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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

Wimbledon

Wimbledon’s this week! We’re having a special afternoon tea – we’ll have strawberries and cream and (non-alcoholic) champagne out of champagne flutes. We’ll decorate the room with pictures of famous Aussie tennis players and prompt discussion from there.  We’re also playing the  2007 film Wimbledon later that afternoon. 

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.…

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Great opportunity for a theme week. We’ll be making bunting, writing to the Queen (click graphic above for info) holding a high tea (with twinings tea and cucumber sandwiches), holding a garden party (with cream tea), having a British Quiz afternoon, reminiscing about the royal family, playing croquet, eating a roast dinner with yorkshire puddings and … 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

Dancing

What? Dancing Who? Anyone! Why? Not only is it fun, it is good exercise too! University of Sydney researchers are currently undergoing a research project with thirteen different aged care facilities in Sydney. They believe that regular dancing could reduce falls by up to 37%! Researcher Dr Merom says “Dance is a complex sensory motor … Continue reading