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Monday, October 26, 2015

Years of Birth and Chinese Zodiac

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Years Corresponding to Chinese Zodiac Sign

Rat19001912192419361948196019721984199620082020
Ox19011913192519371949196119731985199720092021
Tiger19021914192619381950196219741986199820102022
Rabbit19031915192719391951196319751987199920112023
Dragon19041916192819401952196419761988200020122024
Snake19051917192919411953196519771989200120132025
Horse19061918193019421954196619781990200220142026
Sheep19071919193119431955196719791991200320152027
Monkey19081920193219441956196819801992200420162028
Rooster19091921193319451957196919811993200520172029
Dog19101922193419461958197019821994200620182030
Boar19111923193519471959197119831995200720192031
Below are the Chinese Zodiac signs, and the characteristics that correspond to each one.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Meanings

Chinese Zodiac Rat
Rat:
Element: Water
Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey
Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable. 


Chinese Zodiac Ox
Ox:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Snake and Rooster
Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined
Bull Symbolic Meaning here. 


Chinese Zodiac Tiger
Tiger:
Element: Wood
Partners well with: 
Horse and Dog
Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic
Click here for more Chinese symbolic meanings for Tiger. 


Chinese Zodiac Rabbit
Rabbit:
Element: Wood
Partners well with: Sheep and Boar
Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers. More on Rabbit meanings here. 


Chinese Zodiac Dragon
Dragon:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Rat and Monkey
Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic
More on Chinese Dragon Symbolism here. 


Chinese Zodiac SnakeSnake:
Element: Fire
Partners well with: Rooster and Ox
Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive
Symbolism of Snake here. 


Chinese Zodiac Symbol Horse
Horse:
Element: Fire
Partners well with: Dog and Tiger
Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong 
(see also Horse symbolic meanings. 


Chinese Zodiac Symbol Sheep
Sheep:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit
Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm 


Chinese Zodiac Monkey Symbol
Monkey:
Element: Metal
Partners well with: Dragon and Rat
Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart. More on Monkey symbolism here. 


Chinese Zodiac Rooster
Rooster:
Element: Metal
Partners well with: Snake and Ox
Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident. For more information onRooster Symbol meanings, click here. 


Chinese Zodiac Dog
Dog:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Tiger and Horse
Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart 


Chinese Zodiac Boar
Boar:
Element: Water
Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit
Characteristics: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Do your part to help cure Alzheimer's

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Dear Reader:


Congress has proposed the first significant increase in funding for Alzheimer research in five years. The increase would push funding to approximately $662 million and keep pace with medical research inflation.


Unfortunately, Congress may not bring the bill with the proposed increase for Alzheimer research funding to a vote before adjourning for the election in November.


Your lawmakers are home in August and are listening to their constituents. Demand that they vote for the proposed funding increase for Alzheimer research when they return to Washington DC in September!


Take Action:


Email your Senators and Representative. Demand a vote on the Labor/Health & Human Services/ Education Appropriations bill (S 32

Remember to personalize the email by adding a few words on why Alzheimer research matters to yo

THANK YOU

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Think about National Bible Week now

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National Bible.org





Communities are strengthened and lives are renewed by the reading of the Bible. The celebration of National Bible Week is an annual opportunity to encourage everyone in your community to begin, or to begin again, to read the Bible.


Started in 1941, National Bible Week is celebrated from Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Many national events highlight the importance of this week – such as the issuing of a Presidential message, the entering of statementsinto the Congressional Record, and our annual dinner in New York City.


But the real celebration of National Bible Week happens when real people begin to read the Bible.


Local activities focus the attention of the community on the Bible’s spiritual, moral, and cultural values, and inspire people to engage the world’s greatest book.


You can help encourage Bible reading in your community!Here are some activities and events that will encourage everyone to read the Bible for themselves. Get involved in as many of these activities and events as possible.We encourage you to assemble a broad-based group representing all faith traditions using the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Adapt the suggestions below for your community. Share with us what you do and we’ll feature iton our website. Email us at rbeni@nationalbible.org orwrite us at National Bible Association, 405 LexingtonAvenue, New York, NY 10174. 212-907-6427.(continued)


Request your public librarian to create a display of available books about the Bible (commentaries, Bible atlases,study helps) or literature inspired by biblical themes.


Encourage civic clubs such as Rotary, Lions, etc. todevote a meeting during National Bible Week to a speakerwho will develop a Bible-related theme such as the varietyof English translations, or the use of biblical principles inbusiness, etc.


Arrange for a community theater group or college drama club to perform a biblical play, or arrange for a freepublic showing of a film with a biblical theme.


Ask a community choral group or organize a mass choirfrom several houses of worship to present a public concert inwhich all selections are musical settings of biblical texts


Conduct a Bible reading marathon – a cover to cover,non-stop reading of the entire Bible – in a public place such asthe courthouse steps or in a shopping mall. The event takesapproximately 90 hours.


Create a ‘community Bible’ by asking individuals tohand-write the verses. In a larger community, youth groups ofvarious houses of worship could each take responsibility fora book of the Bible. In a smaller community, portions of theBible could be handwritten each year during November untilthe Bible is completed. The finished product might be presentedand permanently displayed in the public library.


Enlist volunteers to regularly read the Bible to theelderly who live alone or in retirement or nursing homes.


Organize a drive to collect used Bibles to be sent topeople who cannot afford to purchase a Bible of their own. Contact your state or regional Bible society or the BibleFoundation for additional information on where and how toship the used Bibles you collect.


Secure permission to use display cases at local shopsor churches to create a public display of unique Bibles ownedby community residents – antiques, large, small, differentlanguages, diglots (two languages in one edition), one carriedthrough a war.


Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaperexplaining how the Bible has impacted American culture andwhy it is important to celebrate National Bible Week.


Provide copies of National Bible Week public serviceradio announcements to each radio station in your community.Enlist a local business person to hand deliver the spots to thestation managers. Contact us at rbeni@nationalbible.org toobtain the spots.


Send press releases to all local media including informa-tion about each of the local activities you have planned. Be sureto provide the name of a contact person.

A sample press releaseis included in the National Bible Week Resource Packet.405 Lexington Avenue • 26th Floor • New York, NY 10174 • Phone: (212) 907-6427 • Fax: (212) 898-1147 • www.nationalbible.org • rbeni@nationalbible.org©1997-2007 National Bible Association.

All rights reserved.National Bible association NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK™Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week each year.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Famous people born in November activity

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Creating Together Journal

Do you know when these people were born in November?

Names
Susan Berg
Daniel Boone 
Burt Lancaster 
Roy Rogers 
Billy Graham 
Sally Field 
Katherine Hepburn 
Martin Luther 
Grace Kelly 

Dates
November 9, 1909
November 2, 1734
November 5, 1911
November 10, 1483
November 12, 1929
November 26, 1949
November 6, 1946
November 2, 1913
November 7, 1919



Answers: Daniel Boone: November 2, 1734, Burt Lancaster: November 2, 1913,  Roy Rogers: November 5, 1911, 
Billy Graham:  November 7, 1919,  Sally Field: November 6, 1946, Katherine Hepburn: November 9, 1909,  
9 Martin Luther: November 10, 1483, Grace Kelly: November 12, 1929, Susan Berg, November 26 1949.

When you do this activity, give hints such as higher or lower. Make it exciting!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chinese Fortunes


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Chinese Zodiac uses 12 animal signs to predict people's fortune. The twelve animals are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. The 12 Chinese zodiac signs are determined by people's birth year. Most of Internet Chinese horoscope sites use Chinese New Year Day to determine the Chinese zodiac sign, which is wrong.
The first day of the Chinese astrological year is the first day of the Rabbit Month (Start of Spring). The Tiger Month begins around February 4, each year. If you were born before February 7, then you should check Your Chinese Zodiac Sign first before reading your Chinese zodiac 2016. The simplest way to prove Chinese zodiac signs not determined by Chinese New Year days is to see your Chinese Astrology Birth Chart using your birthday and birth time.

Besides using astrology animal signs basic fighting and attraction relationships, Chinese zodiac also uses Chinese astrology constellations, which are the way ancient Chinese grouped the stars in the sky, to predict the coming fortune. More than 100 stars are using in the Chinese zodiac. The common use ones are about 60. Each star has a different characteristics. Basically, they can be divided into Lucky Stars and Unlucky Stars, which are the major factors to predict people good or bad luck in the coming year.

Personalities
Chinese zodiac signs represent twelve different types of personalities. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat, and there are many stories about the origins of the Chinese Zodiac which explain why this is so (see below). The following are the twelve zodiac signs in order and their characteristics.[1]

Rat (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water): Forthright, tenacious, systematic, meticulous, charismatic, sensitive, hardworking, industrious, charming, eloquent, sociable, artistic, shrewd. Can be manipulative, vindictive, mendacious, venal, selfish, obstinate,critical, over-ambitious, ruthless, intolerant, scheming.

Ox (Water buffalo in Vietnam) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water): Dependable, calm, methodical, born leader, patient, hardworking, ambitious, conventional, steady, modest, logical, resolute, tenacious. Can be stubborn, narrow-minded, materialistic, rigid, demanding.

Tiger (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Unpredictable, rebellious, colorful, powerful, passionate, daring, impulsive, vigorous, stimulating, sincere, affectionate, humanitarian, generous. Can be restless, reckless, impatient, quick-tempered, obstinate, selfish, aggressive, unpredictable.

Rabbit (Cat in Vietnam) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Luckiest of all, Gracious, good friend, kind, sensitive, soft-spoken, amiable, elegant, reserved, cautious, artistic, thorough, tender, self-assured, shy, astute, compassionate, flexible. Can be moody, detached, superficial, self-indulgent, opportunistic, stubborn.

Dragon (Snail in Kazakhstan) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood): Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, zealous, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, ambitious, artistic, generous, loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, brash.

Snake (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Deep thinker, wise, mystic, graceful, soft-spoken, sensual, creative, prudent, shrewd, ambitious, elegant, cautious, responsible, calm, strong, constant, purposeful. Can be loner, bad communicator, possessive, hedonistic, self-doubting, distrustful, mendacious, suffocating, cold.

Horse (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Cheerful, popular, quick-witted, changeable, earthy, perceptive, talkative, agile - mentally and physically, magnetic, intelligent, astute, flexible, open-minded. Can be fickle, arrogant, childish, anxious, rude, gullible, stubborn.

Ram (Goat in Vietnam) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire): Righteous, sincere, sympathetic, mild-mannered, shy, artistic, creative, gentle, compassionate, understanding, mothering, determined, peaceful, generous, seeks security. Can be moody, indecisive, over-passive, worrier, pessimistic, over-sensitive, complainer, weak-willed.

Monkey (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Inventor, motivator, improviser, quick-witted, inquisitive, flexible, innovative, problem solver, self-assured, sociable, artistic, polite, dignified, competitive, objective, factual, intellectual. Can be egotistical, vain, selfish, reckless, snobbish, deceptive, manipulative, cunning, jealous, suspicious.

Rooster (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Acute, neat, meticulous, organized, self-assured, decisive, conservative, critical, perfectionist, alert, zealous, practical, scientific, responsible. Can be over zealous and critical, puritanical, egotistical, abrasive, opinionated, given to empty bravado.

Dog (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal): Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome.

Pig (Wild boar in Japan and Elephant in Northern Thailand) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water): Honest, gallant, sturdy, sociable, peace-loving, patient, loyal, hard-working, trusting, sincere, calm, understanding, thoughtful, scrupulous, passionate, intelligent. Can be naïve, over-reliant, self-indulgent, gullible, fatalistic, materialistic.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Apple Jokes

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Laughter is the best medicine for all kinds of diseases including dementia

Here are some apple joles to go along with the article in the October issue of Activity Director Today.

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What did the apple say to the apple pie?
"You've got some crust."

What is worse than finding a worm in your apple
Half of a worm

why did the apple lose its memory?
It had a bad case of worms

Did Adam and Eve ever have a date?
No, they had an apple.

What kind of apple has a short temper?
A crab apple

A guy walks by an apple tree and the apple says "how yha doing" and the man screams "oh my God a talking apple!!"

How are an apple and a lawyer alike?
They both look good hanging from a tree.

It goes through an apple,
It points out the way,
It fits in a bow,
Then a target, to stay.
Do you know what it is?
An arrow

What did the apple tree say to the farmer?
Why don't you quit picking on me!

Why did the jelly roll?
Because it saw the apple turnover

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

National Cocoa Day is coming

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Punchbowl


It’s National Cocoa Day! Nothing warms you up better on a cold winter day than a nice cup of hot cocoa! Cocoa (the dried, fully fermented seeds of the cacao tree) is the basis for cocoa powder, which is used to make the hot cocoa beverage we all know and love. Did you know that monkeys were the first creatures to discover that the cacao plant was edible and quite tasty? Over 1500 years ago, monkeys began to consume the pulp of the plant and spit out the beans. Humans soon began to follow the monkey's example and the rest is history.

Cacao trees are grown all over the world, but it is believed that the first cacao trees grew in South America. Cocoa is similar to wine in that its flavor differs depending on the location where it is grown. It's a good thing that cacao trees are plentiful because approximately 300 to 600 cocoa beans are needed to make just two pounds of chocolate!

To celebrate National Cocoa Day, make your favorite type of cocoa to enjoy. For a holiday twist on a traditional cup of cocoa, try adding a candy cane!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Alzheimer's cooking activity with cocoa

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Making a sweet treat with cocoa We are going to talk about making cocoa. However, this is not ordinary cocoa.This is healthy cocoa
Here are the ingredients
2 heaping teaspoons per 5 ounce cup(standard Styrofoam coffee cup)
a little more or less depending on how much the participant likes chocolate.
1 packet of sugar or sugar substitute
5 ounces or less ,hot water*actually, you can use cool water if you prefer
Optional milk substituted for all or some of the hot water.Were you wondering about this 
By adding just a few teaspoons of water or milk, you can make a chocolate sauce.
You can spread the chocolate sauce on a graham cracker for a yummy treat

Directions
Give each participant a Styrofoam or other coffee cup with 2 heaping teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa in it.
Leave the spoon in the cup if this is appropriate
Give each participant a packet of sweetener depending on his/her dietary restrictions.
Have the group members open the sweetener packet and pour the contents into the cup. As always, give help as needed
Here is the next step to making a healthy brain boosting treat for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias .

Have each person mix the cocoa and the sweetener with the spoon. Assist those needing help

If you are concerned that someone might get hurt pouring hot water near the group members collect the labeled cups, pour the water into the cups. Allow them to cool and distribute them.

There are many variations
Add a few teaspoons of room temperature water or milk to each cup with mixed cocoa and sweetener.

Have the group member mix the ingredients together.
Of course, this is a good activity for all long term care residents because it is simple, healthy, and easily adaptable to a wide variety of people.

You must mix this well for the cocoa to dissolve. Scoop the mixed chocolate sauce onto a graham cracker, piece of plain cake, plain yogurt  or ice cream.

If someone needs to have thickened liquids,make the cocoa with 5 ounces of water and add thickener to the mixture to get the right consistency.

What I like about this activity is that you can make a cocoa treat for just about anyone unless he/she does not like chocolate. This is also a great activity because unsweetened cocoa is extremely high in antioxidants. As you know, foods and beverages rich in antioxidants combat oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a key componant to Alzheimer's disease because it can increase the amount of plaque in an Alzheimer's brain. There is much more information to follow

Please join us in a discussion.

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.