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Friday, May 26, 2017

A flag making activity

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Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, here is a fairly easy flag making project that can be used for Flag Day and beyond

Materials
red crepe paper roll
4-11x17 sheets of white paper
approx 10x11 piece of blue construction paper
50 1x1 stars
alternately a clip art page of the 50 stars on the flag. The group members can color the background blue or you can print it out.
glue
scissors



Paste the four sheets together so the final is 20X30

Paste the blue construction with stars paper in the upper left corner of the flag

Paste 7 equispaced red crepe paper strips on the white paper.

Do not cover the blue piece

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Casey at the bat day

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Then think spring, think baseball





Here is a nice baseball poem


Casey at the Bat day is June 3
By Ernest Lawrence Thayer Taken From the San Francisco Examiner - June 3, 1888


The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,


A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, “If only Casey could but get a whack at that —
We’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.”But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,


And the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat;
For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.


Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.


There was ease in Casey’s manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey’s bearing and a smile lit Casey’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ’twas Casey at the bat.


Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt.
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance flashed in Casey’s eye, a sneer curled Casey’s lip.


And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped —
“That ain’t my style,” said Casey. “Strike one!” the umpire said.


From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted some one on the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.


With a smile of Christian charity great Casey’s visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew;
But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said “Strike two!”


“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered “Fraud!”
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
And they knew that Casey wouldn’t let that ball go by again.


The sneer has fled from Casey’s lip, the teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey’s blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top ten Memorial Day activities for those with dementia

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I cannot believe that Memorial Day
is almost here

Here are some easy, yet fun things to do together

10. Arrange flowers real of fake. You can use red, white and blue flowers to make the bouquet or centerpiece look patriotic.

9. Plan a picnic or a party from beginning to end

8. Have a picnic perhaps using the ideas from your plans. If the person with dementia does not want to go outside, no problem, have the picnic inside.

7. Go to the beach if it is warm enough or the park. Go at off times to avoid the crowd. Again if you fear a negative reaction to going to the beach, bring the beach to your home. Get some sand, sea shells and other beach paraphernalia.

6 Have a small get together at home. Hire or have someone to assist the ADRD person.

5. Draw some patriotic pictures. You can use paints, magic markers or crayons. Fireworks are easy to draw.

4. Read a patriotic story or poem. Create your own story or poem.

3. Discuss a simple recipe. See how many ingredients you can name. Give hints as necessary. Make a simple dish together.

2. Watch a musical patriotic movie. Suggestions are: Yankee Doodle Dandy and Stars and Stripes Forever
They may have to be watched in segments depending on the attention span of the dementia person.

1. Make a list of all the patriotic songs you know. Give hints to the impaired person as necessary. A good book for tips on how to do this is Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful,Mind-Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged,Their Loved Ones,and Involved Professionals Then listen to and sing these songs.

Remember all activities are person appropriate. Therefore knowing their likes and dislikes is helpful.
Also you must be flexible. If things do not go as planned, have a backup plan.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Top ways to help a veteran with dementia on Memorial day

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  • Veterans who suffer from various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer disease, often have very specific care needs. It is important that these veterans are cared for by people who understand their condition and have the appropriate instruction and skills. Therefore encourage family members of veterans to gain the training they need to care for their loved one with dementia.

  • For those in nursing homes and other institutions, make sure veterans with dementia are visited often. All people, including those with memory loss, need human contact. They need to be hugged. They need to hear your voice. They may not know you but as long as you know who they are, that's all that matters.

  • Talk to them about their service to our country. Often they will share stories with you because their time in the service made a huge impression on them 

  • Tell them how proud you are of them. Thank them for their service. This is sure to make them feel good. Most likely, it will make them smile

  • Smile with a veteran. Laughter is wonderful medicine.

  • Sing patriotic songs with a veteran with dementia. Often they will be able o sing many familiar songs even though, they may not be able to speak.

  • Read to them. Have them read to you. Large simple statements are best.
  • Share pictures with them, especially large colorful ones

  • Make a visitor's packet for them.

  • For more ideas on things you can do with a veteran or anyone with dementia on this Memorial Day or any day, read the book, Adorable Photographs of Our Baby-Meaningful, Mind-Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, 
  • Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals 

  • So please remember all our veterans on Memorial Day including those with dementia


Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Flag Day Story

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A Flag Incident
By M. M. Thomas
(Adapted)

When marching to Chattanooga the corps had reached a little wooded valley between the mountains. The colonel, with others, rode ahead, and, striking into a bypath, suddenly came upon a secluded little cabin surrounded by a patch of cultivated ground.

At the door an old woman, eighty years of age, was supporting herself on a crutch. As they rode up she asked if they were "Yankees," and upon their replying that they were, she said: "Have you got the Stars and Stripes with you? My father fought the Tories in the Revolution, and my old eyes ache for a sight of the true flag before I die."

To gratify her the colonel sent to have the colors brought that way. When they were unfurled and planted before her door, she passed her trembling hands over them and held them close to her eyes that she might view the stars once more. When the band gave her "Yankee Doodle," and the "`Star-Spangled Banner," she sobbed like a child, as did her daughter, a woman of fifty, while her three little grandchildren gazed in wonder.

They were Eastern people, who had gone to New Orleans to try to improve their condition. Not being successful, they had moved from place to place to better themselves, until finally they had settled on this spot, the husband having taken several acres of land here for a debt.

Then the war burst upon them. The man fled to the mountains to avoid the conscription, and they knew not whether he was alive or dead. They had managed to support life, but were so retired that they saw very few people.

Leaving them food and supplies, the colonel and the corps passed on.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Red Plates for Eating with Dementia

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Alzheimers and Dementia Weekly

MEALTIME: 

If you couldn’t see your mashed potatoes,  you probably wouldn’t eat them. That's why what "The Red Plate Study" found was astonishing! Alzheimer's patients eating from red plates consumed 25 percent more food than those eating from white plates. Find out why. 




Boston University Biopsychologist Alice Cronin-Golomb and her research partners designed the “red plate study.” Their idea was to see whether seniors with advanced Alzheimer’s would eat more food from red plates than they did from white ones. The researchers in the Vision & Cognition Lab of the Center for Clinical Biopsychology, which Cronin-Golomb directs, had reason to hope that their experiment would succeed. 

Nursing home staff often complain that Alzheimer’s patients do not finish the food on their plates even when staff encourages them to do so. 40% of individuals with severe Alzheimer’s lose an unhealthy amount of weight. Previous explanations for this phenomenon included depression, inability to concentrate on more than one food at a time, and inability to eat unassisted. Cronin-Golomb and her colleagues took a different approach. They believed this behavior might be explained by the visual-cognitive deficiencies caused by Alzheimer’s. Patients with the disease cannot process visual data—like contrast and depth perception—as well as most other seniors.

So the research team tested advanced Alzheimer’s patients’ level of food intake with standard white plates and with bright-red ones. What they found was astonishing—patients eating from red plates consumed 25 percent more food than those eating from white plates.

Since these findings were published in 2004, some nursing homes have made red plates the norm. Private companies even market special red plates for seniors with visual impairment.

The CAS researchers’ approach to the problem of decreased functioning was what led to their breakthrough. Whereas many scientists look for drugs to treat degenerative cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Cronin-Golomb and her team focus instead on finding visual aids that can improve patients’ quality of life. By assisting Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients with their visual perception, the researchers actually are able to improve the subjects’ mental functioning.

Asks Cronin-Golomb,



“If the information getting into their brain through their eyes is already degraded, how can you expect them to do much with that?”

“If we can enhance how fast they are getting information in, then they can have a better shot at remembering it. For instance, we can improve their reading speed just by enhancing what they see.”
It is generally known that memory problems are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but many people don’t realize that vision problems can plague these patients as much as their mental challenges do.

Cronin-Golomb and her team put subjects through a battery of tests to determine their visual capabilities—visual psychophysics tests to look at contrast sensitivity, color discrimination, and depth perception; neuropsychological tests to examine object recognition, word reading, facial recognition, and pattern completion; and, finally, tests to determine whether the subjects perform better using visual aids, such as measuring cups with larger lettering. Once researchers understand each subject’s abilities, they can then assess how various visual aids improve a patient’s visual perception.

One experiment the team conducted was to test which shades of gray pills were easiest for subjects to pick out. Seniors commonly take multiple daily medications, but pill manufacturers often don’t take into account patients’ vision problems when choosing pill colors. The researchers found that with the right shade of gray, they could help patients more easily locate their medications.

The researchers also educate local caregivers for the elderly about how to use visual aids to improve patients’ functioning. Many of these caregivers are family members taking care of loved ones. Others are professional caregivers at day programs for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients, as well as architects designing living spaces for older adults.

Team member and PhD candidate Tom Laudate recalls an encounter following his talk to a local caregiver support group.

“A woman came up to me and said that just the week before, her mother had been in the kitchen trying to pour milk into a mug. The mug was white, the milk was white, and the countertop was white. She poured milk all over the place, and it wasn’t until the daughter heard me talk that it clicked in her mind and she understood her mother’s vision problem. It’s a great feeling to be able to give some information to someone that can make a difference. It’s not huge; we are not solving Alzheimer’s, but we are helping people in their daily lives.”
Cronin-Golomb’s goal is not only to train others; she is also driven by a personal connection to, and respect for, the elderly. While some people stigmatize Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and approach them with a sense of dread, she recognizes that the elderly, including some of her test subjects, are full of vitality.

“I love working with Parkinson’s patients,” she says. “It is probably from my background. My grandma lived upstairs from me. She had all these brothers, sisters, and cousins, and they’d play these really competitive games of pinochle. So they weren’t doting old people. This gave me the idea of old people as very vivacious, and only later did I come across the attitude that old people are slow and frail.”



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Country music trivia

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Country Music Trivia Facts

  • Determining Patsy Cline's hometown is difficult since she and her family moved 19 times before she reached the age of 15.


  • Despite her greatest hit being "Stand By Your Man", country singer Tammy Wynette has been married five times.


  • In the US, there are more radio stations that play country music than any other type of music.


  • Kris Kristofferson worked as a janitor at Columbia studios while Bob Dylan was recording the album Blonde on Blonde.


  • Roy Rogers is the only person inducted two times into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


  • Charley Pride was a professional baseball pitcher before becoming a country music artist.


  • Faith Hill sang her first gig at a Mississippi Tobacco Spit contest.


  • Dottie West was the first female country singer to win a Grammy.


  • Dolly Parton penned the song "I will always love you" for Porter Wagner.


  • Johnny Cash had the first country music album to top the US Pop Album charts with "Ring of Fire" in 1964.





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Country Music Trivia Questions










Country Music Trivia Questions

Trivia Questions and Answers - Printable Trivia


Position your cursor over the question mark found beside each question for the answer.

Kingsland, Arkansas - He died in Nashville in 2003.Where was Johnny Cash born?

Tim McGraw - He has won three Grammys.Who is married to country music singer Faith Hill?

Charlie Pride - Charlie Pride was named the CMA's Entertainer of the Year in 1971.Who's signature song is 'Kiss An Angel Good Morning'?

Willie Nelson - He also appeared in The Electric Horseman.Which country music singer appeared in the films Thief and Gone Fishin?

Alan Jackson - Alan Jackson was born on October 17th 1958 in Newman Georgia.Who's first country album was titled 'Here in the Real World'?

Merle Haggard - Merle Haggard was born in Bakersfield Ca.Which county singer is noted for helping to create the Bakersfield sound?

Randy Travis - He had a number one hit with the song Three Wooden Crosses.Which country music star changed their focus from country music to gospel?

Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton has 26 number one singles.Which county singer has an album called 'Here You Come Again'?

Loretta Lynn - Sissy Spacek stars in the movie Coal Miner's Daughter.Which country music stars auto-biography is titled Coal Miner's Daughter?

Yukon Okalahoma - He has produced 3 albums under Capitol - Nashville, Liberty and Big/Machine Pearl.Where was Garth Brooks Born?


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Best country music artists

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You'll find various lists with suggestions on the best of various types of artists and their albums.

Country's Top 10 Most Influential Artists

Trying to determine the 10 most influential country music artists of all time is a tricky endeavor. Beyond a small handful of very obvious choices, the waters get a little muddier, and the debate becomes a little more heated.

Top 10 Most Influential Women of Country Music

In honor of Women's History Month, I've compiled a list of the 10 most influential female artists of country music. The women I've chosen are based on their total influence on other artists, record sales, among other things.

Top 10 - Classic Country Males

Classic artists are those that have recorded prior to the mid 1980s. These are the stars we know now as legends. Many of them are sadly not played on radio, except for during an oldies session. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by classic country males.

Top Ten Picks - Classic Country Females

Classic artists are those that have recorded prior to the mid 1980s. These are the stars we know now as legends. Many of them are sadly not played on radio, except for during an oldies session. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by classic country females.

Top Ten Picks - Contemporary Country Males

Contemporary artists are those that have recorded from the 90s through today. These are the artists that are the ones you will hear most often on country radio. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by contemporary male artists.

Top Ten Picks - Contemporary Country Females

Contemporary artists are those that have recorded from the mid 80s through today. These are the artists that are the ones you will hear most often on country radio. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by contemporary female artists.

Top Ten Picks - Classic Country Groups/Duos

Classic artists are those that have recorded prior to the mid 1980s. These are the stars we know now as legends. Many of them are sadly not played on radio, except for during an oldies session. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by classic groups and duos.

Top Ten Picks - Contemporary Country Groups/Duos

Contemporary artists are those that have recorded from the mid 80s through today. These are the artists that are the ones you will hear most often on country radio. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by contemporary groups or duos.

Top Ten Picks - Country Hat Acts

To some, the term "hat act" can be degrading. Back in the early 90s, the term was tossed around to describe the up-and-coming acts that came on the scene wearing a cowboy hat, many of whom were gone in a year or so. But, these "hat acts" are those with staying power. They may wear a hat, but they can also sing their hearts out.

Top Five Picks - Female Rising Stars

These gals have been around for less than three years, and none of them have more than two albums released to the public.

Most Underrated Male Country Artists

A list of the 5 country artists that seem to constantly be passed over for awards and attention, even though they put out outstanding music.

Top Picks - Diamond Award Artists

The Recording Industry Association of America hands out awards when an artist reaches a milestone of 500,000 units sold (Gold), and 1 Million units sold (Platinum). When an artist reaches that point of selling 10 Million units, they receive a Diamond Award. The artists below are those who have reached this incredible plateau.

Top Five Picks - Canadian Country Artists

Canada has given us some great country music artists. The top five listed below are some of the most successful acts that are still selling country music in the U.S. today.

Top Five Picks - Male Rising Stars

These guys have been around for less than three years, and none of them have more than two albums released to the public.

Top Five Picks - Rising Stars Groups

These groups have been around for less than three years, and none of them have more than two albums released to the public.

Top Picks - BNA Nashville Artists

BNA Records Label is one of three labels that is part of the RCA Label group, which is a unit of BMG Entertainment. The BNA roster includes: Kenny Chesney, Kellie Coffey, Lonestar, Brice Long, Tebey Ottoh, Pinmonkey, and Rachel Proctor. Also included in this label is the sub-label Bandit, with George Jones. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - Lost Highway Artists

Lost Highway is a division of Mercury Records, and is home to the "O Brother Soundtrack," and the "Down From the Mountain" project, as well as Tift Merritt, Willie Nelson, and Robert Earl Keen.

Top Picks - Lucky Dog Artists

SonyNashville is a country division of Sony Music. Lucky Dog is one of four labels under the Sony Nashville label. Artists listed on the Label are BR549, The Derailers, Deryl Dodd, Jack Ingram and Charlie Robison.

Top Picks - Mercury Nashville

Mercury Nashville is a division of the Universal Music Group. The artists on the roster are Steve Azar, Terri Clark, Daisy Dern, Meredith Edwards, Tom T. Hall, Marcel, David Nail, Jamie O'Neal, James Otto, Anthony Smith, Keith Stegall, Shania Twain, and Mark Wills. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - RCA Nashville Artists

RCA Records Label is one of three labels that is part of the RCA Label group, which is a unit of BMG Entertainment. The RCA roster includes: Alabama, Tracy Byrd, Sara Evans, Andy Griggs, Aaron Lines, Martina McBride, Tommy Shane Steiner, and Clay Walker. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - Warner Nashville Artists

Warner Nashville is a sub-label of the larger Warner Brothers Records. The artists on the roster are Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, Dusty Drake, Sixwire, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael, Neal McCoy, and Elizabeth Cook. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - Country Females With "The Voice"

There are country singers that give you chills when they belt out a song. These are the singers with what I call "the voice." The list I've compiled below are today's country female singers that have the type of voice that can sing anything, and do it with power, or understated elegance.

Best of Classic Country Males

Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and George Jones. All these men are legends in the genre of country music. Whether you're new to country music, or have just not purchased music from anyone other than today's country stars, I've chosen three of the best from classic country male artists, so you can get a feel for the artists that paved the way for the stars of today.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

National Nursing Home Week 2017

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National Nursing Home Week 2017

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This year the theme of National Nursing Home Week 2017


 is The Spirit.of America For information on how to celebrate this special week follow the links at

Nursing Home Week 2017





Sunday, May 7, 2017

An activity just in time for Mother's Day


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Mother's day is all about love.

Here are some ideas for discussion questions about love.

They are ideal for lower functioning residents but can be easily adapted for higher functioning ones

They are all about a baby,love and people who love the baby as well as other things

They love our baby
Who loves the baby?
If the participants need help say;
Does the baby’s brother love him?
Does his mother love him?
Do you love the baby?
Who else loves the baby?
Possible responses and opportunities for discussion: father, sister, aunt, uncle, friend, dog, cat, etc. Have a discussion about people in one or more of the participant’s family.

What else do you love?
If the participants need help say;
I love ice cream, how about you?
Possible responses(which are almost endless) and opportunities for discussion: pizza or any other food, roses or any type of flower, watching television, singing a song, etc.
Have a discussion about any one or more of these things.
Sing one or more love songs. Recite a poem about love, something as simple as Roses are Red, etc.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Do not forget the ladies in nursing homes on or around Mother's Day



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Choosing the right present for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia is certain to give him/her joyful times independently or with a loved one. Here are some tips on how to pick a perfect gift. You can give a gift anytime, but Mother's Day is coming soon which is a perfect opportunity to give that special someone a special gift.

Over 5.3 million Americans are living with dementia. Is one of them someone you know or a client of yours? Get him/her or anyone with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, a gift that will keep on giving.

Of course, person appropriate offerings are the best. This means matching a gift to a person's interests and abilities, However, there are some presents that will make them smile no matter what.

One such gift is a book by Susan Berg called Adorable Photographs of Our Baby -- Meaningful, Mind-Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones and Involved Professionals, This book features baby photographs that seniors with dementia love. This book shares a plethora of ideas and resources for you. Mothers especially love babies

Another gift dementia persons will fancy is a classic musical video or DVD especially a musical love story. A classic movie of this type is Rogers and Hammerstein̢۪s movie, Carousel (1945) or South Pacific (1949)

Any Roger's and Hammerstein movie is a good choice, However matching their interests and favorite actors and actresses should simplify the gift giving process. You can even discuss some of the movies to get a better feel for the one they might like the best.

A video sing along is great for persons who has Alzheimers disease or another dementia. Even if they were not music lovers in the past, music is extremely therapeutic for them. Often non-verbal folks with dementia will sing along to a song that is familiar to them. Russ Carlton has a series of videos that will enchant a person with dementia.

An audio cassette or CD is another good choice. Just as with the movies, talking about songs often brings to light a good musical selection. There are some by Mitch Miller that are favorites of many. Also Broadway tunes are a preference of those with Alzheimers disease or a related dementia.

Especially for a lower functioning person with dementia is the gift of hand or body lotion. Any kind will do. Just be aware of any allergies or pain issues he/she might have. If he/she can tolerate it, those with a pleasant scent work well. Give him/her a relaxing hand massage talking about how good the hand massage feels and how much you love this person,

If you cannot afford or do not have time to get these gifts before Mother's day, give the gift of yourself. No matter how hard it is for you to visit a dementia person, he/she will appreciate your company even though he/she may not be able to express it. Take him/her for a walk, sing some of your favorite songs together, or share some messages of love. Just spend some quality time with a dementia person. Both of you will feel better. Do remember to be upbeat animated and excited about visiting.

A phone call or a Mother's day card will do if there is no way you can visit in person. At least they will know you are thinking of them. Then visit on another day.

So no matter what you do, do not forget your favorite lady friend with dementia this Mother's day because it will make you and her feel good. What could be better than that?

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

More fun with Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is another opportunity to have a celebration and to create moments of joy for those with dementia
Start by getting a picture book . Have a discussion about Cinco de Mayo. There is information on the May page Make up some trivia questions using the information
Make some easy Mexican dishes such as tacos, tortilla chips and salsa, or refried beans. Or you can be adventurous and make something in the cook book below
Do not forget the Mexican music. You can play it as you are cooking
Top the celebration off with an arm chair trip to Mexico