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Gift Appeal

How about a way to encourage your clients to help others this Christmas by collecting gifts for the  Salvation Army Gift Appeal? Captain Tracy Briggs of Menai Salvos says “The important thing is that for our Christmas gifts we rather that they be new items and it would be great if they could be labelled … Continue reading

Nursing and Medical Museum

 How about a bus trip to the Nursing and Medical Museum in Little Bay, Sydney? It occupies a ward that was once part of the Prince Henry Hospital at Little Bay. It has a rich history – built in the 1800’s at some away from the city, to treat patients with infectious diseases including smallpox, tuberculosis, bubonic plague … Continue reading

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

India Day!

Namaste!! Indian National Day this week! Here’s my rough plan: Decorate: with printed out Indian flags and streamers of green and orange for the flag colours and plenty of battery operated candles. You can of course find flags online as well as pictures of well known Indian sights/people. (E.g the Taj Mahal, Ghandi, Rudyard Kipling, … 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

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

Israel Day

Recently held Israeli Day for a client of mine who grew up in Israel – people seem to be a bit divided on the date, many seem  to say it’s the 8th May; according to Wikipedia, “The Israeli Declaration of Independence (Hebrew: הכרזת העצמאות‎, Hakhrazat HaAtzma’ut or Hebrew: מגילת העצמאות‎ Megilat HaAtzma’ut), was made on … 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 Reality of Reality Orientation

Yesterday afternoon in the secure unit for people with dementia, Betty* had been wandering around looking for a specialist for about an hour, asking everyone she saw where she should go to see the specialist for her appointment. I was doing other things so told her a few times that the specialist wouldn’t be in … Continue reading