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Positive Peer Re-Enforcement

Positive Peer Re-Enforcement

I have a resident that is so soft spoken it is almost impossible to understand what she is saying. In the past when she spoke it was completely undistinguishable.  Even speech therapy had stopped working with her. However, her roommate is very patient with her.  She coaxes and encourages her to speak in a manner that is kind and caring. Lately, I’ve noticed that this sweet lady is speaking more distinctly and louder. It’s amazing what a little encouragement and…

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Power of Touch

Power of Touch

I have several residents that are difficult to reach and many people don’t even try to get to know them.  I feel as if they are the ones missing out. One way to reach out to a bed bound, hard of hearing or comatose patient is through the power of touch. Just a hand on their arm a squeeze of the hand a hand massage a stroke of their upper arm a pat of their foot These are all ways…

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7 Tips for Planning Activities for Alzheimer’s

7 Tips for Planning Activities for Alzheimer’s

Working with Alzheimer’s patients, I am often challenged.  How do I find activities that are enjoyable and engaging for my residents? Some tips to keep in mind are: Focus on the enjoyment of the activity and not the results. I had one lady that would play checkers with me.  This mainly meant moving the pieces around the board.  We made up the rules as we went along.  Yet, she was enjoying herself so that’s all that mattered. Be aware of…

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8 Simple Activities for Alzheimer’s

8 Simple Activities for Alzheimer’s

Even simple things are enjoyable for someone with Alzheimer’s. Often they can do these and there is not a lot of stress or expectation in these activities. This can include: Singing a song Clapping hands Playing with a baby doll Having an ice cream cone Enjoying a hand or shoulder massage Having a special treat A visit from a loved one Time with a child or pet While this may seem very simple for us, for a person with Alzheimer’s…

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10 Memory Stimulating exercises

10 Memory Stimulating exercises

Stimulating the mind and memory are great tools for dementia and Alzheimer’s patient.  Even in the most advanced stages they can do simple task. The interest and ability of each person is different, however some suggestions are: Checkers Tic tac toe Cards—Uno, Old Maid, etc. Puzzles—even if it is the simple 10 piece puzzle Word Search Puzzles Fill in the Blanks—we will take a familiar hymn, song or piece of scripture and remove 1-2 words to allow the patient to…

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The importance of Fellowship and Outings in the Elderly

The importance of Fellowship and Outings in the Elderly

We all need fellowship with our friends and peers. I’ve met some families that long to constantly take family members out.  I’ve met other family members that refuse to take their family members out, although it is enjoyable for that person. There are instances when it is not possible to have outings, such as if the person is bed bound. However, short outings are encouraged for the elderly. Doing so gets them out and about and allows them to interrupt…

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Caregiving Monday: 10 Activities for sensory stimulation with dementia

Caregiving Monday: 10 Activities for sensory stimulation with dementia

Are you looking for ideas for sensory stimulation with your loved one that has dementia? If you’re not sure what I mean, sensory stimulation uses the five senses of sight, touch, hearing, taste and feel to hopefully evoke positive emotions. I’ve discussed numerous activities with music, but what are some others that can be completed? Hand massage or shoulder massage—these are always a big hit when we do them in the nursing facility where I work. {touch} Relaxation satchel—these don’t…

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