Tagged with social interaction

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

Sing the ‘Flus Away

I always like to have a few benefits of activities up my sleeves – I find that some ressies are quite interested in ‘the point’ and that it assists in motivation. Plus it can be helpful for motivating rec staff and reminding other staff in the multidisciplinary team that DT is more than just fun and … 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

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

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

One in two Australians will be diagnosed with Cancer before they turn 85. Get your ressies involved in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 24th May and encourage them to donate to the Cancer Council join the battle against cancer. Check your facilities policies on bringing food in first, but perhaps you could have a … Continue reading

National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week this week! Don’t forget to say thank you to the invaluable resource that are your volunteers! What better excuse for a special morning/ afternoon tea or BBQ. I once ran a BBQ breakfast which worked really well. The link below has some good certificate templates you can use if your organisation … 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