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6 ways to Successfully Communicate Non-Verbally with Dementia Residents

Communication is an essential part in enhancing the quality of life, especially for dementia residents. Dementia creates challenges for how people understand what is being communicated to them, along with being able to express themselves to others. This language deterioration … Continue reading

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Recent Studies Suggest Weaning off Antipsychotics for Seniors with Dementia

Often times individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia are prescribed antipsychotics to assist in treating behavioral and psychological symptoms, but are the medications prescribed more beneficial than not? Earlier studies conducted have made connections between antipsychotics and … Continue reading

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5 Activity Programs for Short Term Rehab Patients

All Activity directors that serve short term rehab residents know how challenging and difficult it can be getting them involved activities outside of therapy. The question is can you blame them? These residents’ primary goals are to participate in the … Continue reading

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How much do you know about Brain health?

Many of us have heard that physical exercise, proper amount of sleep are great ways to enhance the way your brain functions. But there are probably a few facts about the brain you didn’t know! Let’s find out how well your brain … Continue reading

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7 Steps to Cover Activity Calendar Basics

With January quickly coming to a close, many Nursing communities are preparing for their annual state survey. To make sure your Activity Programs are covering the needs of your residents, review these basic programs to consider when creating your monthly … Continue reading

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7 Food Centered Programs, With a Purpose to Enhance Memory!

Sometimes it can be hard coming up with new and creative cooking group and social programs, especially in a setting or community where there are varying levels of cognitive function between residents. May we suggest trying to take a new … Continue reading

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Activity Directors!

Many people do their best to make New Year’s resolutions that will help improve their life. Well why not take a step further and make resolutions for your job that will help improve your resident’s lives as well? The concept … Continue reading

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3 Holiday Craft Ideas for Residents with Dementia

Often times finding holiday crafts to make with Alzheimer’s or dementia residents can be difficult. The degree of difficulty, and tools used in some crafts will need to vary depending upon ones cognitive function levels. Many holiday crafts may not … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Assist with Wandering Residents

It is known by many that when working in Long Term Care communities there are many occasions where residents tend to begin to wander. Many of these residents may have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, or they may even … Continue reading

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5 Important Notes on Intergenerational Programs

In society a natural gap in understanding can be seen between generations. This gap can be seen among parents and children, children and adults, and even grandparents and children. Finding connections between these generations is something that will reap benefits … Continue reading

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