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Karen

Lifestyle assistant From South Australia, Australia


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Karen 10th Oct 2014 Lifestyle assistant

Remembrance Day Celebration

The Remembrance Day program is excellent, thank you.
Karen 30th Sep 2014 Lifestyle assistant

Doll Therapy and Dementia

During a singing session I often pass the lifelike baby doll around the group, the residents singing to the "baby". It creates a positive atmosphere and feelings of contentment. What can be more natural than the desire to hold and cuddle a baby, which brings back so many memories for residents. No point analyzing the "therapy", just enjoy the moment.
Karen 10th Sep 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Music and singing works very well to connect with a non-verbal resident. Hold their hands and sing an old song to them, such as "You are my Sunshine". You may find the resident smiling, joining in with a word or two of the chorus, or shaking hands in time with music. Good luck.
Karen 9th Sep 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Try giving everyone a baby doll to nurse during singing sessions, it has a soothing effect.
Karen 9th Sep 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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We separate the tables into Café style, 4-6 seats per table, tablecloth and centre candle (battery-operated). A few card games on each table for residents. Finger food, background music, lucky door prizes. We also do themed happy hours, eg. middle-eastern theme with belly-dancers display.
Karen 9th Sep 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Hi Annemarie, you may be interested in Dr. Loretta Quinn, and her music for seniors CDs, including "Among my Souvenirs", also one for choirs. Check out her website.
Karen 9th Sep 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Did you know September 19th is International Talk like a Pirate Day? Great idea for a dress-up party!
Karen 16th Apr 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Chair Tai Chi is gentle exercise. You can purchase DVDs online.
Karen 22nd Mar 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Contented Rest - the Timeless Music of J S Bach, available from the online ABC shop, is sublime and gentle classical music.
Karen. SA
Karen 22nd Mar 2014 Lifestyle assistant

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Thank you for the super calendar of events. Avast, me hearties, you forgot to include 19th September - International Talk like a Pirate Day. Great day for dressing up in Pirate gear.
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