Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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 28, 2018

How to engage a person with Alzheimer's disease

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Growing Connections: Gardening with Seniors




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Aging Care
By June Fletcher,

To grow a more meaningful and healthy connection with an elderly loved one, put on some rubber clogs and head out together to the garden.
At any age, gardening is one of the best activities we can do outdoors, several experts told AgingCare.com. It stimulates all of the senses; awakens our connection with nature and with each other; and rewards us with fresh flowers and juicy tomatoes. "It's restorative, even if you have dementia," says Dee McGuire, a horticultural therapist at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore.
Gardening is also an excellent way for aging bodies to get a moderate-intensity aerobic workout, shed calories and stay flexible, according to a Kansas State University study. That's one reason why gardening remains popular with Americans well into their golden years. Indeed, about three-quarters of households age 55 or older participated in some form of lawn and garden activity in 2010, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA).
Still, there's no question that bending, lifting, kneeling, squatting, weeding and pruning—not to mention dealing with sun, heat and bugs-- all become more challenging as we grow older.
But there are ways to cope. Bruce Butterfield, the NGA's research director, says his mother was able to garden until her death at age 96 by growing flowers in about 70 big pots connected to an automatic irrigation system. "She placed them around the patio so she could get to them easily using her walker," he says.
Protection against pests and the elements is important, too, both for caregivers and seniors. New York dermatologist Arielle Kauvar says gardeners should slather on sunscreen and insect repellents before putting on clothes, so no area is overlooked. "And don't forget to protect your lips," Dr. Kauvar says, suggesting a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.
Here are more tips for aging gardeners from these and other experts:
Rethink the Landscape
-- Reassess the yard with an eye to lowering maintenance. Wherever possible, remove lawn and replace it with ground covers, mulched beds, and paved areas or paths.
-- Add benches or chairs under shady trees.
-- Create raised beds to improve drainage and make harvesting easier. Lightweight plastic landscape timbers can be stacked to form raised beds at waist or wheelchair height, if necessary. Make the beds narrow, so anyone can reach into the center without straining.
-- Make vertical gardens by growing vining plants upward using trellises, tomato cages, bamboo stakes, fences, walls or arbors as supports. It will cut down on bending and make harvesting easier.
-- Change steps to wide, curving, gently sloping paths. Use pavers or fine gravel to line paths rather than wood chips or river rocks. Paths should be at least four feet wide to allow walker and wheelchair access, and wider at the end so wheelchairs can turn around.
-- Build high fences to keep out deer and other pests. Add latches and locks to gates if the gardener has memory problems and is prone to wandering.
-- Install an irrigation system to cut down on watering, and low-voltage lighting to improve visibility on paths and steps in the evenings.
-- Plant in containers using lightweight "soil-less" mixtures and resin or foam-walled pots to reduce weight. Put pots on casters.
-- Avoid hanging baskets, since they dry out quickly, require frequent fertilization, and can be difficult to reach.
Tend to the Gardener
-- Work in the morning and evening, when it's coolest.
-- Bring a water bottle to prevent dehydration.
-- Wear sturdy shoes, a broad-brimmed hat and gardening gloves.
-- Bend at the knees and hips to avoid injury.
-- Move from one activity to another to avoid stressing any particular muscle group.
-- Paint tool handles in neon colors or wrap them in brightly colored tape so they're easy to find if dropped.
-- Use manual shears instead of power hedge clippers to avoid accidents.
-- Hire labor (or commandeer adult children and grandchildren) to do the heaviest lifting, digging and grading.
-- If there's no room for a backyard garden, join or form a community garden.
-- If a garden-loving senior becomes bedridden, bring the outdoors inside. Plant a mini-garden in pots on the windowsill, or create a maintenance-free terrarium in an old glass or plastic container

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Plan to honor CNAs


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Activities directors, other healthcare professionals and caregivers, celebrate Certified Nursing Assistants Day,
Here is just some of what they do
C.N.A.s provide hands on care to those who are unable to care for themselves. This includes bathing, dressing, feeding and toileting residents, among other things.

The C.N.A. ensures the safety and comfort of residents entrusted to their care. Among the most prized trait in C.N.A.'s is PATIENCE. This is a job that requires much patience. Everyday they are confronted with many challenges,

A CNA rides out the storms of Alzheimer's patients right alongside of them. They are the ones who search high and low throughout the building for a misplaced item that one of the residents is desperately looking for. They are the ones who hear "I want to go home" from the lips of the residents sometimes several times a night, and comfort them the best way they know how.They are the ones offering hugs and smiles in a dark and lonely world, where many times, the staff becomes the only family a resident has.

They are their source of love, acceptance and friendship. They are the ones who try to quell loneliness and depression in the people they care for, sometimes resorting to singing, sometimes just acting silly to coax a smile. They are the ones who comfort and hold the hand of residents as they slowly slip away.

All of these things and more, that is what they are.

So plan to honor CNAs this June

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cat facts for activities in May and June

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Cats

  • Cats are one of, if not the most, popular pet in the world.
  • There are over 500 million domestic cats in the world.
  • Cats and humans have been associated for nearly 10000 years.
  • Cats conserve energy by sleeping for an average of 13 to14 hours a day.
  • Cats have flexible bodies and teeth adapted for hunting small animals such as mice and rats.
  • A group of cats is called a clowder, a male cat is called a tom, a female cat is called a molly or queen while young cats are called kittens.
  • Domestic cats usually weight around 4 kilograms (8 lb 13 oz) to 5 kilograms (11 lb 0 oz).
  • The heaviest domestic cat on record is 21.297 kilograms (46 lb 15.2 oz).
  • Cats can be lethal hunters and very sneaky, when they walk their back paws step almost exactly in the same place as the front paws did beforehand, this keeps noise to a minimum and limits visible tracks.
  • Cats have powerful night vision, allowing them to see at light levels six times lower than what a human needs in order to see.
  • Cats also have excellent hearing and a powerful sense of smell.
  • Older cats can at times act aggressively towards kittens.
  • Domestic cats love to play, this is especially true with kittens who love to chase toys and play fight. Play fighting among kittens may be a way for them to practice and learn skills for hunting and fighting.
  • On average cats live for around 12 to 15 years.
  • Cats spend a large amount of time licking their coats to keep them clean.
  • Feral cats are often seen as pests and threats to native animals.

    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    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.”



    Friday, May 18, 2018

    THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HUMOR AND LAUGHTER

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    Helpguide.org

    • Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far
         more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze.

    When laughter is shared, it binds people together and

    increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino

    effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy

    physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter

    strengthen your immune system, boost your energy,

    diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of

    stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and

    easy to use. 


    Laughter is strong medicine for mind and body


    Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.
    With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

    Laughter is good for your health

    • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
    • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
    • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
    • Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.




    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    More fun and active ideas for engaging an Alzheimer’s patient


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    Alzheimer's Caregivers Guide

    Gear activities to the patient’s ability to participate
    Plan activities that the patient is interested in, such as art, cooking, walking, swimming, or gardening. Focus on enjoyment, not achievement.
    If the person is lucid enough, involve them in making music, doing puzzles or crosswords, or playing memory games, card or board games. Or, the patient may passively enjoy hearing music, contact with pets, or sitting outside in the garden.

    Use humor
    Even when Alzheimer's patients no longer have the cognitive ability to understand your humor, they can still appreciate it. They may still smile or laugh and sharing that laughter can be a relief to both you and your charge. Use the same modes of humor as you always have: teasing, nonsense, clowning. Be even more silly than usual!

    Get outdoors
    Go for walks in the neighborhood, go for a drive, or spend time at a park.
    Walking is often therapeutic, although the pace may not be as vigorous as you might like. Develop a style of paying more attention to the beauty and novelty of your surroundings as you walk.

    Maintain an active social life
    To counteract isolation and loneliness, encourage family and friends to stay involved. Take the patient to family gatherings if it’s comfortable to do so. Schedule visitors, to avoid surprises and have something to look forward to. Even if the elder with dementia does not recognize those who visit, the contact is nonetheless valuable for them.

    Seek out organized group activities.
    Senior centers and adult day care facilities usually provide opportunities for structured activities such as exercise, sharing meals, group games and socializing. Some programs are set up specifically to meet the needs of dementia patients. This will provide social stimulation for the patient and respite for you, the caregiver.

    Join in
    Sometimes the caregiver will want to join the patient in family gatherings or stay in the home when visitors are present. Caregivers can start feeling isolated and lonely themselves as more and more of their time is built around the elder’s needs. If the patient feels safe with the visitors, the caregiver can use the visiting time as an opportunity for relief and respite. Adult day care has similar benefits: social stimulation for the patient and free time for the caregiver.

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    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.

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    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 10, 2018

    Communication strategies can benefit dementia patients and caregivers

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    Medical News

    Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia represent an exponentially growing social and health care challenge for American families - not only family members who face the progressive brain disease, but also those who love them.

    Many spouses of those with dementia do more than watch as their partners deal with the disease's effects on brain functioning, memory, motor skills and emotional health. They often assume round-the-clock caregiving responsibilities as their husband or wife of many years faces progressive decline. Communication can become a particularly difficult issue.

    "We found that breakdowns in communication may trigger or deepen problem behaviors in family members with dementia," says Marie Savundranayagam, assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). "These problem behaviors by those with dementia, such as agitation and aggression, have consistently been linked with caregiver stress."

    Through a UWM Research Growth Initiative grant and an Alzheimer's Association New Investigator Research Grant, Savundranayagam is working to identify communication strategies used by caregivers to resolve communication breakdowns.

    Partners in long-lasting relationships are the focus of her research. "There's something very special about these relationships," she says. "These caregivers are less likely to place their spouses in a nursing home. They want to keep that family member at home as long as possible." New strategies can backfire

    "Communication breakdowns can also result from caregivers' use of ineffective communication strategies that they perceive to be helpful," says Savundranayagam.

    "Imagine the frustration that a wife, married to her husband for 40 years and now thrust into the role of caregiver, feels when their familiar conversational give-and-take no longer works," she continues. "When the wife tries to communicate differently, that strategy may work - or it may create even more problems.

    "For example, the wife may think that she can communicate better with her loved one by talking slower. But that's actually the opposite of what should be done. A person with dementia will actually forget what was said in the first part of the sentence before the caregiver finishes talking."Insights from everyday interactions

    Savundranayagam and co-investigator J.B. Orange, associate professor and director of the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at the University of Western Ontario, are now analyzing everyday activities and communication patterns of persons affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

    Caregiver/care receiver couples completed questionnaires and were then video-recorded as they interacted in their homes − at the dinner table, for example. Communication Sciences and Disorders students from UWM's College of Health Sciences, coached by Orange, are transcribing and coding these videos to help pinpoint the types of communication strategies the caregiver is using to resolve misunderstandings.

    The next step, says Savundranayagam, is assessing the effectiveness of caregiver carstrategies. "Do their approaches exacerbate a communication problem or resolve it?" Savundranayagam's work also will investigate the role of effective and ineffective communication strategies in predicting episodes of problem behaviors and caregiver stress.

    The goal is to lay the foundation and justification for designing empirically derived communication interventions for family caregivers that target both problems.

    "Sometimes a caregiver can deal with problem behaviors and it's not that distressing for them," says Savundranayagam. "But other times, the caregiver's appraisal is incorrect, and a strategy that they think is good really isn't. When we see that, we know that an intervention is necessary for a specific group of caregivers.

    "That's really where this project is going − to target the people who will really benefit from a communication intervention," says Savundranayagam.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    How to Create a Care Plan for a Dementia Patient


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    ehow

    A care plan for a patient with dementia, no matter where he is living, ensures the highest quality of life for him despite this diagnosis. Since each person with dementia displays different behaviors, has specific interests and different strengths, the care plan is person centered. His dementia progresses over time. Because of this, it is more difficult to assess the dementia patient's needs and preferences as time goes on. Learn all you can while the dementia person is able to communicate. The outcome of the care plan makes the dementia patient's life as happy and satisfying as possible.

    Difficulty: ModerateInstructions

    Step 1Get an accurate history about the patient with dementia. This includes current medications, strengths, weaknesses, current and past interests, former jobs, and a thorough family history.

    Step 2Observe the dementia patient. Make note of how she reacts to her environment, especially triggers for unwanted behavior.

    Step 3Meet with all team leaders who are responsible for every aspect of the dementia patient's care. The teams include nursing, social work, therapy, activities, family members and the dementia patient, unless the meeting will upset him.

    Step 4Together write a care plan that includes the best ways to care for this person. Include specific goals for each team and ways to accomplish these goals. Assign team members to each goal. Make sure to get everyone's input.

    Step 5Share...read all of How to Create a Care Plan for a Dementia Patient

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Simple Dementia Activities

    Activities that ANYONE can do with a RESIDENT with or without dementia



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    There activities can be done with dementia residents and others looking for some thing to do
    I have given this list to CNAs and other non activity personal
    *All residents should be toileted on a regular basis
    *Beverage Distribution-be aware of consistency 
    What are your favorite drinks,for winter, for summer, at night,before going to bed etc.-give choices such as do you like apple juice or ginger ale
    *Snack Distribution-be aware of diets
    Remember RESIDENTS MAY NOT REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID OR DID, BUT THEY WILL REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL!!
    *Hand Massages-cutting,filing, and polishing nails-have a conversation with the resident while doing this
    *Appropriate TV WATCHING Anytime Animal Planet or Game Show Network
    M-F Rosary, Price is Right 
    Satirday evening Lawrence Welk -Sunday am Mass 
    there are plenty of good appropriate movies, Lawrence Welk tapes and other Sing alongs. Join the residents in singing-MANY OF YOU are very TALENTED- *If residents are supposed to be watching TV, make sure they are facing the TV
    **Before meals or any time you have a few minutes-Look at a magazine or newspaper with a resident
    -Do simple word searches or crossword puzzles with the residents
    -Ask trivia questions
    -Do abcs of most any subject-Name all the flowers you know that start with a, then b etc.
    -Play simple card games-Pass out 1 card to everyone- then before you give a second card to a resident ask if that card will be higher or lower than the one they have. Cheer for them if they are right. If they are wrong say great try. Have others give their opinions as to whether the next card of someone else will be lower or higher
    -Have residents fold,sign and give cards to others. Read the card to the residents. Talk about times when you get or give cards 
    THANK YOU
    email
    alzheimersideas@gmail.com for more ideas or if you have questions

    Friday, May 4, 2018

    How to Talk to Someone With Dementia: New Insights

    Activities directors and other healthcare professionals here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,

    Here is information on being the best
    caregiver you can be

    Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care professionals to get an easyceu or two

    People with dementia remember more than it may appear, says a small but interesting new study from the UK's University of Dundee. All knowledge isn't lost forever, as it may appear when the person is asked something and blanks on a correct response. That knowledge may be retrieved if the person is asked questions in the right way. The researchers found that when subjects were asked the meaning of words, they often couldn't say. But when the same information was asked in different ways, with more context, they often did remember.

    Some related tips on how to talk to someone with dementia to boost their understanding:

    Be as clear and specific as possible.
    Instead of: "Do you remember Mary?"

    Try: "Here's Mary, your cousin. She used to live next-door to you in Chicago."

    Instead of: "What do you want for lunch?"

    Try: "Do you want to eat a turkey sandwich?"

    Use short sentences. Give one instruction at a time.


    Sandwich game

    Activities directors and other healthcare professionals here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professionals, 

    Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

    Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care professionals to get an easyceu or two


    If you were a sandwich, what kind would you be? Find out! Take this fun personality test to see which kind of sandwich you are. See with the sandwich test.
    This is one of the quizzes that has absolutely no meaning. Once 
     Age
     Under 18 Years Old

      18 to 24 Years Old

      25 to 30 Years Old

      31 to 40 Years Old

      41 to 50 Years Old

      51 to 60 Years Old

      Over 60 Years Old

    2. What is your gender?
      Male

      Female

    3. What kind of bread do you like for your sandwich?
      Multigrain

      Rye

      Sourdough

      A roll of any kind

      White

      Wheat

    4. What goes best with a sandwich?
      Corn chips

      Pickles

      Fries

      Fruit

      Potato chips

      Soup

    5. How do you cut your sandwich?
      You don't cut it, you eat it whole

      You cut it in half and cut off the crusts

      Into four little sandwiches

      You don't cut it, it's on a roll or bun

      In half, straight up and down

      In half, on the diagonal

    6. Which of these sandwiches are you likely to choose?
      Cuban pork loin sandwich

      Sloppy joe

      BLT sandwich

      Pesto chicken with avocado and focaccia

      Ice cream sandwich

      Breakfast sandwich

    7. The word that best describes your lunch is:
      Comforting - it's the time you eat your favorite foods

      Inventive - you don't like to eat the same thing twice in a week

      Impressive - you eat as much as you do at dinner

      Ordinary - you're likely to eat the same thing every day

      Fun - you're up for anything

      Relaxing - it's your break during the day

    8. What do you drink with your sandwich?
      Soda

      Juice

      Beer

      Water

      Chocolate milk

      Milk

    9. What sort of dessert are you likely to have?
      Apple pie - sweet and decadent

      Peach cobbler - downhome goodness

      Banana split - mixin' it all!

      Tiramisu - sophisticated

      Chocolate chip cookies - childish

      Cheesecake - classic

    10. Where is your sandwich served?
      Fast food joint - quick and easy

      Deli - with a variety of fine foods

      Bar - gotta love the company and the game

      Upscale restaurant - expect to leave a nice tip

      Home - simple and delicious

      Leftovers - you take what's given to you

    11. What sort of extras go on top of your sandwich?
      Chips - you like the crunch

      Mayo - pure mayo, not the fake stuff

      Tomato - you've matured to this

      Lettuce - necessary for the color scheme

      Chocolate - everyone's dream come true

      Ketchup - thick and flavorful

    12. Besides sandwiches, which of these foods sounds most appetizing to you?
      Pizza

      Sushi

      Chicken wings

      Beef

      Donuts

      Nachos

    13. It's Friday night, and you're at a party. You are probably:
      Calm, just talking to friends and having a good time

      Irresistible, the one everyone flocks to

      Full of alcohol, loud and flamboyant

      Understated and reserved, but worth getting to know

      A ball of energy, bouncing around from person to person

      Sweetness and light, trying to make everyone smile

     What Kind of Sandwich Are You?
    Ham
    0%
    Club Sandwich
    0%
    Turkey Sandwich
    0%
    Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
    0%
    Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Each answer is rated 1-6
    The first answer being one point. The last answer on each question is worth six points.The answers in between are worth 2-5 depending on the order they are in the answer section

    Add up all your points
    Ham 13-26 points
    club   27-40
    turkey 41-54
    PB&J  55-68
    grilled cheese more than 68
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