It is so important to bring awareness to dementia related diseases because there is not yet a cure, but early diagnosis can help improve the life of people with dementia and their families. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, being the 6th leading cause of death in United States. Although it is true that memory loss can happen more frequently as we age, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, those with dementia show significant impairment of two of the below items.
Communication and language
Ability to focus and pay attention
Reasoning and judgment
Dementia related diseases like Alzheimer’s alter the communication between brain cells causing mental, emotional, physical and behavioral changes. This is much more than just forgetting things as we age. It is important to monitor aging loved ones for changes in their behavior and bring them to see a doctor early on, since most cases of dementia start slowly and progress. Continue reading →
Collaborative art projects offer a group the opportunity to create a lasting project that each individual participates in. Creating a collaborative art piece takes patience, respect, teamwork, and helps to build a community. We encourage you to integrate these 4 ideas into your creative process. Continue reading →
Armed Forces Day is the day that we honor those who are currently serving in our military (unlike Veterans Day where we honor those who used to serve, or Memorial Day where we honor those who have given their lives while serving). Here are a few ideas from notjustbingo.com to try out with your residents on Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 21st.
Begin the day by recruiting volunteers to help you decorate by placing red, white, and blue balloons throughout your facility. Balloons are the easiest and most inexpensive way to decorate, and having classic red, white, and blue balloons throughout will create an immediate and festive atmosphere. If you are looking for exterior decorations, place Continue reading →
Dementia Awareness Week is May 15th-21st. Provide reminiscing boxes for your staff members and volunteers to use for sensory activities or one-on-one visits with your residents with dementia. Check out these great ideas from notjustbingo.com.
Simple Reminiscing Boxes to Create for Your Residents With Dementia
Garden Box: Fill the container with herbs or seed packets for residents to plant. In addition, include small tools and garden gloves for residents to show you how to use them. Use mini flower pots for residents to plant a few of the seeds.
Sewing Box: Supply a variety of colored thread for residents to reminisce about their sewing days. Use a thimble and pin cushion for demonstrations, and include a Continue reading →
Every year at S&S Worldwide, we have one week during October that is called Customer Service Week! This week is all about giving back to our customers, as well as our internal customers (employees of S&S). During this week there are games that are played in between business and you get an opportunity to receive tickets and win a large range of items!
I happened to be the lucky winner of our Sound Spa Relaxation System! This was an item that I have always wanted because I constantly have issues with falling asleep. I noticed that if I had some background noise, it was much easier to fall asleep. This machine offers six different sounds to listen to (White Noise, Ocean, Summer Night, Thunder, Rain, and Brook), with the White Noise being my favorite! There’s an easily adjustable volume setting so you can choose how loud or quiet you wish it to be. Not only tare you able to adjust volume easily, but it also has an optional timer with an automatic shut-off, so it doesn’t have to play all night wasting energy. You can either plug it into your outlet, or it has an option to use AA batteries if you would like to take it with you somewhere!
This prize has really been a gift for me. If falling asleep is an issue for you or if you need a sound machine for any other reason, I highly suggest this item for it’s functionality and simplicity! I highly suggest checking this sound system out and you can decide for yourself what you think!