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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dementia friendship visit

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Tips for making the most of your friendship visit
visit


• Be relaxed, be yourself and avoid forced cheerfulness. 

• Have a flexible attitude – things may not go to plan. 

• Accept that you may have to initiate conversation and things to do. 

• Take something with you to share.

• Establish a visiting routine: say hello and introduce yourself.

 • As you leave ask if you may visit again, smile and wave. 

• Don’t rush things. Your friend may need time to register who you are and why you are there. 

• Remember that silence is not necessarily a negative thing. 

• Choose a quiet, familiar location and introduce one thing at a time. 

• If possible, and desirable, visit with some regularity, even for a brief time. 

• While your last visit may not be remembered, it was enjoyed at the time. 

• Be kind to yourself; it’s possible some visits may leave you feeling sad. 

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Dementia and friendship

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 Friendships are an integral part of the human experience. Yet, dementia often takes a toll on social relationships, and many friends withdraw. This research, however, focuses on friendships that remain, despite a diagnosis of dementia. It examines the quality of the friendships of people with dementia and long-term friendships. Data were collected through focus group interviews with people with early stage dementia and their care partners, and through interviews with designated friends. The findings show that people with dementia do have friends that remain and they have a wide variety of friendships, from those based on one shared activity to those of multifaceted deep relationships. The long-term friendships, which last across the various stages of dementia, appear to fall into two types: one, where the person with dementia has become more like a family member than a friend (suffusion); and the other where the diagnosis of dementia was the impetus for the relationship to become closer (progressive friendship).

Friday, September 25, 2015

Alzheimer's Therapeutic Activities

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How can therapeutic activities help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer's?

Planning structured, individualized activities that involve and interest the person with Alzheimer's may reduce many of the more disturbing behavioral symptoms of AD, such as agitation, anger, frustration, depression, wandering or rummaging. Health professionals who work with Alzheimer's patients say therapeutic activities should focus on the person's previous interests, cue the person to old and recent memories and take advantage of the person's remaining skills while minimizing the impact of skills that may be compromised.

What kinds of therapeutic activities are best?

Successful activities support a person's sense of self - bringing out their skills, memories and habits - and reinforce the person's sense of being in a group, which can provide friendship, mutual support and spiritual connectedness.

Any number of activities may be beneficial depending on the individual, and different activities may affect certain symptoms but not others. (For example, music therapy may improve eating in some people but not others.) Any former hobby or interest of the person is a candidate, from gardening, cooking, painting and drawing, to singing, playing musical instruments or listening to music, etc. Routine is essential: Activities that are done regularly, perhaps even at the same time every day if possible, may help establish routine and increase the person's sense of stability.

Some of the therapeutic activities that have been shown in rigorous research studies to reduce certain problem behaviors in people with Alzheimer's are:

•playing music of the person's choosing;
•one-on-one interaction;
•playing videotapes of family members;
•walking and light exercise;
•pet therapy.
Several programs that combine various therapeutic activities have also shown favorable results in people with Alzheimer's. These include a multifaceted program of music, exercise, crafts and relaxation, and structured sessions combining meditation, relaxation, sensory awareness and guided imagery, so-called mind-over-body techniques designed to calm and soothe.

Where can I learn more about beneficial activities?
Your doctor, nursing staff or social worker should be able to help you determine what types of activities might be best and direct you to community resources that can help. Medical centers or healthcare service providers that serve Alzheimer's patients, such as adult care centers or home healthcare networks, may sponsor programs or know about programs in your area.

A baby brings much comfort to those with dementia. All people are hard wired to love babies. It is almost instinctive.
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.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Friendship day

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Activities directors, caregivers and other healthcare professionals, here is some great information on friendship to help you celebrate National Friendship Day

This celebration will be in honor of National Friendship
Day-created by Congress in 1935 to honor the special
meaning of friendship. It is usually celebrated on November 24

"A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
Before him I may think aloud."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)~

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost."
- Charles Caleb Colton

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, - Anais Nin

"My friends are my estate."

"A friend is one who walks in when others walk out"
-Walter Winchell

"A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else."
- Len Wein - Sent by Paulo Louro

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words."
- Sent by Donna Roberts

"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself."
- Sent by Lysha

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend."
- Albert Camus (also attributed to Maimonidies). Sent by clovers

"A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more."
- Sent by Jasmine Fitzwilliam

"Everyone is a friend, until they prove otherwise."
- sent by Steve

"It takes a long time to grow an old friend."
- by John Leonard (thanks to Steve's Famous Quotes)


Friendship Proverbs

"Books and friends should be few but good."

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."
- Latin Proverb

"A good friend is my nearest relation."

"Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes."
"Love is blind. Friendship tries not to notice."
-Sent in by Angela Kendrick

"To have a friend, be a friend."
(sent by Julio Fung)

"Life without a friend is like death without a witness."
- Spanish Proverb

"The best mirror is an old friend."

"A cheerful friend is like a sunny day spreading brightness all around."
- John Lubcock ( English Astronomer )

"THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF SHIPS. THERE ARE WOODEN SHIPS ,PLASTIC SHIPS, AND METAL SHIPS. BUT THE BEST AND MOST IMPORTAINT TYPES OF SHIPS ARE FRIENDSHIPS."
- OLD IRISH QUOTE (SENT BY -ROBERT J. BADAR JR.)

"The only unsinkable ship is FRIENDSHIP."
-Sent in by Jeff Sczpanski


Friendship poem

The best of friends,
Can change a frown,
Into a smile,
when you feel down.
The best of friends,
Will understand,
Your little trials,
And lend a hand.
The best of friends,
Will always share,
Your secret dreams,
Because they care.
The best of friends,
Worth more than gold,
Give all the love,
A heart can hold

You're never alone, I'm always near,
When your troubled, down or blue.
All you have to do is call me,
I'm always here for you.
It doesn't matter where I'm at,
It doesn't matter when.
When you need someone to talk to,
I'm here to be your friend.
If you need someone to hold your hand,
or a hug to say I care.
If you need a shoulder to cry on,
for you I will be there.
So never think you are a burden,
when the weight gets to be to much.
You might find if look hard enough,
a good friend could be the right touch.
You're never alone, I'm always here,
through the good times and the bad.
I'm always here to be your friend,
I don't like to see you sad.

Rainbow and my Friend
If I could catch a rainbow, I would do it, just for you,
And, share with you, its beauty, on the days you're feeling blue.
If I could, I would build a mountain, you could call your very own.
A place to find serenity, a place just to be alone.
If I could, I would take your troubles, and toss them into the sea.
But, all these things, I'm finding, are impossible for me.
I cannot build a mountain, or catch a rainbow fair;
but, let me be, what I know best,
A Friend, who's always there.
I promise to defend you, should the occasion ever rise,
And, I promise to wipe away the tears,
which might stream from your weeping eyes.
Let me be the trusted Friend, the one that you know best.
I will never leave you, on that, you can surely rest.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Easy kindness ideas

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Smile at 5 people

Sing a song
Show people pictures of happy babies Try these Adorable Photographs

Compliment 5 people

Tell a joke

Hold a person’s hand

Dictate a friendly message
Shake a maraca

Say hip hip horray for a person

Say 2 kind words

Be patient

Saturday, September 19, 2015

World kindness day

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World Kindness Day - Kindness is universally appreciated so why not show some on 13 November 2014!
Mark Twain summarised kindness when he said it is "the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see".
World Kindness Day has been recognized in many countries throughout the world for a number of years.   Driven by The World Kindness Movement, the day involves people around the world showing that we can think about more than ourselves and make the world a better place because of it.
In June 2010 Louise Burfitt-Dons and David Jamilly, both members of the World Kindness Movement and humanitarians, launched a Kindness Day UK.  Their aim is to highlight good deeds done across the country.
Everyone's idea of kindness is different.  Helping an elderly person cross the road, giving someone a compliment, volunteering at a local children's charity, or distributing baked goodies in your workplace - it all counts.
You’ll also notice a wide range of people quoted on kindness on the official homepage.  From comedian Jo Brand to Kay Boycott at Shelter they only reinforce the significant role of kindness in a person’s life no matter who they are.
I thought I'd need to hop on a plane and go do some humanitarian work in an African orphanage or something equally as significant.   But it turns out I can make the world better by being kind to the people around me. Its so simple yet so true.
So, whether you hold your tongue and don't voice mean thoughts or do something proactive to be kind to others, you can play your part in the day. 
For half a minute on 13th November, you are asked to contemplate kindness and selfless acts that have had a lasting impact on you.  Nothing huge, or shouting it from the rooftops – it's a gesture as gentle as the notion itself.
Remember what Wordsworth said; "the best bits of a man's life are the simple, random acts of kindness and love". 
It really doesn't take much to show someone somewhere an act of kindness - so what will you do on 13 November?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sannwich fillings

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Common and not so common sandwich fillings:

Avocado
Bacon
Banana
Beef
Bologna
Cabbage
Carrots
Chicken
Cheese
Doritos
Egg
Fish sticks
Fluff
Ham
Italian sausage patty
JalapeƱo peppers
Jelly
Ketchup
Lettuce
Macaroni and cheese
Mayonaise
Mustard
Noodles
Onion rings
Onions
Peanut butter
Pepperoni
Pickle relish
Pickles
Queso blanco dip
Ramen noodles
Sour cream
Sourkraut
Spinach
Tarter sauce
Tofu
Tomatoes
Tuna
Turkey
Turkey burger
Usingers bratwurst
Veal Parmesan
Xylocarp (coconut)
Yams
Zucchini

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sandwich game

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If you were a sandwich, what kind would you be? Find out! Take this fun personality test to see which kind of sandwich you are. See with the sandwich test.
This is one of the quizzes that has absolutely no meaning. Once 
 Age
 Under 18 Years Old

  18 to 24 Years Old

  25 to 30 Years Old

  31 to 40 Years Old

  41 to 50 Years Old

  51 to 60 Years Old

  Over 60 Years Old

2. What is your gender?
  Male

  Female

3. What kind of bread do you like for your sandwich?
  Multigrain

  Rye

  Sourdough

  A roll of any kind

  White

  Wheat

4. What goes best with a sandwich?
  Corn chips

  Pickles

  Fries

  Fruit

  Potato chips

  Soup

5. How do you cut your sandwich?
  You don't cut it, you eat it whole

  You cut it in half and cut off the crusts

  Into four little sandwiches

  You don't cut it, it's on a roll or bun

  In half, straight up and down

  In half, on the diagonal

6. Which of these sandwiches are you likely to choose?
  Cuban pork loin sandwich

  Sloppy joe

  BLT sandwich

  Pesto chicken with avocado and focaccia

  Ice cream sandwich

  Breakfast sandwich

7. The word that best describes your lunch is:
  Comforting - it's the time you eat your favorite foods

  Inventive - you don't like to eat the same thing twice in a week

  Impressive - you eat as much as you do at dinner

  Ordinary - you're likely to eat the same thing every day

  Fun - you're up for anything

  Relaxing - it's your break during the day

8. What do you drink with your sandwich?
  Soda

  Juice

  Beer

  Water

  Chocolate milk

  Milk

9. What sort of dessert are you likely to have?
  Apple pie - sweet and decadent

  Peach cobbler - downhome goodness

  Banana split - mixin' it all!

  Tiramisu - sophisticated

  Chocolate chip cookies - childish

  Cheesecake - classic

10. Where is your sandwich served?
  Fast food joint - quick and easy

  Deli - with a variety of fine foods

  Bar - gotta love the company and the game

  Upscale restaurant - expect to leave a nice tip

  Home - simple and delicious

  Leftovers - you take what's given to you

11. What sort of extras go on top of your sandwich?
  Chips - you like the crunch

  Mayo - pure mayo, not the fake stuff

  Tomato - you've matured to this

  Lettuce - necessary for the color scheme

  Chocolate - everyone's dream come true

  Ketchup - thick and flavorful

12. Besides sandwiches, which of these foods sounds most appetizing to you?
  Pizza

  Sushi

  Chicken wings

  Beef

  Donuts

  Nachos

13. It's Friday night, and you're at a party. You are probably:
  Calm, just talking to friends and having a good time

  Irresistible, the one everyone flocks to

  Full of alcohol, loud and flamboyant

  Understated and reserved, but worth getting to know

  A ball of energy, bouncing around from person to person

  Sweetness and light, trying to make everyone smile

 What Kind of Sandwich Are You?
Ham
0%
Club Sandwich
0%
Turkey Sandwich
0%
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
0%
Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Each answer is rated 1-6
The first answer being one point. The last answer on each question is worth six points.The answers in between are worth 2-5 depending on the order they are in the answer section

Add up all your points
Ham 13-26 points
club   27-40
turkey 41-54
PB&J  55-68
grilled cheese more than 68
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

History of the sandwich

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History of the Sandwich

Whether it’s a PB&J at a picnic or a foot long sub for supper, sandwiches are a simple, savoury (and portable) option for any meal of the day. But do you know how they were invented? Delve between the bread slices to find out the story of this delicious dish!
History of the SandwichHistory of the Sandwich

The Sandwiches That Started It All

The first recorded mention of a sandwich-like meal dates all the way back to the 1st Century B.C. Ancient Jewish Rabbi Hillel the Elder is reported to have started the Passover tradition of putting lamb, mixed nuts and herbs between two pieces of matzo (unleavened bread).
In the Middle Ages people would use thick slices of stale bread, called “trenchers”, as plates for meats and vegetables, creating an open-faced sandwich, but the bread was sometimes too stale to eat and was often fed to dogs and farm animals.
In the 17th Century taverns in the Netherlands started to serve something that looks a lot more like the sandwiches we eat today. They would hang cured beef from the ceilings of the taverns that would be sliced and paired with bread and butter for customers.
Club Sandwich: a triple-decker toasted turkey, tomato and lettuce sandwichClub Sandwich: a triple-decker toasted turkey, tomato and lettuce sandwich

The Earl of Sandwich

Slowly the sandwich started appearing not just in Dutch taverns, but also among aristocrats as a late-night meal. The sandwich got its name from 18th Century English nobleman John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who regularly ordered meat between two pieces of bread. The story goes that he liked this meal so much because he could eat his meat and continue to play cards without getting his hands messy with grease. Soon people started ordering “the same as Sandwich”, and the name has stuck ever since! Even though he is not the inventor of sandwiches, Sandwich is the name that has gone down in history.
By the 19th Century the sandwich had become popular all over Europe, especially in England because of the industrial revolution. People needed easy-to-make,easy-to-carry lunches that would fill them up for a long day of work at the office or doing hard labor. Every class of person enjoyed sandwiches, and there are now sandwiches of all different kinds and flavors and for every situation—from the bite sized cucumber sandwiches you might eat at tea with the queen to a good ol’ tuna sandwich you might find in your lunch bag.
Grilled cheese can always please!

Check out the “Sandwich Board”

Are you a “sandwich star”? Check out these sandwiches, and see how many you’ve tried!
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly: The name says it all!
  • Monte Cristo: Fried ham and cheese sandwich.
  • Reuben: Meat, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, this sandwich is served hot, usually with corned beef or pastrami.
  • BLT: Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato
  • Tuna Melt: A tuna sandwich with melted cheese on top.
  • Panini: An Italian style sandwich, often grilled on Italian “ciabatta” bread.
  • Club Sandwich: A triple-decker toasted bread, turkey, lettuce and tomato.
  • Sloppy Joe: An American summer camp favorite, ketchup and ground beef on a hamburger bun.
  • Cucumber Sandwich: What you might have at “High Tea”, finger sandwiches with cream cheese and, of course, cucumber!
  • Grilled Cheese: Cheese grilled between two toasty slices of bread, great for breakfast or lunch!
  • Po’ Boy: A Louisiana tradition that features New Orleans baguette-style bread and fried meat or seafood.
Classic Peanut Butter and Jelly!Classic Peanut Butter and Jelly!

Did You Know...?

  • A court in Boston, Massachusetts ruled that a sandwich has to have at least two slices of bread (no burritos or open-faced sammies)!
  • National Sandwich Month is August
  • National Sandwich Day is November 3rd!