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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sensational ideas for those with dementia and other nursing home residents(Part 2)

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Smell
Thanks to nimble noses, babies know the scent of their mothers at birth, food tastes a lot better, and the mere act of sniffing men's sweat relaxes us (and may make us more fertile). Our sense of smell also keeps us safe from everything from fire (is that smoke I smell?) to spoiled food (sour milk -- eww).
Smell also plays a key role in mood and memory. Just getting a whiff of Granny's chicken soup or a steaming cup of hot chocolate can immediately evoke an emotion or an image from our past. That's because, more than any other sense, the sense of smell is irrational.
"A smell affects us emotionally," says Alan Hirsch, M.D., neurological director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. "When we detect an odor in the air, we decide if we like it before we even identify it. You can be going about your day one moment, and the next moment, be on the verge of tears -- all because of a fragrance."
When your sense of smell is at its peak, you have about 10 million olfactory receptors, and your nose and brain can distinguish among 10,000 to 30,000 smells. But as we age, "we experience loss of sensitivity and deterioration in our receptors, which are responsible for getting messages to the brain to process smell," says Richard Doty, Ph.D., director of the Smell and Taste Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. But a little practice can improve your sense of smell.
Sniff a pick-me-up. When the clock strikes 4, and you start to wane, take a nice whiff of peppermint candy. Scents such as peppermint and cinnamon increase the brain waves in the front of your head, which helps keep you awake and alert. Lemon or eucalyptus in your morning shower gives you the same kind of fragrant wake-up call.
Be different. "By bombarding your nose with a series of different scents for a few minutes each day, you can create new receptors," Hirsch says. Why not try this with wine? Open a few varietals of vino, and breathe deeply. Try to detect the various notes, from sweet to strong. Soothe with scent. Before heading off to bed, relax with scented candles, bubbles, or aromatherapy oils. Try lavender or chamomile in the bath or shower, where the warm water and humidity will increase the volatility of a scent; both herbs inhibit the area of the brain that keeps you awake.
Stop smoking. Cigarette smoke kills off those essential olfactory receptors, whether you're the one smoking or not. Since indoor smoking was banned, there's been a resurgence in our sense of smell.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

More sensory ideas for those who are non verbal with dementia

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We want to Include a non verbal person with dementia in the conversation in some way
Here are a few ways to do it
Say," I know (non verbal person's name) likes (whatever.) I can tell by his/her smile." or
Give an expected answer and say that is what (the non verbal person) would say if he/she could talk
Then gently squeeze the non verbal peron's hand or rub his back.
You may want to give this person a sensory object to hold.
Studues have shown that doing this will ground this type of person and actually can arouse him/her if the person os lethatgic or calm his/her down if mild agitation is present
What kinds of objects can you  use?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Making Apple Butter: A Sweet Sensory Treat

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Simple Recipes

This recipe makes a sweet treat that smells so good. It is sure to wake up anybody's senses. It is easy to make and nutritious.

Here is the recipe:

Apple Butter
3 1/2 cups apple sauce,
sugar, (the formula is: sugar equal to half the amount of applesauce) Use sugar substitute for folks who are diabetic
A heaping tablespoon of cinnamon,
Half a teaspoon of cloves ( optional)
Cook it on low all day in a
crock pot!

This is especially good to make on a cold day. The aroma of it cooking is a true sensory experience.



Sunday, January 10, 2016

No bake easy Hamantaschen recipe

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Hamantaschen doesn't have to be difficult to make! Here's a way to let your residents make their own.
Ingredients: 
Soft, pliable whole wheat or white bread
Jam, soft butter, cheese spread, or peanut butter
Directions: 
Take soft, pliable slices of bread and use a large, round cookie cutter to cut out circles. Then, using a spoon or butter knife, fill the center with one or two of the above toppings. Pinch into a triangular, hamantaschen shape

The Story of Purim

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Purim is a fun holiday even if you are not Jewish. Part of the celebration is telling the story of Purim. When telling the story, every time members of your audience hear the name Haman, theu must boo and stamp their feet or make noise with the traditional Jewis noisemaker, the grager.





The Story of Purim


Once upon a time in a town called Shushan, there lived a man called Mordechai.  He was a very good man, and always tried to help people and do the right thing.  Mordechai lived with his niece Esther, and they were Jewish,


In the same town there was a king called King Ahashverosh.  He lived in a big palace and had lots of money, but he was a bit lonely. He needed a new queen to come and live with him in the palace.  He looked everywhere and eventually he decided that the one person he liked most of all was Esther, who was not only pretty but also kind and very smart.


So Esther said goodbye to her Uncle Mordechai and went to live in the palace with the King and become his queen, but she didn’t tell him she was Jewish.


Now there was a man who worked in the palace who was not very nice.  His name was Haman.  He expected everyone to do exactly what he said, and to bow down to him when they saw him, and Haman got angry if someone didn’t do exactly what he wanted.


One day Haman met Mordechai, and Mordechai did not bow down to him.  Haman became very cross and he went to the King and said, “There are some people around here who do things differently from other people, and I think you should make them go away.”


The King didn’t really know what Haman was talking about, but he said “OK, you can tell those people to go away, the ones who do things differently”.


What Haman wanted to do was to get rid of Mordechai and Esther and all their Jewish friends!


The Jewish people were very sad, because they liked living in the kingdom and they didn’t want to go away.  What could they do??  Mordechai sent a message to Esther at the palace, and the message said “Esther we need your help!  That nasty Haman wants to get rid of us all!  Please talk to the King and ask him to stop Haman.”


Queen Esther thought “I must be very brave” and she made a special dinner for the King, with all his favorite foods.  Then she invited the King and Haman to come and have dinner with her.  The King thought dinner was delicious, and he was so happy that after he finished eating, he said to Queen Esther “What can I do for you, to say thank you?”


Queen Esther said “Oh please, I need you to help me and my uncle Mordechai and all our friends, because someone wants to make us go away”.


“That is terrible!” said the King, because he really liked Esther and he didn’t want her to go away. 


“Who wants to get rid of you and your family and friends?”


Esther pointed at Haman and said “It’s him! Haman wants to get rid of us!”
“Oh no!” said the King, and he was very angry indeed.  He called his guards and said “Take away Haman and get rid of him instead!”


Then the king asked Mordechai to come and work at the palace and do Haman’s job – but of course Mordechai was much nicer than Haman! And nobody had to go and live anywhere else if they didn’t want to.


So after that, everyone lived happily in the Kingdom.  Mordechai did a really good job working for the king, and Queen Esther made delicious biscuits called Hamantaschen to remind everyone that the wickedness of Haman is no more..

Friday, January 8, 2016

Mount Rushmore Day is coming in March

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Mount Rushmore Day is celebrated in March . Here are some facts to discuss with your residents


Here are a some Mount Rushmore facts for inquiring minds
  • Borglum was 60 years old when he began working on the monument.
  • Rushmore's granite faces tower over 5,500 feet above sea level.
  • The carvings are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.
  • Each President's head is as tall as a six-story building.
  • Over 800 million pounds of stone was removed from Mount Rushmore during the construction.
  • Imagine climbing 506 steps to reach the top of Mount Rushmore-this was how many steps the workers had to climb each day!
  • The president's noses are 20 feet long, their mouths 18 feet wide, and their eyes are 11 feet across!
  • Did you know that Gutzon Borglum was a student of renowned French artist Auguste Rodin, and was one of America's most successful artists before even considering Mount Rushmore? His Mares of Diomedes was the first American work purchased by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also has 5 statues on display at the U.S. Capitol Building.
  • Here is an astonishing fact: no deaths occurred during the whole period of carving, just a few minor injuries.
  • Can you imagine that with all the dynamite used?

Learn more about Mount Rushmore with a Mount Rushmore Tour.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Elvis Presley


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Elvis' birthday is January 8

Elvis Presley was the first real rock and roll star. A white southerner who singing blues laced with country and country tinged with gospel, Presley brought together music from both sides of the color line. Presley performed this music with a natural hip swiveling sexuality that made him a teen idol and a role model for generations of cool rebels. Presley was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent and a bad influence. However the force of his music and image signaled to the mainstream culture it was time for a change


Entering the fifth grade, Presley is asked by his teacher, Oleta Grimes to enter a talent contest on children's day at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. At the age of ten, dressed in a cowboy suit, and standing on a chair to reach the microphone. Presley's rendition of Red Foley's "Old Shep" won second place, a $5 prize and a free ticket to all the rides. On his birthday the following January heelvistupelo.jpg (3998 bytes) received a guitar purchased from Tupelo Hardware Store. Over the next year, Vernon's brother Johnny Smith and Assembly of Good pastor Frank Smith. gave him basic guitar lessons
In 1948 after losing another job Vernon moved the family to Memphis. Glady's brothers get him a job at the Precision Tool Company and the Presleys moved into a small apartment at 370 Washington Street for $11 a week. On September 13 Elvis enrolls at L.C. Humes High School. 

Toward the end of his life he would babble incoherently on stage and rip his pants, having grown quite obese, and at least once collapsed on stage. Despite deteriorating health, Presley maintained a frantic tour schedule, because in 1973 Colonel Parker negotiated a deal with RCA to the rights of many of his masters in exchange for a lump sum payment of which only 2.8 million came to him. After 1973, Parker was earning nearly 50% commission. Worse yet Presley wasn't earning royalties on records recorded before 1973, although they continued to sell millions. Presley opposed tax shelters on principle; naively relied on his father for business advice; gave away expensive gifts and cash. The result was by the mid-Seventies was an impending financial disaster.

June 26, 1977 Presley performed live for the last time in Indianapolis. On August 16, 1977, the day before his next scheduled concert, Presley was discovered by his girlfriend Ginger Alden dead in his bathroom at Graceland. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure. A later autopsy revealed advanced hardening of the arteries and an enlarged liver. Later it was determined that drug abuse may have been a contributing factor. in September 1979 Presley's private doctor Dr. George Nichopoulos was charged by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners with indiscriminately prescribing 5,300 and vials in the seven months before his death. He was later acquitted

More than thirty years after his death, Elvis Presley remains indelibly etched in to the American psyche. As the Elvis of myth – an embodiment of the American Dream in the flesh- has become synonymous with Elvis the man, the subject of countless books, articles and songs, it has become increasingly hard to discern who Elvis really was

Monday, January 4, 2016

Programming Ideas: National Activity Professionals Week

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Courtesy of National Association of Activity Professionals

   
Educate and show everyone in your homes how your activity department
provides Oceans of possibilities for your Elders.


Programming Ideas:
Activities: “Oceans of Possibilities”
Educate and show everyone in your homes how your activity department
provides Oceans of possibilities for your Elders.
The possibilities of keeping traditions.
_ Talk with the Elders about family traditions and your facility
traditions
The possibility to win.
_ Have a special Bingo using pictures or words relating to
activities.
The possibility of making friends.
_ Have a tea,
_ create a “Getting to know you Bingo” (see example)
_ have a staff / Elder scavenger hunt (using activity items as the
items to find)
_ Starting a Post Card Pen Pal Program to write to Nursing Home
Elders in other cities.
The possibility to socialize and try new things.
_ host a special dinner party serving different kinds of food
_ Host a happy hour with different types of drinks
The possibility to serve others.
_ make Sandwiches for a local shelter
_ have a food drive (this time of year is usually a lean time for food
banks so they will appreciate even more)
The possibility to explore past interest and be creative.
_ Crafts
_ Creative Writing
The possibility to stay in touch with the community.
_ Plan out trips
The possibility to LET GO.
_ Be a kid again for just an hour or so ( see attached).
_ show off your talent & lack of at Karaoke.
The possibility to learn something new.
_ Learn how to write and say your name in another language
o Chinese http://www.chinesetools.eu/names/
o Hawaiian http://hawaiiannames.hisurf.com/
Just google “my name in (what ever language) then print
it and make it a special sign for them to keep.
_ Show them the world wide web.
“Oceans”
The Tropics
_ enjoy some Kona Coffee, Hawaii’s “Gold”
_ Use the web to learn elders’ names in Hawaiian and a few
Hawaiian phrases.
_ Learn the meaning of the different Hula Dances by the way they
use their hands
http://library.thinkquest.org/J0110077/dance.htm
_ Dinner Party. adventure into Hawaiian Dishes
_ Try your hand at Pineapple bowling with a Coconut bowling ball
_ Have a Parrot Head Day. Play Jimmy Buffett, have “Changes in
Attitude” discussion group, Cheeseburgers in Paradise for lunch
and Margaritaville for Happy Hour
_
_ Take photos and make your own Hawaiian Post Card
c
http://www.hawaiiandays.com/HDC/categories/cat_postcards.htm
has vintage postcards, and may grant permission (they did for me)
for you to copy and use their photos for backgrounds. Then cut and
paste resident photos on the computer (looks best) or by hand to
make the postcards
_ Have a luau with BBQ, have staff dress tropical.
_ Use fruit of the Islands, and make individual Pineapple
Shortcakes: twinkies, vanilla pudding, pineapple and whipped
cream
_ Don’t forget the Drinks of the Islands happy hour !!



Saturday, January 2, 2016

Activity professionals week: The importance of activities

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NAAP


Why do we do the activities that we do? Is it just for fun? No, everything we do has a therapeutic purpose.
Did you know???? Games like horseshoes, floor basketball, ring toss, bowling, bean bag toss, etc. improve
eye-hand coordination, improve mobility, increase socialization, allow for competition, help control emotional
tensions by reducing stress, improve muscle tone, improve circulation, enhance leisure skills, improve gross
motor skills, etc.
Did you know???? Something as simple as a singalong or musical activity enhances memory recall, encourages
socialization, helps identify feelings such as warmth, happy, sad, relieves spiritual needs, relieves depression,
allows for expression and creativity, stimulates ears, vocal cords and facial muscles, etc.Did you know???? Crafts and art activities provide opportunities for self-expression and creativity, improve
coordination and flexibility, build confidence, enhance leisure skills, promote knowledge for new interests,
provide a sense of achievement, relieve tensions, improve fine motor skills, etc.
Did you know???? Activities such as trivia, spelling bees, reminiscent groups, Jeopardy, Family Feud,
hangman, etc. stimulates the intellect, improves memory recall, increases long term memory, invokes feelings
from the past, stimulates conversation, increases socialization, increases knowledge, improves self-esteem,
etc.
Did you know???? Entertainment activities provide auditory and visual sensory stimulation, help relieve
depression, promote socialization, help control emotional tensions, etc.
Did you know???? Bingo encourages socialization and interaction, increases concentration levels, increases
eye-hand coordination, allows for competition, etc.
Did you know???? Religious programs relieve spiritual needs, invoke feelings from the past, promote
community integration, elevate emotional well-being, reduce anxiety, provide for socialization, provide
opportunities for reminiscence, etc.
Therapeutic activities…the benefits are endless:
Heightens self-awareness, sharpens cognitive skills, reduces heart and lung risks, increases short and long
term memory, decreases confusion, improves skills for coping, reduces stress, enhances self-control,
promotes adjustment to disability, enhances communication skills, increases life and leisure satisfaction,
prevents secondary health problems, prevents decline in health status, reduces long term hospital stays,
increases physical conditioning, expands support networks, learns acceptable behaviors, enhances
independent living skills, increases self-reliance, improves cardiovascular functioning, maintains productivity,
increases strength and endurance, expands range of motion, enhances decision making skills, and the list goes
on!
National Activity Professionals Week is January 18-24, 2015

department's job to plan celebrations, but in this case the activity professionals are the honorees, and
someone else should plan the celebration.
NAP Week was created by the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) to provide a format
for facilities to honor and recognize the dedicated activity professionals who contribute significantly to the
residents’ quality of life. As activity professionals, we should use this week to provide education to the
interdisciplinary team, volunteers, and families about the role we play in the residents’ lives. This can be
done through in-services, speaking to the Family Council, designing fun activities for the interdisciplinary
team to participate in, hosting an activity-based "fair" similar to a health fair, etc.
One way to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team is to take this opportunity to have the
activity professionals distribute Hershey's "hugs and kisses" to everyone assisting with the activity
program and/or helping the residents pursue their leisure interests. Have your staff keep track of everyone
receiving the "hugs and kisses" and then make certificates for each helper, acknowledging them as an
"official member" of the activity team. Distribute the certificates at the end of the week during a special
social honoring the activity professionals.
Be sure to make this week special for yourself and your staff. You deserve it!January is:
Celebration of Life Month: With the New Year comes a "clean slate" – a new beginning, a new life for all

Press Release: National Activity Professionals Week


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It is not too late. Remember to send the newspaper a press release about National Activity Professionals Week. This idea is courtesy of Re-Creative Resources


SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE The following is a sample press release related to recreation programs in long-term care. Note: Before writing a press release or any other public relations activity, refer to your facility administrator, marketing director, etc. to ensure you are following guidelines. CONTACT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Person Date Company Name Telephone Number FAX Number Email Address Website URL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES: A FUN-DAMENTAL COMPONENT IN LONG-TERM CARE "Activities are the heartbeat of the facility," a resident in a long-term care facility once said. The importance of activity in long-term care is just one reason why
At
The team of professionals at
disciplinary approach to quality of life. As an example, the Food and Nutrition Department hosts a monthly cooking class, in which residents share in the preparation of their favorite recipes. Similarly, the Rehabilitation Department works in conjunction with the Recreation Department to increase residents’ physical functioning. Even the Nursing Department can be found reading the newspaper or singing in the dayroom. In addition, there are numerous community groups and volunteers that enhance the quality of life of the residents.
The long-term care industry has changed dramatically over the years. Now, quality of life is as equally important as quality of care. Recreational activities have become a heightened focus of regulatory agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are a FUN-damental component of today’s long-term care facilities.
name of facility offers a variety of recreational activities that stimulate minds, promote physical fitness, increase social interaction, teach new skills and, overall, improve the quality of life for all residents. name of facility, residents are engaged in person-centered, meaningful activities, specially adapted to meet the needs and interests of each resident. For example, the wide range of therapeutic recreational activities at name of facility include pet therapy, music therapy, intergenerational programs, community outings, exercise and creative-expressive programs, cognitively challenging games, cultural programs, clubs and special events, programs for the cognitively impaired, etc. are just some of the activities offered. Programs are offered daily and provided in small, medium and large-sized groups, as well as on a one to one basis. name of facility believes in creating an environment that is fulfilling, holistic and nurturing for the residents. For that reason, name of facility has an inter-Name of facility is one of 10 skilled nursing facilities in the xyz Corporation that provides both short and long-term care and rehabilitation services. For more information on name of facility, please call (555) 123-456-7890 or visit us on the web at www.nameoffacility.com.