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Olympics 2012 Firsts

Did you know? London Olympic ‘firsts’ 20 Olympic firsts for the UK: In 2012, London will become the firstcity to have hosted the modern Olympic Games three times (1908, 1948 and 2012). Wenlock in Shropshire is where Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the IOC, firstdecided to create the modern Olympic Games when in … Continue reading

JulEYE

I like to make each July eye health month for my guys, partly because it rhymes nicely, partly because it’s something quite relevant to them and obviously something valuable to raise awareness of. At my place, an optometrist is coming in to conduct eye tests and my educator will speak about eye health. JulEYE is … Continue reading

Originally posted on Exploring Dementia:
1. Clip  coupons2. Sort poker chips3. Count tickets4. Rake leaves 5. Use the carpet sweeper 6. Read out loud 7. Bake cookies 8. Look up names in the phone book 9. Read the daily paper out loud 10. Ask someone with a child to visit 11.Listen to polka music 12.…

The Panel

Next week we’ll be having an event which we’re calling “The Panel,” based loosely on the TV programme of the same name.  I’ve asked our physio, our educator/RN, our chaplain and our pharmacist to sit on this panel and the ressies will have the opportunity to ask them questions – I’m anticipating mainly health and well … Continue reading

Parlez-Vous Français?

The other day, a client of mine flippantly commented that she would have loved to have learned French when she was younger. I smiled and told her that you’re never too old to learn. Languages are popular with the U3A and the Wesley Senior’s Learning, and after a little hunt on Google Scholar, I found that there’s a bit of … Continue reading

Writing to the Queen

You could get a group of residents to write a congratulatory letter to HRH. Her Majesty can be reached at the following address: Her Majesty The Queen Buckingham Palace London SW1A 1AA It’s ettiquete to  open with ‘Madam’. You close the letter with  ‘I have the honour to be, Madam, Your Majesty’s humble and obedient servant’. Find more … Continue reading

Ten things you may not know about HRH

1. The Queen was born at 17 Bruton St, London W1 on the 21st April, 1926. 2. In an average year, The Queen will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace. 3. The Queen learnt to drive in 1945. 4. With the birth of Prince Andrew … Continue reading

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