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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 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Implicit and Explicit Bias in Senior Care

Thank you, Antoinette! Your feedback means a great deal.
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Implicit and Explicit Bias in Senior Care

Thank you, Janis! So happy you are here.
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Implicit and Explicit Bias in Senior Care

Hi Darla, I'm so glad you referenced the Client Center Model. The switch can take time but including and acknowledging caregiver bias is one of the first steps! Thank you.
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Implicit and Explicit Bias in Senior Care

Thank you, Salena! I'm so happy to hear that you will share. I completely agree with you - we need to work to change these preconceptions but when we do it changes the caregiving experience for the better!
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Implicit and Explicit Bias in Senior Care

Hi Kaimraj, you make an excellent point! So many holidays are left uncelebrated in care homes because they aren't celebrated by the majority. Knowing the cultures and backgrounds of our residents is an excellent way to ensure everyone is included. Thank you for your comment!
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Forum

Hi Catherine,

Here is a men's group article from Golden Carers https://www.goldencarers.com/mens-group-/3498/.

Here is a more general article from Golden Carers with Activity ideas for the Baby Boomer generation https://www.goldencarers.com/activities-for-the-baby-boomer-generation-/4422/.

If possible, they may also enjoy going out to eat or to a sports game.
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Forum

Hi Jocelyn,

We've used a card system before and while the residents liked it because they received bigger prizes and gave them something to look forward to so attendance went up a lot of residents forgot or lost their card and the residents that needed a bit more assistance sometimes lost out on submitting their card in. If you have this system I would recommend also keeping track of the cards if not for all the residents for the ones you know may need a bit more help.

Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

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Hi Raylene,

Here are some trivia game options from Golden Carers https://www.goldencarers.com/trivia/.

I like to provide trivia after morning exercise or during the early afternoon. Individual's living with Dementia are typically the most engaged during the morning.
Molly 21st Apr 2019 Activity Professional & Writer

Forum

I agree with Susan, Russell! For resident's, I always provide resident rights trivia because in the US there are federal guidelines. Reviewing them with the residents always seems to empower them. But, the staff development idea that Susan provided is right on! It is just as important that Staff is trained and even better if it is done through an activity.
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