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Janaya 28th May 2017

Posted in Balloon tennis

To further spice up this motor activity. I tossed three balloons, at varying intervals, and all of the same colour, into the circle. Any balloon within reach was "fair game" the result was hilarious laughter and controlled 'chaos' - with balloons shooting everywhere.
At first, I threw in balloons of all different colours, but found our dementia patients could only focus on and track one coloured balloon.
Tossing in one then.. two, then... three of the same colour,
solved the problem fantastically.
Peggy 28th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

Thank you both. The Activities for Seniors Facebook page is a fantastic resource and I shall also pose the question there.
Susan 28th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

I have not used lavender oil on clothing but I have used it as part of aromatherapy with next results
Susan 28th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

If the resident is high functioning ask him what he would like to do
And adapt and modify the activities he's is suggesting if vision is an important part of the activity
Let me know what he says and I will help you adapt and modify the actively
Susan 28th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

Hi Morgan
I am guessing someone suggested this to the administrator without really checking out what's going on
You can do several things
Vote on it at a social or at a resident Council meeting
You can also invite family members and people from the community in general to one of your socials and have them socialize with residents who seem to be sitting there with no one to talk to

This could be a good marketing strategy
Many newspapers will let you put in short blurbs for free and you can invite the community to come to see your place
Along those lines you could invite the community when you were having entertainment
Susan 28th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

I like to play a modified version of "Name That Tune". Instead of playing music. say the song title word by word
For example
start be saying let see if anyone can name the song if not then
then say let me see if anyone can name the song if not then
then say let me call you see if anyone can name the song if not then
say the whole song title
Then you can sing the song
Let everyone have a turn
For non verbal residents ask a different resident if he knows what the non verbal resident is thinking
I also like simple dice and card games
Lindsey 27th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

We have a new client whose first language is Spanish. I am looking for ways that our team can modify our activities so that he is more comfortable in participating. We do have a bilingual staff member and volunteer. Any online resources for translated activities?

Thanks!
Estia Health 26th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

Hi Adriana,
We have a Wedding Wall, where Residents have given their photos to us and we frame them and have a beautiful display with old style wedding decorations displayed as well.
Kimberley 26th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

Qwirkle. I use it in my community and play it so they are just matching the color or the shape. They love this game. Hope this helps.
Amy 25th May 2017

Posted in Reminiscing with Vintage Photos

Hi,
Great resource! We would also be interested in British pictures.
Thanks so much,
Amy
Mary 25th May 2017

Posted in Cooking for Italian Day - Cannoli Dip

I am going to try this activity. I have been looking for easy cooking activities.
Lisa 25th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

I'm looking for suggestions for board games to play with people with low/moderate dementia.
I'm currently playing Monopoly Junior and Scrabble Junior. We play "regular" Yatzee, UNO, and Left Right Center.

I'd like to broaden my board game selection. Ideas that work well with a mixed group?

THANK YOU!
Morgan 25th May 2017

Posted in Look & Listen

We do this at my facility in Wisconsin as well. We call it Show and Tell a Story. We have had a resident bring down rosary beads that her niece who is a nun gave her that were blessed by the Pope, a resident brought down a gorgeous drawing that she had done as she is a well awarded artist. One resident brought down a pin of her mother's that had the birthstones of her and her siblings on it. Another brought their class picture from her one room schoolhouse and had us guess which one was her.
We also encourage staff to bring things to share as it lets the residents get more of a peek into the lives of the staff members that are caring for them daily.
Kimberley 24th May 2017

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I have little socials all the time and one of the most favorite things we do is "conversation ball". You can get one of these on S&S. It is a great conversation started and it adds elements of cognitive, and physical as well. Hope this helps.
Kimberley 24th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

I need some help. I have a resident who is legally blind in one eye and can't see very well in the other. This resident has Alzheimer's; however is very high functioning. I need activities that I can do that can also work for my other residents. Remember I have a mixed population as it relates to their functioning levels. Anyone out there have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
marilyn 24th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

Thankyou Talita..
Maggie 24th May 2017

Posted in Down Memory Lane with Autograph Books

I had this session this morning with my residents and it was a huge success. One of my residents still has her autograph book and showed it to me this afternoon. It was given to her by her mother in 1934. What a wonderful memory to have for herself and to pass onto her family. We are going to use this idea for a craft session as well.
Thanks for the great idea.
marilyn 24th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

Someone posted a link to Scouts with regards to more read aloud stories, can't find it. Can anyone help please?
Morgan 24th May 2017

Posted on the Forum

One thing that I have found that works with a lot of lady residents is hand massage with a lightly scented lotion and painting their fingernails. Also I have a collection of books that have short stories about animals in them that residents enjoy.