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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul, meaningful films to share

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

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

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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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Activities Directors, other healthcare professionals and caregivers, fearured here is a meaningful activity that is easy, yet produces wondrous results

Whether your loved one or client has dementia, some other disorder, or you just want to provide something meaningful for him to watch, I recommend this inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Love, video. It featuires two uplifting short films.

The first is, “Mrs. Wetherby’s Treasure,” It is about two sweet and innocent 9-year-old girls who befriend themselves to an elderly neighbor. They discover a truly wondrous and unexpected friendship .

The second short film is entitled “Dear Grandmother,” It features a series of unexpected events in the life of a New York fashion coordinator named Celia Davis. In a short period of time, Celia loses her estranged mother and is appointed guardian of her 12-year-old half sister Merry, who is quite a handful. They go on a lengthy cross-country journey together. They start out as strangers but by the time the journey is over, they form a joyous, deep-seated bond.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

More Christmas Ideas For Those With Dementia

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

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

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

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These ideas can also be used with others who reside at a long term care facility
Therefore Activities Directors, other healthcare professionals and caregivers will find this post of interest

Alzheimer’s Care Group

Christmas Ideas
Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. Commericals for Christmas sales are already beginning to pop up on the TV. Here is a great idea for Christmas gifts that can be made by your residents.

Dough Art

Overview

Dough Art is a fun activity that gives residents the chance to use their hands and imagination. The residents may use the dough to make ornaments and give them as Christmas gifts.

Purpose
To stimulate creativity and imagination
To give residents a sense of accomplishment
To provide sensory stimulation

Materials
Two cups of flour
One cup of salt.....read the whole thing


Friday, September 19, 2014

Christmas tree safe for patients with Alzheimer's

Activities directors and other healthcare professionals 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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To all the readers of this blog who are eager to learn more about dementia, 

It is not too early to be thinking about Christmas

You, as an activities director, other healthcare professional or caregiver will be interested in this story about decorating a Christmas tree that is safe for most with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
Calgary Herald
Canwest News Service
Alice Jones's home is decorated with a special Christmas tree that glitters with everything edible.


Tinsel has been replaced with popcorn strings and Cheerios chains. Gingerbread men and sugary santas have taken the places of wooden soldiers.


The old-fashioned tree was the idea of the staff at the McConnell Place north Alzheimer Care Centre in Edmonton.


Alice Jones's home is decorated with a special Christmas tree that glitters with everything edible.
Tinsel has been replaced with popcorn strings and Cheerios chains. Gingerbread men and sugary santas have taken the places of wooden soldiers.
It's a way to spark Christmas memories in the residents, but also to keep them safe should they decide to eat something pretty.
Years ago, one woman was attracted to the tree trimmings and occasionally tried to take a bite.
That's a rare occurrence, said Kerry Kilback, a resident companion in one ward of the alzheimer's centre, where 12 of 36 people live.
But horrific things can happen to people with dementia.
"We have to be aware of our surroundings. we want to make it safe for ourselves as well as our residents," Kilback said. "We wanted what the residents were used to, what would trigger memories. It seemed like a neat idea."
Such "reminiscence therapy" isn't new for the centre, which also puts on re-enactments of weddings to rekindle memories, even if those memories can't always be voiced. Long-term memory is generally the last to go for people with dementia.
Alice Jones has lived at McConnell Place north for two Christmases.
The 74-year-old said she associates Christmas with carols and festive trees.
"I don't think it would be Christmas without them."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An awesome apple activity

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals,here is some great information you will find valuable

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

Remember October is Apple Month


For lower functioning residents, talk about the color of apples. Maybe you could have some real apples for them to see touch and feel.

You could have other large items that are red, green or yellow(the color of apples) for the residents to talk about. You could also have some red material of different textures for the residents to feel. Many lower functioning residents like the feel of certain materials and like to rub big pieces of material.




Friday, September 5, 2014

Alzheimer's training

Activities directors and other healthcare professionals here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals,

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At EasyCEU.com, we see the challenges caregivers face everywhere, and every day, in helping preserve quality of life for individuals with this diagnosis. That's why we're taking part in our local Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's in just a few days. 
 
In honor of this, we're offering a great discount on our NAB approved Alzheimer's online CEU course!
 
Use promo code ALZCARE to get 15% off our NAB approved 
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Our NAB approved Alzheimer's online course is designed to review the pathophysiology and process of Alzheimer's disease, a brief overview of Alzheimer's disease research, and the impact of the disease on the patient and the family. Interventions to care for residents with Alzheimer's disease, and ways to help the family cope are discussed to help caregivers meet the challenge of caring for residents afflicted with this devastating disease. 
 
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