Saturday, August 30, 2008

Grandparent"s Day activities and those with dementia

Here are several links to some great Grandparent's Day activities that can be done with those who have dementia as well as with most people living in long term care facilities

Here is a helpful website with plenty of Grandparent's Day activities

Here is a great article

Thursday, August 21, 2008

How you can help win $1.5 million to fight Alzheimer's and other dementias

(Alzheimer Advocacy Team) August 21, 2008
Congress is not expected to take action on the bills passed in July by the Appropriations Committees that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and boost funding for Alzheimer research to approximately $662 million – a $20 million increase over current funding. These same bills would also continue funding for critical programs that support people living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and their caregivers.

With just a few clicks, you can help make a huge impact in the fight against Alzheimer's disease

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You can also
Recruit others to become advocates or
Pass on the Proclamation

These are simple things that you can do,right now, no matter who you are because if Alzheimer's disease does not affect you now, it will affect you soon.


Monday, August 18, 2008

More activity ideas for those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias from Jan Allen

I am always searching for new activity ideas especially for those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Most often whatever I find has to be adapted and modified to the group or individuals that I or my staff is working with.

Here are some ideas from Jan Allen

Let me know what myou think.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Here is what Geriatric Care Manager: K. Paggi had to say about activities for those with dementia

I believe activities are crucial to well-being. In the past ten years, research has shown that activities play a large part in preventing the progression of dementia. We also know that socializing prevents loneliness, despair and suicidal thoughts.

For several years I led recreational activities on weekends at a geri-psych hospital. The activities that took place on any particular weekend greatly depended on the patients in the unit at that time. All of the patients there had dementia and behavior disorders that precluded their being able to remain at home until the behavior had been extinguished. Most patients were on the unit between three to four weeks, while the doctors changed their drugs or the dosages. Some were more alert; others were more physically functional. Some returned home; others returned to a nursing home or entered a long-term care facility for the first time after discharge.

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Time filler music videos to have on hand

I suggest having one or all of the following music videos.
Included are links of where to purchase them online.

However, I suggest, that you try before you buy.
Get them from the library first. Then buy the ones that work

There is a Mitch Miller video available at
The lihk is for the DVD, but it is also available in VHS for much less
It is in black and white, but it reminds many Alzheimer's and other long term care residents of the Saturday night sing along that was on TV in their era.

Another popular ideo series is by the Sentimental singes.
Some are aailable on

Here are three other great music videos and links

Russ Carlton
Frank Woehrle
Phil Bernardi