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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