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Category: Stories

Bringing the Community to Long Term Care During COVID Times

It’s nice to see and share some heartwarming, uplifting stories during this unprecedented time. Last week the inaugural Village Fair visited the Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown Indiana. During a typical year, residents are taken to the nearby fairgrounds to enjoy the annual fair but it was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. The assisted…
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Creating Excitement and Memories in Challenging Times

As the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across North America it’s becoming more of a priority to protect our vulnerable residents that live in elder care homes. Most homes have implemented strict no visitor, lockdown policies to keep residents safe and healthy. Part of this new normal is the implementation of social distancing measures which includes…
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Physical activity may stop aging brains from shrinking, study shows

This article looks at the importance of being physically active, which may keep your brain four years younger than the rest of you. This might help prevent or slow the progression of dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. “We recently published a paper using information of both current and past physical activity and found they…
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Assisted Living Keeping Up with Changing Population Needs

This article explores how assisted living senior facilities are keeping up with the changing population needs as the aging baby boomers begin to need an increase with supportive living needs. The aging population is living longer, are more physically able, and more connected with technology than ever before. With the changing needs of our aging…
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February is Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month

ActivityPro would like to recognize the hard work of the thousands of Recreation Therapists across North America that use our tool to improve the lives and well-being of their residents/clients. The Recreation Therapists that use ActivityPro every day to track, manage, and improve their programs will be the first to tell you how valuable it…
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Canadian WW II vets to visit Italy to commemorate the Italian Campaign

This CBC article details how Edmond Arsenault, 97, will be visiting Italy for the first time since WW II. Next week, he and 14 others will fly to Italy as part of an official Canadian delegation to participate in several ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign. Click here to read the full…
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How Urban Design Can Help People with Dementia

As waitlists for care facilities grow longer and more people with dementia are choosing to live within their own communities, urban planning and design will play an increasingly important role in helping them live safe, comfortable and independent lives. Exercise and social interaction are “incredibly important” for people living with dementia, says Samantha Biglieri, an…
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The Tokyo Rugby Club Keeping Elderly Players Healthy

In Japan, which hosted the Rugby World Cup last month, 150 clubs stage competitive matches for players above the age of 40 – and Tokyo’s Fuwaku Rugby Club has three over-90s. Of Japan’s 120,000 rugby players, about 10,000 are over the age of 40. Although these elderly players are putting themselves at risk for broken…
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August is National Family Fun Month!

In the spirit of “National Family Fun Month” we wanted to share some ideas of activities that can be done with older, and sometimes less mobile, members of your family.  We get so caught up in our day-to-day busyness that sometimes we forget to carve out quality time with those we love the most. The…
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The Cruelty Of Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ Or ‘Honey’

This article looks at how we can sometimes use age to define people and our tendency to associate stereotypes of incompetence, debilitation, and dependency. This can lead to one of the most damaging of the discriminating behaviors of ageism — we start treating older adults like children. One of the examples they use is calling…
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