Friday, July 24, 2015

Simple apple facts


Activities that ANYONE can do with a RESIDENT with or without dementia




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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Red Delicious Apple
I’m a conical (cone) shaped apple with a greenish-yellow background covered with red stripes. I have a firm, crisp, creamy-white flesh with a sweet juicy, highly aromatic flavour.
Jonathan Apple
I’m a small to medium round apple with a deep red skin which has faint, deep red stripes. I have a fine grained, juicy white flesh with a sweet acid flavour and I’m great eaten out of hand.
Granny Smith Apple
I’m a round, conical shaped apple with a rich green skin. I have a crisp, firm, juicy, greenish-white flesh with a distinctive acidy flavour, which makes me excellent for cooking.
Braeburn Apple
I’m a medium to large, round to conical shaped apple with a glossy, striped red blush over yellow coloured skin. I have a sweet flavour with pale cream, crisp, juicy flesh.
Bonza Apple
I’m a medium to large, flat-round apple with a bold red blush which overlays green to yellow coloured skin. I have a distinct, sweet flavour and firm, juicy, white flesh.
Pink Lady Apple
I’m a medium, round-oblong shaped apple with yellow skin overlaid with a pink to light red blush. I’m a cross between a Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, which makes me excellent for eating out of hand as I have a crisp, fine, sweet tasting flesh.
Golden Delicious Apple
I’m a medium to large, round to conical shaped apple with a pale green to yellow coloured skin with creamy-green, crisp flesh. I have a pleasant sweet flavour and good aroma. I’m great for eating out of hand or I can be used for cooking.
Fuji Apple
I’m a medium to large, flat-round to round shaped apple with a blushed dull red to crimson colour with firm, dense flesh. I have a high water and sugar content which makes me a juicy apple and my distinctive honey-sweet flavour is wonderful in stews and bakes.
Gala Apple (Royal Gala)
I’m a medium, round shaped apple. My skin colour varies slightly depending on which strain I belong to and can range from a pale, golden yellow with slight red blush, to solid brightly red blushed. I have a crisp, dense flesh with a flavour sweeter than a Delicious Apple.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Alzheimer's and Dementia Activities: What Works for Your Loved One?

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 

I thought this article might give you, as an Activities Directors, some ideas
Harriet Hodgson
Harriet HodgsonLevel: PlatinumHarriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist

Coming up with activities that work for my 98 1/2-year-old father-in-law is difficult. He has severe dementia, can hardly hear (he has a cochlear implant and a hearing aid), has trouble seeing, and needs a walker to get around. Many resources have been written about activities for people with memory disease and they include crafts, sing-alongs, music therapy, dancing, cooking, gardening, woodworking, and walking clubs.
None of these activities work for Dad. We have racked our brains to come up with activities that work for him. The things we do with Dad take lots of advance planning and we consider:
TIMING. It takes Dad several hours to awaken fully and get his mind working. We have found that afternoon and early evening activities work best for him.
WEATHER. We check weather forecasts ahead of time and make sure Dad is dressed for the weather and has extra clothing.
MEDICATIONS. If we are going to be gone for several hours, or a day, we order Dad's medications ahead of time. We make a list of what he takes and when he takes it.
EXTRA SUPPLIES. As Dad has gotten older his asthma has gotten worse. We make sure Dad has an inhaler with him and extra batteries for his hearing aid.
Dad lives in Assisted Living........read the whole article

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pet therapy for those with dementia (Part 2)

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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Pet therapy(Part 2)

Finally, although pet therapy is effective with many people with dementia, it is important to remember that not everyone enjoys the presence of animals. A man who has been terrified of large dogs his entire life, for instance, will probably not benefit from being visited by a Great Dane, and a woman who spent her childhood chasing rabbits out of the garden may not want to have one curled up on her lap. Like any other type of therapeutic intervention, pet therapy should take the patient's likes and dislikes into account.

For people who enjoy animals, though, pet therapy offers some solid benefits: better health, more relaxed mood, enhanced connection to the world, improved communication, and the badly needed chance to play and create.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lemonade - a refreshing summer drink for those with dementia



Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals Did You Know that lemonade is a great drink for those with dementia. It tastes good, it is fum and easy to make and drinking it stimulates a person's appetite

Here is a link to a great lemonade recipe





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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Lemon facts and trivia
* The lemon originated in China
* Lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emperors
* Lemons made their way to the United States with the help of Catholic Missionaries and were planted in Arizona and California? Today they produce virtually all of the lemons consumed in the United States as well as about one-third of those used throughout the world
(source The Packer Produce Availability & Merchandising Guide, 1999).

Lemons are valued for their many uses in flavoring the food we eat, as a garnish, and for household purposes.

Selection
Lemons should be firm and have a bright yellow color. Avoid soft, shriveled lemons with spots. The best lemons will be fine textured and heavy for their size. Thin skinned fruit tends to have more juice, while fruit that has a greenish cast is likely to be more acidic. One medium lemon has about 3 tablespoons of juice and 3 tablespoons of grated peel.

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