Posted in March 2012


So my residents made bunting recently. It was quite fun and lots of residents got involved, plus it was a good way to use up a surplus of fabric scraps. There are lots of fancy ways one can make it, and the purists would shudder at our methods perhaps, but it was easy as anything and looked … Continue reading

Relative Mailing List

Here’s an easy way to keep relatives informed of coming events and activities – why not create a Lifestyle Department mailing list? Relatives (and tech savvy residents!) could receive weekly programmes, newsletters and information about up coming special events to their email inbox.

Crossword Puzzles

How about a group crossword puzzle session? I facilitated one today with a small group of residents with dementia after a current affairs discussion session. Worked well and I’ll admit that they put me to shame on a few of the answers. I had clients with varying cognitive and physical abilities; most were chatty and eager … Continue reading

Words with the Elderly

Why Scrabble? Dave Schimoda,  says “There are many  health benefits; the mental concentration required to puzzle through different word options in Scrabble also puts the brain into a meditative state much like taking a class of yoga or meditating. Taking this time to deliberately relax and engage in some mental exercise is a great way … Continue reading

Teaching Grandmother to Eat Eggs

Below is just a good little article about why it’s important to eat eggs. Nice little filler for an Easter themed April newsletter or a morning tea chat. 10 facts about eggs 1.    Eggs contain 11 different vitamins and minerals. 2.    Eggs have the highest nutritional quality protein of all food sources. 3.    The … Continue reading

Button Tree Autumn Craft

For me, there are three essential criteria a craft needs to fulfil; it needs to look adult, as in not childish, it needs to be fail proof and the resources need to be easy to put my hands on. The following craft seems to tick all of these boxes, AND it relates to the season. Hooray … Continue reading

To be sure, to be sure

St Patrick’s Day. Classic aged care celebration day. So what’s it all about? St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was born in Wales about AD 385. Far from being a saint, until he was 16, he considered himself a pagan. At that age, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders … Continue reading

International Women’s Day

Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities and women’s groups around the world celebrate this day and it’s also a great day to … Continue reading