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Le 14 Juillet – Bastille Day!

Bastille Day, France’s national holiday on July 14, is seen as the symbol of the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the First Republic. It was on July 14 in 1789 that the angry French mob stormed the Bastille Prison in Paris, which triggered the French Revolution that toppled King Louis XVI and … Continue reading

Knitting For a Cause

Winter’s definitely settled in—and so is the need for something extra to keep Sydney street dwelling residents warm. At my facility, I have a lot of keen knitters and a bottomless bag of donated wool and knitting needles, so we’re knitting scarves and beanies for a project run by our organisation which provides a safe space for people … Continue reading

Olympics Crafts

Just a little inspiration for those scratching their heads trying to work out some sort of Olympic themed craft. Click the pictures to find out more info on each. Pipe Cleaner Craft My vision for this would be using just gold or silver pipecleaners. Bit more sophisicated if I can use pipe cleaner and sophisitacted in such close … 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.…

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

Impressionist Works

So I facilitated a watercolour painting session with a group of people with dementia. We used impressionist works and it worked really well. See these links for some good Van Gogh: http://www.supercoloring.com/wp-content/original/2009_10/Sunflowers-by-Vincent-Van-Gogh-coloring-page.jpg http://practicalpages.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/tracing-outlines-of-famous-art-works/ Alternatively, a quick Google images search (selecting line drawing in the options) will find you Renoir, Monet, Manet, Cezanne… Here’s an example of a … Continue reading