Banjo Paterson was an Australian bush poet, journalist and author. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, including Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River.
One of my colleagues had the great idea to try "Choose Your Own Adventure Books" with the residents. I tried it one afternoon and they loved it!
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Famous inventions and innovations to learn about during Black History Month.
A reminiscing magazine for every day in February!
A reminiscing magazine for every day in January! Enjoy a full page of information about every day of the year, including important historical events, short bios, jokes, quotes, and fun brain teasers.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor. He is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Here is a short story about the birth of Jesus to share.
Hanukkah holiday honors the struggle of the Jewish people to restore the Temple of Jerusalem.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, visited Sydney, Australia in the late 19th century (1895) while on a world-wide lecture tour. This is a concise excerpt from his travelogue "Following the Equator".
Here is some interesting trivia about well-known personalities who are also teachers!
Our lives have been made easier by countless brilliant minds bringing forward inventions perceived as 'impossible'. Some were handsomely rewarded and others did not receive the recognition they deserved.
Here is some interesting trivia regarding the history of the necktie.
Here are two short stories to share about forgiveness.
Prayers are a wonderful theme for reminiscing. Encourage your clients to share bedtime prayers from their childhood. Here are a few prayers for inspiration.
Enjoy a short biography of the life of Frédéric François Chopin, Polish composer and virtuoso pianist.
Qantas is a national icon worthy of celebration. Here is a short version of the Qantas story.
Some statistics from the year 1915.
Only one hundred years ago!
One hundred years ago Australia was only 14 years out of federation; a very young nation indeed! Let’s reflect on how things were different in 1915.
Robert Burns is considered the national poet of Scotland. Also known as the ‘Bard of Ayrshire’, he was also a lyricist and songwriter.
An audience participation story engages the audience in the story. It is a fun activity that promotes focus and creativity. Clients may repeat a word or phrase throughout the story: sing, gesture, or act.
Open-ended stories provide a creative way to engage clients in a story. Read a short story where the ending in inconclusive or incomplete. Clients may speculate how the story can continue, or how the problem can be solved. Write client answers on a white board and read them out at the end of the activity.
Read Along books for dementia residents
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Who knew wind could be so interesting!
An interesting story on why Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States decided to grow a beard.
6 people share their memories of how they were first introduced to television. Use this as a starting point to generate your own discussion and reminiscing session.
Ask clients if they have a pirate/sailor story to share and find out what they know about pirates and piracy. You may have an ex-sailor among your clients that could contribute with a few stories. Here is a pirate story to start with.
Swansea Jack was a black retriever who was reported to have saved at least 27 people from the most dangerous river in Wales.
The famous tale of the goggled dog.
Composer and pianist Ludwig Van Beethoven is considered by many as the greatest composer of all time.
Profiles on some inspiring female inventors. A wonderful reminiscing activity for seniors!
Matthew Flinders was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer. He was the first person to circumnavigate the island-continent of Australia.
You have to be a certain age to appreciate this one.
I can hear my mother now...
For those born before 1940!
You were born before television, before penicillin, antibiotics, polio shots, frozen foods...
This short story provides a reminiscing and nostalgia activity for seniors. On February 3, 1959 three young rock & roll musicians died in a plane crash in Iowa, USA. The date is often dubbed as 'The day the music died'
December 21 2013 marked the Centenary of the Crossword. The game has been called "the most popular and widespread word game in the world".
The indigenous people of Southern Africa are known as 'Bushmen'. They are one of the oldest inhabitants of Africa, where they have lived for the past 20,000 years.
This is a sweet true story about a dog's determination to get home after falling overboard from a boat.
The history of this famous man is a wonderful and uplifting tale to share.
Charles Lindbergh II was an American aviator and writer who crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the first time, non-stop in 1927.
On November 28 1520, Ferdinand Magellan discovered a navigable sea route through South America, this passage became known as the Straight of Magellan.
Here are two short biographies of famous peace-makers Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
Here are 3 beautiful Dreamtime stories to share during Naidoc week.
Read this article to your residents and encourage them to reminisce about historically significant events that occurred during the month of October.
Here are some interesting stories about famous cat lovers to help you celebrate World Animal Day.