by Dan Cushman
Director of Photography: Fred Koenekamp
1968, Speedway, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon, William Schallert, Victoria Meyerink. Producer: Douglas Laurence
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Phillip Shuken
Director of Photography: Joseph Ruttenberg
1968, Live A Little, Love A Little, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Michele Carey, Don Porter, Rudy Vallee, Dick Sargent, Sterling Holloway, Celeste Yarnall. Producer: Douglas Laurence
Director: Norman Taurog
Screenplay: Michael A. Hoey, Dan Greenbrug
Story: Based upon the novel Kiss My Firm But Pliant Lips by Dan Greenburg
Director of Photography: Fred Koenekamp
1969, Charro!, National General
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Ina Balin, Victor French, Lynn Kellogg, Barbara Werle, Soloman Sturges, paul Brinegar, James Sikking. Executive Producer: Harry Caplan
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren
Director: Charles Marquis Warren
Screenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: Frederic Louis Fox
Director of Photography: Ellsworth Fredericks
1969, The Trouble With Girls, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Marlyn Mason, Nicole Jaffe, Sheree North, Edward Andrews, John Carradine, Vincent Price, Anissa Jones, Joyce Van Patten, Pepe Brown, Dabney Coleman. Producer: Lester Welch
Director: Peter Tewksbury
Screenplay: Arnold Peyser, Loiss Peyser
Story: Based on a story by Mauri Grashin and a novel Chautauqua by Day Keene and
Dwight Babcock.
Director of Photography: Jacques Marquette
1969, Change Of Habit, Universal
Partial cast list:
Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara McNair, Jane Elliot, Leora Dana, Edward Asner, Robert Emhardt, Regis Toomey, Doro Merande, Ruth McDevitt, Richard Carlson, Nefti Millet, Laura Figueroa, Lorena Kirk, Virgina Vincent, The Blossoms.
Producer: Joe Connelly

Director: William Graham
Screenplay: James Lee, S.S. Schweitzer, Eric Bercovici
Story: John Joseph, Richard Morris
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
- See more at: http://www.elvis.com.au/presley/biography/elvis_presley_movies.shtml#sthash.gYkPx8bd.dpuf

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween activities for everyone!

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by Kathleen Milazzo, Chicago Recreation Examiner

Halloween is a wonderful excuse for a party and whether you are hosting one at a nursing home or having it at your own house, there are Halloween activities that everyone can participate in.

One of the most traditional Halloween activities is apple bobbing, however I even have trouble with that activity. The very young, the elderly, and the handicapped have even more difficulty and usually don't involve themselves in that game. For some it can feel as though they are being left out, but not to worry, we can fix that!

First, you need to know if you don't already that Alzheimer patients do not like water. Secondly, it's important with older individuals that you preserve their dignity, so you've got to present the activities to them carefully, especially when it's something that the young usually do. You may want to remind them that at their age they've earned the right to kick back and have some fun. You can also tell them that bobbing for apples in water is a kids game but that you've got a version that's a little more dignified for adults. Tell them they'll have fun and what do they care what anyone thinks. Finally start off by reminiscing and discussing with them how they celebrated at Halloween parties when they were young. Get them to laugh and remember if they can.

To further get them in the mood, costumes are in order. You only need to get some funny masks and/or hats. They can feel more a part of the party at little effort and cost.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dementia and Halloween

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Eons

Dementia/Alzheimer’s and Halloween have something in common- they are both scary! To an dementia/Alzheimer’s person Halloween can be destabilizing because of children constantly ringing the doorbell, strange decorations, confusing costumes and ghostly creaking sounds which contribute to the spirit of the holiday. This doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate, but you might want to reevaluate the ritual to see it with Dementia/Alzheimer’s eyes.

Here are some tips for a fun Halloween:

•Prepare for the celebration by discussing your plans with the Alzheimer’s person and describing the holiday dynamics like trick or treaters. For example, show your loved one a decoration and ask, “Do you like this decoration?” If he or she says, “This frightens me,” then respect this perception. Don’t try to talk him or her out of it. Most patients will be okay with pumpkins and cats; however, witches and ghosts might be unnerving.

•Keep furniture in its place. Consequently, your loved one will not become confused or even worse, bump into things and fall. Dementia affects balance and perception. Watch out for low-lying candles! It’s always easier to prevent than to treat.

•Avoid rigging up strange sounds like ghostly laughter or creaking doors because they bombard people with too much stimuli.

•Let neighbors know that candy will be placed outside the door, (the honor system), so that children will not keep ringing the doorbell and frightening your loved one. Or put up a note on the door with instructions for trick or treaters. However, if your loved one is adequately prepared and looks forward to the children at your doorstep by all means let them come in and strut their stuff!

•Know your loved one’s dietary restrictions, especially if he or she is diabetic. If you keep Halloween candy in a nearby bowl, you might be surprised that much of it will be missing. Those candy corns can give anyone a sugar rush! Instead place some healthy, colorful treats like cut-up apples with cinnamon or berry/yogurt parfaits. Bake your own pumpkin pie using wholesome ingredients as you follow a lighter recipe.

Halloween can be tweaked and personalized to communicate a meaningful updated ritual. Both you and your loved one will enjoy the current anticipation as you tap into a positive memory of past celebrations. Make decorations together to maximize the occasion. Art therapy provides positive stimulation and creative self-expression. And while you are coloring and pasting, play music in the background, preferably from your loved one’s time period, for happiness synergy.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More on Hi Neighbor Month

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What kind of relationship do you have with your neighbors? Many people today don’t even know their neighbors these days. Today show your neighbors how much they mean to you. Bake some cupcakes, brownies or frame a photo of you together and give it to them. You can give them a card to let them know they are an important part of your life. Maybe you can plan a neighborhood holiday get together. This is the time of year to celebrate your neighborhood.

 




Hi Neighbor"

“Hi Neighbor” was created to encourage people to come outside and talk with their neighbors, reconnect with those they haven’t seen in awhile and begin establishing relationships that build strong communities. Initially a one night event in June, the CRC now promotes the entire month of June as “Hi Neighbor” month. This is a great time to plan a party, do a good deed for a neighbor or just visit.

 

The History of Hi Neighbor

Do you know your neighbors? Have you taken any time recently to stop and chat with those that live near you? Many of us might answer no to both of these questions. Our busy lives and the construction of modern homes with the focus on backyard patios rather than front porches, have led to isolation among neighbors. Worthington has taken steps to change this through our annual “Hi Neighbor” night. Sponsored by the Community Relations Commission, “Hi Neighbor” began in 2001 and received international attention through media outlines throughout the United States, Canada and Britain.

The idea for this event grew from conversations that former City Council Member Courtney Chapman had with several Worthington residents. The September 11th tragedy has made many of us long for more connections with family, friends, and neighbors. Worthington City Council is supportive of this initiative to build neighborly relationships throughout the City, and asked the Community Relations Commission to organize this event. “Hi Neighbor” nights in Worthington
are meant to be informal opportunities for neighbors to get to know each other. Participants could bring along family photos of new grandchildren or recent vacations. . The possibilities are endless.
 



Monday, October 13, 2014

A Columbus Day tale for those with dementia

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Christopher Columbus

Traveling to India around the southern tip of Africa was dangerous and difficult. An Italian sailor by the name of Christopher Columbus proposed finding a new route by sailing West. Columbus thought that if they sailed West, they would eventually circle the globe, and arrive in Eastern Asia.

For seven years, Christopher Columbus traveled around Europe looking for someone who would finance his journey. The monarchs of Europe made fun of him, saying that it was too risky, and dangerous to attempt such a voyage around the globe.

Finally, Columbus arrived in Spain. For many years, Spain had been caught up in civil war. As a result, they were behind much of Europe in their development. King Ferdinand, and Queen Isabella were anxious to prove that Spain could be as powerful and successful as their neighbor Portugal.

In August of 1492 they granted Christopher Columbus the supplies, men, and ships that he needed to carry out his expedition. Columbus was given three sailing ships. These ships were named the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Columbus' men were terrified that they would be lost at sea, and that they would suffer starvation. As the days wore on, these men began to turn against him. Columbus was forced to agree to turn back, if they did not find land within three days.

On the night of the second day, just before he would have had to turn around, land was sighted. Columbus and his men discovered an island in the Caribbean, which they named Hispanolia. This Island is the location of the present day nations of Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Columbus did not realize that he had arrived in a new part of the world. He was convinced that he was in India. For this reason, he called the natives who lived on these islands the Indians.

Columbus returned to the Americas three more times. Each time believing that he was in India. During his life, he never realized what he had discovered.




Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Activities Directors, caregivers, and others resposible for activities

Here’s some history trivia to share with your residents:

Italian mariner Cristoforo Colombo is called Cristobal Colon in Spanish, Cristovio Colombo in Portuguese and Christopher Columbus in English.
Columbus did not set out to discover a New World. He was obsessed with finding a westward route to Asia.

In January 1492, Columbus obtained the support of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
Columbus’ fleet included the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. On his first voyage to the New World, Columbus commandeered the Santa Maria.

The Santa Maria was shipwrecked off the coast of what is now Haiti.
Columbus declared himself the governor of the island of Hispaniola.
Columbus made a total of four voyages to the New World, specifically the West Indies.

During his third voyage, Columbus was returned to Spain in shackles.
The first recorded celebration of the discovery of America took place in New York City on October 12, 1792 — exactly 300 years after Columbus landed in the New World.
One hundred years later, President Harrison encouraged citizens to participate in the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage.

On this day, the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy, was recited publicly for the first time.

In 1937, President Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 as Columbus Day.

In 1971, President Nixon made the second Monday of October a national holiday.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to celebrate Columbus Day with those who have dementia

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In early October we celebrate Columbus Day. Most people with dementia remember learning about Columbus in school. You can design a trivia game using simple facts. First you can tell the story of Columbus sailing to
America to your audience of one or more.

Then you can have a discussion about Columbus Day.


After the discussion, you can make up your own trivia game using facts in the story as well as any information the group member(s) want to include.

Here are some sample trivia questions:


The person who discovered
America was______________(Columbus)
The year Columbus discovered
America was___________(1492)
The ship that starts with the letter N that was in the Columbus fleet was the ________________(Nina)
Design as many questions as you can think of.
A little while later, see how many questions the person with dementia can answer.

Then you can sing some patriotic songs.

Finally you can discuss what most Americans do on Columbus Day.

Hopefully you have the day off and can have a nice relaxing day with your friend with dementia.

Remember to leave your comments and questions

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Residents' rights month and materials

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Theconsumervoice.org

Residents' Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice and is celebrated in October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2014 is, "Better Staffing: The Key to Better Care" with the goal of encouraging residents and others to be educated about staffing and long-term care.

Residents' Rights

Residents’ Rights are guaranteed by the federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. The law requires nursing homes to “promote and protect the rights of each resident” and places a strong emphasis on individual dignity and self-determination. Nursing homes must meet federal residents' rights requirements if they participate in Medicare or Medicaid. Some states have residents' rights in state law or regulation for nursing homes, licensed assisted living, adult care homes, and other board and care facilities. A person living in a long-term care facility maintains the same rights as an individual in the larger community.
View a Consumer Voice fact sheet on Residents' Rights.
Select on a below link to learn more about Residents' Rights.

What are Residents' Rights?


Residents' Rights Guarantee Quality of Life
The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires each nursing home to care for its residents in a manner that promotes and enhances the quality of life of each resident, ensuring dignity, choice, and self-determination.
All nursing homes are required "to provide services and activities to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each resident in accordance with a written plan of care that… is initially prepared, with participation, to the extent practicable, of the resident, the resident's family, or legal representative." This means a resident should not decline in health or well-being as a result of the way a nursing facility provides care.
The 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law protects the following rights of nursing home residents:
The Right to Be Fully Informed of
  • Available services and the charges for each service
  • Facility rules and regulations, including a written copy of resident rights
  • Address and telephone number of the State Ombudsman and state survey agency
  • State survey reports and the nursing home’s plan of correction
  • Advance plans of a change in rooms or roommates
  • Assistance if a sensory impairment exists
  • Residents have a right to receive information in a language they understand (Spanish, Braille, etc.)
Right to Complain
  • Present grievances to staff or any other person, without fear of reprisal and with prompt efforts by the facility to resolve those grievances
  • To complain to the ombudsman program
  • To file a complaint with the state survey and certification agency
Right to Participate in One's Own Care
  • Receive adequate and appropriate care
  • Be informed of all changes in medical condition
  • Participate in their own assessment, care-planning, treatment, and discharge
  • Refuse medication and treatment
  • Refuse chemical and physical restraints
  • Review one's medical record
  • Be free from charge for services covered by Medicaid or Medicare
Right to Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Private and unrestricted communication with any person of their choice
  • During treatment and care of one's personal needs
  • Regarding medical, personal, or financial affairs
Rights During Transfers and Discharges
  • Remain in the nursing facility unless a transfer or discharge:
  • (a) is necessary to meet the resident’s welfare;
  • (b) is appropriate because the resident’s health has improved and s/he no longer requires nursing home care;
  • (c) is needed to protect the health and safety of other residents or staff;
  • (d) is required because the resident has failed, after reasonable notice, to pay the facility charge for an item or service provided at the resident’s request
  • Receive thirty-day notice of transfer or discharge which includes the reason, effective date, location to which the resident is transferred or discharged, the right to appeal, and the name, address, and telephone number of the state long-term care ombudsman
  • Safe transfer or discharge through sufficient preparation by the nursing home
Right to Dignity, Respect, and Freedom
  • To be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity
  • To be free from mental and physical abuse, corporal punishment, involuntary seclusion, and physical and chemical restraints
  • To self-determination
  • Security of possessions
Right to Visits
  • By a resident’s personal physician and representatives from the state survey agency and ombudsman programs
  • By relatives, friends, and others of the residents' choosing
  • By organizations or individuals providing health, social, legal, or other services
  • Residents have the right to refuse visitors
Right to Make Independent Choices
  • Make personal decisions, such as what to wear and how to spend free time
  • Reasonable accommodation of one's needs and preferences
  • Choose a physician
  • Participate in community activities, both inside and outside the nursing home
  • Organize and participate in a Resident Council
  • Manage one's own financial affairs

Residents' Rights in Other Languages


The Center is pleased offer Residents' Rights in the following languages, English, French, Hindu, Korean (Illinois specific, not federal version) Spanish and Russian (Illinois specific, not federal version). Select on the links below to access each version.
If you have a copy of Residents' Rights in a language not listed here and would like to share it with NORC, e-mail it to ombudcenter@theconsumervoice.org. Thank you!

 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Communication strategies can benefit dementia patients and caregivers

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

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

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Medical News

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia represent an exponentially growing social and health care challenge for American families - not only family members who face the progressive brain disease, but also those who love them.

Many spouses of those with dementia do more than watch as their partners deal with the disease's effects on brain functioning, memory, motor skills and emotional health. They often assume round-the-clock caregiving responsibilities as their husband or wife of many years faces progressive decline. Communication can become a particularly difficult issue.

"We found that breakdowns in communication may trigger or deepen problem behaviors in family members with dementia," says Marie Savundranayagam, assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). "These problem behaviors by those with dementia, such as agitation and aggression, have consistently been linked with caregiver stress."

Through a UWM Research Growth Initiative grant and an Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grant, Savundranayagam is working to identify communication strategies used by caregivers to resolve communication breakdowns.

Partners in long-lasting relationships are the focus of her research. "There's something very special about these relationships," she says. "These caregivers are less likely to place their spouses in a nursing home. They want to keep that family member at home as long as possible." New strategies can backfire

"Communication breakdowns can also result from caregivers' use of ineffective communication strategies that they perceive to be helpful," says Savundranayagam.

"Imagine the frustration that a wife, married to her husband for 40 years and now thrust into the role of caregiver, feels when their familiar conversational give-and-take no longer works," she continues. "When the wife tries to communicate differently, that strategy may work - or it may create even more problems.

"For example, the wife may think that she can communicate better with her loved one by talking slower. But that's actually the opposite of what should be done. A person with dementia will actually forget what was said in the first part of the sentence before the caregiver finishes talking."Insights from everyday interactions

Savundranayagam and co-investigator J.B. Orange, associate professor and director of the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Western Ontario, are now analyzing everyday activities and communication patterns of persons affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Caregiver/care receiver couples completed questionnaires and were then video-recorded as they interacted in their homes − at the dinner table, for example. Communication Sciences and Disorders students from UWM's College of Health Sciences, coached by Orange, are transcribing and coding these videos to help pinpoint the types of communication strategies the caregiver is using to resolve misunderstandings.

The next step, says Savundranayagam, is assessing the effectiveness of caregiver carstrategies. "Do their approaches exacerbate a communication problem or resolve it?" Savundranayagam's work also will investigate the role of effective and ineffective communication strategies in predicting episodes of problem behaviors and caregiver stress.

The goal is to lay the foundation and justification for designing empirically derived communication interventions for family caregivers that target both problems.

"Sometimes a caregiver can deal with problem behaviors and it's not that distressing for them," says Savundranayagam. "But other times, the caregiver's appraisal is incorrect, and a strategy that they think is good really isn't. When we see that, we know that an intervention is necessary for a specific group of caregivers.

"That's really where this project is going − to target the people who will really benefit from a communication intervention," says Savundranayagam.