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Thursday, September 29, 2016

November special days to celebrate

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Holiday Insights

  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • International Drum Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Real Jewelry Month
  • National Sleep Comfort Month
Week Celebrations:
  • Week 1 Chemistry Week
  • Week 3 Game and Puzzle Week
Men Make Dinner Day - first Thursday of Month
Book Lovers Day - first Saturday of the month
U.S. General Election Day - first Tuesday of the month after first Monday of month
Young Readers Day second Tuesday of month
Chaos Never Dies Day - you've got that right
17 Electronic Greeting Card Day - now who do you think created this day!?
17 Great American Smokeout  - third Thursday in November
19 National Adoption Day - Saturday before Thanksgiving
24 Thanksgiving - Eat, drink, and be thankful.
25 Black Friday - Friday after Thanksgiving
25 Buy Nothing Day - always the day after Thanksgiving...does anyone abide by it!?!
25 You're Welcome Day - the day after Thanksgiving
27 Advent begins

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

More activity ideas for fall

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Exercise Programs: November Stretch, Fall Fanbourines, Pumpkin Pass, Autumn Moves, Fall Fitness, Up And At ‘Em, Rhythm Band, Pilgrim’s Parachute, Thanksgiving Stretch, Work Off The Turkey, Swaying Scarves, Let’s Get Moving: Put on some soothing music and lead your residents in very slow, gentle movements such as stretching out arms, hands, moving their heads slowly side to side etc. Demonstrate the movements for them and or help them by lifting their arms etc. You can add props to your exercise programs to make it more stimulating and promote additional movement. Try scarves, batons, streamers etc. courtesy of activitytherapy.com

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Top October cooking activity ideas

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Here are two cooking ideas using apples that can be easily modified to accommodate a variety of diets

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 fall day. The aroma of it cooking is a true sensory experience.

The Frosty Apple
Ingredients
1 pint vanilla ice cream(Use no sugar added ice cream for folks with diabetes)
1 quart naturally sweet apple cider (Use Healthy Balance Apple Drink or another low sugar apple beverage for folks with diabetes)
4-6 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
Freshly ground nutmeg

Let a pint of vanilla ice cream soften at room temperature or microwave it for 20 seconds. Put ice cream and cider into a blender or food processor and blend until frothy and well mixed.
Stir in nutmeg. Pour into tall glasses and top with a scoop of ice cream(optional). Remember to add the appropriate amount of thickening agent for those on nectar or honey thick liquids
Sprinkle nutmeg on top. Yield 6 one-cup servings.

Making apple smiles is an edible craft

Ingredients
Apples cut into eighths- wedge style
I put lemon juice on them so they do not turn brown
Peanut butter -use another sticky substance for those allergic to nuts
Mini marshmallows or small pieces of apples

Smear peanut butter or substitute on the apple wedge
Put marshmallows or substitute near the top.

When they are complete the finished product looks like a smile.

For those on ground diets, peel the apples, cut the apples and bake them so they are soft before use.

For those who are on a sugar restricted diet

For those on puree diets, put some yogurt or vanilla pudding on a dish of applesauce shaped like a smile.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Top Early Fall Activity Brain Boosters for Those with Dementia

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Keep the Mind of People with Alzheimer's, Related Dementias, Long Term Care Residents, and Others, Active

There are many types of activities that can be done in the fall with those who have dementia. Many of the activities can be done with other long term care residents as well. Remember any activity that makes people think will go along way in slowing the decline of dementia. In addition sparking conversation as these suggested topics do, also helps to keep a dementia person's mind active.

In part one, suggested activities are related to school, trees, harvests, and apples. All of these subjects are things that are associated with early fall

School begins in the fall.
There are all sorts of activities related to going to school. The song School Days is a nice way to begin an activity based on going to school. You can also
Talk about favorite school subjects
Have a spelling bee. (You would be surprised how many folks with dementia can still spell)
Talk about lunch at school (many went home for lunch) You can still talk about a good lunch to eat while going to school.
You could make a bag lunch and have group participants guess what food is in the bag. You could have them taste the food and guess what it is

Next you can talk about trees.
See how many types of trees they can name. Make sure you give everyone who is present a turn. Give hints as needed.
Bring in leaves from various trees and see if they know what tree they are from.
You and they could make a wreath out of leaves using a paper plate rim as the backing. You can add a bow to make it look festive.
You can talk about why trees leaves turn colors in the fall.
You can ask group participants, what their favorite color is.
You could have a side discussion all about colors.
You can talk about the weather in the fall.
You can discuss Indian Summer.
You can sing songs about fall such as: Shine On Harvest Moon

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Jewish holidays and other fall activities

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More Ways to Keep the Mind of People with Alzheimer's Disease, Related Dementias, Long Term Care Residents, and Others, Active This Fall

As with the early fall activities and discussion topics, the ones for mid fall also stimulate the mind of those with Alzheimer's disease, related dementias and other long term care residents. Keeping these people engaged in activities and conversation help to slow their loss of function. Having them keep a positive attitude also is a must

Mid fall activity topics include more about apples, but this time in combination with honey. Also on the list are the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. In addition to this, classical music and the piano are timely topics because September is national piano month and national classical music month.

The first activity idea incorporates apples, honey and the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. Rosh Hashana(the Jewish New Year) is most often in September, but it depends on the Jewish calendar which has goes by the moon. Simply put, Rosh Hashana is a solemn holiday. It is a time for reflection, a time when you examine your life and make amends for all the wrongs that you may have been part of during the past year. Yom Kippur is the "day of atonement" when you ask forgiveness for all your sins of the past year. There are some traditions of these holidays that everyone can enjoy

This year Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on October 2 ends at sunset on October 4. Yom Kippur starts on the evening of Tuesday, October 11 and ends at sunset on October 12.

All Jewish holidays start and end in the evening.

A tradition on Rosh Hashana is to dip apples into honey. If you do this, it is said that you will have a sweet new year. This activity is relatively easy to do. You can have a discussion about the Jewish holidays. If you have any Jewish residents, make sure to involve him/her in the planning process. They may even reveal some more easy to do traditions to you.

Also call on them often during the discussion even if they are lower functioning. You might say something like, "Bella told me she used to(a tradition she told you about or you read about) on Rosh Hashana" Bella is the low functioning resident. It will make Bella feel good.

Then you can talk about honey.

Friday, September 16, 2016

activity for those with dementia

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This link http://www.tryvindale.com/Vi6UaNPn may be the gateway to an activity your loved one with mild to moderate dementia may enjoy doing.

There are no right or wrong answers, just opinions

Try it out and let me know how it goes.

By the way, it is FREE

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Celebrate Basketball Day

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Celebrate Basketball Day with these facts about basketball history

World Almanac for Kids

Basketball was invented in December 1891 by the Canadian clergyman, educator, and, later, physician James Naismith, then an instructor at the Young Men's Christian Association Training School (now Springfield College) in Springfield, Mass. Naismith formulated the game on the request of his superior, Dr. Luther H. Gulick (1865-1918), that he organize a vigorous recreation suitable for indoor winter play. The game took over elements of football, soccer, and hockey, and the first ball used was a soccer ball. Teams had nine players, and the goals were wooden peach baskets affixed to the walls. By 1897-98, teams of five became standard. The game rapidly spread nationwide and to Canada and other parts of the world, played by both women and men; it also became a popular informal outdoor game. U.S. servicemen in World War II popularized the sport in many other countries.

Many U.S. colleges adopted the game between about 1893 and 1895. In 1934 college games were staged in New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time, and college basketball began to attract much interest. By the 1950s it had become a major college sport, thus paving the way for a growth of interest in professional basketball.

The first pro basketball league, the National League, was formed in 1898 to protect players from exploitation and to promote a less rough game. One of the first and greatest pro teams was the Original Celtics, organized about 1915 in New York City. They played as many as 150 games a season and dominated basketball in the 1920s. The Harlem Globetrotters, founded in 1927, a notable exhibition team, specializes in amusing court antics and expert ballhandling.

In 1959 the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was founded in Springfield, Mass. Its rosters include the names of great players, coaches, referees, and others who have contributed significantly to the development of the game. See Basketball Hall of Fame, Naismith Memorial.

By the 1960s pro teams from coast to coast played before crowds of millions annually. Since the 1980s the NBA has become one of the most popular sports organizations in the world, due in part to the marketability of a number of high-profile star players.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

November 1 is author's day

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Thumbelina “, “The Ugly Duckling “, “The Little Mermaid “, “The Emperor’s New Clothes “, and “The Princess and the Pea all by Hans Christian Anderson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

The Last of the Mohicans and The Deerslayer.by James Fenimore Cooper

A Christmas Carol , Oliver Twist , Nicholas Nickleby, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield and Great Expectations all by Charles Dickens<샄Ы> </샄ы>

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Scarlet Letter or The House of the Seven Gables . By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Raven, Murders In The Rue Morgue, The Mask Of Red Death, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Black Cat, The Pit And The Pendulum and The Tell-Tale Heart. By Edgar Allan Poe

Hamlet , Macbeth , Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court , and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. by Mark Twain

Journey to the Centre of the Earth , From the Earth to the Moon , 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea , The Mysterious Island and Around the World in Eighty Days. By Jules Verne

The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The War of the Worlds. by H.G. Wells

The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest. By Oscar Wilde

Old Man and the Sea, For Whom the Bell Tolls,
by Ernest Hemingway
 





Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fall activities and dementia

There are many types of activities that can be done in the fall with those who have dementia. Many of the activities can be done with other long term care residents as well

Activity Director Today displays activities for September, October and November, all of which are done in the fall

For example:
school begins in the fall
There are all sorts of activities related to going to school
The song School Days is a nice way to begin an activity based on going to school

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Fall activities and dementia

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There are many types of activities that can be done in the fall with those who have dementia. Many of the activities can be done with other long term care residents as well

Activity Director Today displays activities for September, October and November, all of which are done in the fall

For example:
school begins in the fall
There are all sorts of activities related to going to school
The song School Days is a nice way to begin an activity based on going to school

Check back for more


Monday, September 5, 2016

Thank you to all involved in dementia care

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It is estimated that there are over 55 million caregivers, of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, worldwide. Learn what a hard job they have and why they deserve everyone's praise

According to the United States government Labor Day, celebrates the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of America. Alzheimer's and other dementia caregivers certainly meet these criteria.

The first reason to honor these caregivers is for the financial burden they incur when caring for a person with dementia. First the family has consulted an Elder law attorney to get all the finances in order. Most likely the caregiver had to cut back on the hours of paid employment. Despite using all the resources out there, all expenses for the care of a dementia person will not be covered. That means go without, or pay for necessary items out of pocket.

The second reason to pay tribute to ones caring for someone with dementia is their resourcefulness. Caregivers are good at coming up with unique strategies for managing and paying for the supervision of their loved one. They may get help from attending a support group in person or online. However, they are the ones ultimately responsible for a workable plan of care.

Third is recognizing that many perform physically demanding aspects of a dementia persons' care. Many do the bathing, feeding and toileting of their family member with dementia. These tasks are difficult because many with dementia are confused and combative.

Next, these caregivers should be honored for all the time they devote to all aspects of a dementia persons' life. As just mentioned, most caregivers are responsible for the physical aspects of care. But they also must engage their loved one in meaningful activities throughout the day and sometimes well into the night. Fortunately many take advantage of adult day care to ease the burden. Unfortunately some dementia folks refuse to participate in or have behaviors that preclude them from attending these worthwhile programs.

The fifth reason for honoring those caring for a dementia person is all the time they devote to this job. The caregiver is most likely responsible for everything from cleaning to cooking to shopping to yard work. The list seems endless. These tasks are even more difficult because while the caregiver is doing them, he must also keep the dementia person safe.

It has also been reported recently that caregivers take longer to fall asleep despite being exhausted and that caregivers of dementia spouses enjoy life less Not to mention one-quarter of spouses of those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are depressed
Also according to a report published by the National Alzheimer's Association, ten million caregivers provided....read all about honoring caregivers on Labor Day

Also check out an excellent resource for caregivers, Adorable Photographs of Our Baby, a book by Susan Berg


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day activities and dementia


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The observance of Labor Day began over 100 years ago. Conceived by America's labor unions as a testament to their cause, the legislation sanctioning the holiday was shepherded through Congress amid labor unrest and signed by President Grover Cleveland as a reluctant election-year compromise.

Now Labor Day signals the end of summer

People do all sorts of things to celebrate the day.

What can you do with folks who have dementia?

Many of these ideas will work with many in a long term care setting

Read poems about labor or working

Talk about former jobs of people involved in the discussion. Then open up the discussion to all the jobs you and they can think of

Discuss tools of the trade
Have pictures of tools or bring in some. Just be careful that they do not get into the wrong hands. You never want anyone to get hurt.

Talk about Labor Day activities
Such as: parades, BBQs, picnics, and parades

Plan a Labor Day picnic

Chat about favorite recipes of foods to bring to a picnic

Create a simple recipe together

Cook something easy and yummy

Have a Labor Day picnic or BBQ

Here are some more discussion topics
• Why is it necessary for people to work?

• What do you think life would be like if no one ever had to work?

• Is work good? Why or why not?

• Are some jobs better than others? Why or why not?

• What are some of the motivations people have for working? What do you think motivates most people? What would you consider the strongest motivation? the weakest?

• Is all work of equal value to society? Why or why not?

Finally sing some songs about work
Such as: I've Been Working on the Railroad, Whistle While You Work, or O Susannah

You then can sing some patriotic songs

Alternately, you can break up the discussion by singing a song or two every few discussion questions

Thursday, September 1, 2016

I love New York

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I love New York


  • The oldest cattle ranch in the U.S. was started in 1747 at Montauk, L.I.?

  • The Adirondack Park is larger than the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic National Parks combined?

  • New York was the first state to require license plates on automobiles?

  • Kingston was the first capital of New York State?

  • The first Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, still popular today, was held in 1897?

  • Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua has nine formal gardens and one of the largest displays of roses in the state?

  • It took 31 years, from 1867-1898, to build the State Capitol Building?

  • New York State has 1,300 museums and galleries, 64 performing arts centers, and 230 theaters?

  • There are more than 400 golf courses and 55 downhill ski areas in New York State?

  • The New York State Canal System is 524 miles long and has 57 locks?

  • The Seaway Trail covers 454 miles along scenic vistas of Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands, along with grape-growing vineyards and apple orchards?

  • The Hudson River was named an American Heritage River by the U.S. government in 1998?

  • In 1885 New York State acquired property around Niagara Falls and established the first state park in the U.S.?

  • In 1892 Ellis Island opened in New York Harbor as the primary immigration depot in the U.S.?

  • The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor on October 28, 1886

  •