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New Virtual Reality Program for Seniors

We’re delighted to share some exciting news from one of ActivityPro’s clients, Ontario Center in Canandaigua, who recently invested in virtual reality technology for their residents. So far the program has been well received by residents enjoying the 360-degree headset which comes with several programs where residents can visit different countries or go under the…
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Are You Protected From Movie Night Copyright Infringement?

The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation changed their rules in 2016 and a lot of nursing homes are finding out the hard way about the implications to an all-time favorite activity: showing movies. Under the previous rules organizations like libraries, schools, and senior living facilities were exempt from requiring a license to show movies. Now that…
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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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The promise and pitfalls of using robots to care for the elderly

The following article discusses an ad for France’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity, which questions whether technology can substitute real human contact and caregiving? The ad follows a long term care resident, Claudine, throughout her day while the robot (B.E.N.) prepares her meals, provides her medications, and entertains her. The article looks at…
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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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