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Canada’s first ‘dementia village’ set to open its doors

Inspired by a Dutch housing project known as Hogewyk, which is the world’s first “dementia village”, Canada’s first dementia village project is opening in Langley this July. These dementia villages create a safe, secure environment for wandering seniors that reduce their chance of becoming confused and overwhelmed. Seniors can move around freely, visit stores, neighbors,…
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Reflecting on Our Approaches to Dementia

More and more of our residents are faced with some form of dementia. Even as the incidences of dementia are dropping (better control of vascular dementia because of better control of hypertension, cholesterol, and lower incidence of diabetes), the prevalence of the disease is rising in terms of sheer quantity (population growth, increased life expectancy,…
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Expanding Your Community – From the Inside Out

In our previous post, we commented on how we, as recreationists, can become totally absorbed in programming for our immediate community of residents or clients. Just as we must challenge ourselves to bring the community into our homes, we must look for ways to immerse our residents in their broader community beyond our walls. The…
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Expanding Your Community – From the Outside In

As recreationists working it various care and service settings, we can become totally absorbed in programming for our immediate community of residents or clients. As advocates for engagement and normalization, we must challenge ourselves to look beyond our organizations, and recognize that we, and our residents, are part of a larger community beyond the walls…
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After unanimous vote, Toronto council to plan for emotion-focused care in all city-run nursing homes

New strategies focused on promoting successful engagement with residents living with dementia are emerging every day. Regardless of the process or philosophy, ActivityPro continues to serve as the “go to” resource for documenting the resident experience in the Home. So whether the Home is following Eden, Montessori, Greenhouse, Validation or Butterfly methods, or other support…
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Easter Activity Ideas for Seniors

With Easter just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to put a list of ideas together of things you can do with the residents at your home. Easter and Spring Themed Games Put an Easter Twist on Bingo: Find some Easter or spring themed bingo boards online or have your residents decorate…
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Getting Down to the Details for Departmental Reviews/Inspections

Do you sometimes wish others would just leave you and your staff alone, so you could get on with interacting with your residents, and provide great programs for them? Sure you do. However, like everyone in the care process, we are accountable. So whether it is your manager, your care team, family members or inspectors,…
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For Older Adults, Sense of Control Tied to Feeling Younger

A study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B found older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, reports ScienceDaily. The researchers recruited 116 older adults and 107 younger adults to fill out a daily survey for eight consecutive days, to evaluate their daily stresses, physical…
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Guest Blogger – Activity Director Shares a Success Story about Pet Therapy in her Home

I am the Activity Director in a small Skilled Nursing Facility in Texas. We have many Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents, in varying stages. We recently had the privilege of having a beautiful 3-year-old beagle in our facility named Rudy. This was the first time we have had a large therapy animal come to us. We…
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The Benefits and Balance of Tracking Self Directed Activities

As a recreationist, you are committed to providing a wide range of programs that are relevant to your residents’ needs and interests. At the same time, many of your clients also engage in other leisure time pursuits that are not on your calendar (we call them self directed activities) – and that is fantastic. Some…
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