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Molly

Activity Professional & Writer From Maryland, United States


About Molly: Molly Wisniewski is a freelance writer for the aging services. She has cared for older adults living with dementia for over ten years. Her blog the Upside to Aging is dedicated to sharing an alternative and more positive side to aging.

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Molly 17th Sep 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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Welcome to this wonderful field Lea! The links Talita offered have been a great help to me, and sure they will help you. Also, be present with each of your residents, and know that our jobs are more than just keeping someone entertained we work to ensure these individuals have the highest quality of life. Best of luck!
Molly 17th Sep 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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Hi, Pat! How encouraging to hear how much Golden Carers has helped. I would love to hear how your residents enjoyed the Handbag sorting!
Molly 10th Sep 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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I use the Music Activities for Dementia Care resource that Talita referenced all of the time and it is great!
Molly 10th Sep 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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How fun! Thanks for sharing your experience Catalina, I feel inspired!!
Molly 10th Sep 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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I haven't but I would be interested in hearing if others have. Thank you, Talita I will be checking out the Facebook Group, too!
Molly 10th Sep 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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Hi Helen, Golden Carers has a great set of gentle chair exercise you can check out https://www.goldencarers.com/gentle-chair-exercises-dvd/4113/.
Molly 29th Aug 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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Thank you, Susan, I hadn't come across this article yet - it's great!
Molly 26th Aug 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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Great ideas, Susan! It really can be a struggle. I've also notified the charge nurse of the daily activities so that she could bring it up in their morning meeting.
Molly 26th Aug 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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Hey Heather, Thank you for sharing your experience. It is moments like the one you described that blur the lines between the quality of care our residents receive. You were right to speak up, and the resident's in the States have the right (federally mandated!!) to choose their own schedule. The National Consumer Voice http://theconsumervoice.org is a great resource to explain resident rights and how to contact your local ombudsman. We are all working in senior living to support the resident not control them. While the experience of working with unknowledgeable staff members can sometimes be challenging, it is people like YOU we need!!
Molly 22nd Aug 2018 Activity Professional & Writer

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A dog show sounds like so much fun, Angie! Congratulations on your new role and kudos that you are branching out to larger activities! Here are a few thoughts: Have the residents choose the categories (i.e., best tail wag), have the staff walk the dogs on the leash as they do on TV, 3. Take a ton of pictures and create a memory board after the event! 4. In preparation, maybe make dog biscuits in a cooking group. Can't wait to hear how it goes!
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