Perservere and Succeed

Perservere and succeed was the school motto when my children went to Junior School and somehow it resonated with me probably more than it did with my children. I find as I work with residents with cognitive issues I am saying that to myself more and more. In the past few weeks however that perserverence has led to a breakthrough with one of our residents in our Memory Care community that I would like to share with you.P. a male resident with early onset dementia, a twenty year navy veteran has

The Online Dementia Journal Needs Your Help

Hey PAC Team – we are looking for some folks who have experience working with people who are living with Lewy Body. Is this you or someone you know that might be willing to share for an upcoming Journal article?We are wanting to hear/share more on the importance of permission to facilitate guidance and help with ADLs without making it feel like an intrusion. Also – developing a strong relationship that would allow a “friend” to notice and support when a family member or professional would not be

Inter generational music therapy unites toddlers and seniors at Guelph nursing home

‘I don’t know what’s better, seeing the look on the babies’ faces or on the honorary grandmas and grandpas’Feb 1, 2018 12:55 PM by: Tony Saxon/ Guelph today.comMusic and some super cute toddlers are being used in an inter generational music therapy program at a Guelph long-term care facility.It sees moms bring in their young children to share time, space and music with seniors, benefiting both sides of the age spectrum.The eight-week program is taking place at The Village of Riverside Glen’s

Dealing with Challenging Situations

In the last few weeks, I have received three reports from the nursing home where my dad lives, regarding his “aggressive behavior”. Each time, the nurse begins the call with “there was an incident with your dad this morning.” It almost always continues with “the staff person was trying to help him get dressed or was taking him to the shower, and he hit her.” When I ask for more information such as “What did she say?” or “How did she approach him?” the answer is “well, I don’t know, I just know

Non Verbal Communication

Non-Verbal CommunicationWe all have a concept in mind when we talk about non-verbal communication and I am sure that most of us think in terms of “Body Language”. Whether it be expressions, smiles, movement, hugs, hand gestures or miming.We might also think of non-verbal communication in writings or simple drawings that depict what we are trying to say or others are trying to communicate to us. Or in having a chart that can be pointed to that shows us what someone is trying to tell us.A few

Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping

Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.By Mayo Clinic StaffThe holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Linked to Dementia

I Found this article and thought is would be a good topic for this week, being Veterans Day. It is a amazing what stress does to our Hippo-campus.By Salynn Boyles FROM THE WEBMD ARCHIVES June 7, 2010Study Shows Veterans With PTSD More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s Later in Life.Older veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) are almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementia’s as veterans without PTSD, a study shows.The study is among the

Virtual Reality Devices For Persons Living With Dementia

This idea came from a letter sent to Leslie Finkley. I am sharing two articles about what is being offered. It is worth the time to read each article, personally I found them fascinating. You be the judge and then share your own personal experiences with this technology or thoughts. Here is the original question: I have been reading about virtual reality for PLWA. Mixed feelings and not able to find a video that would demonstrate what the resident would see. One of our local assisted livings

Whats In A Name?

We are now moving into the era of Person Centered Care, and we all know the importance of Life Stories and knowing the personhood of the residents in our care, especially in our Memory Care Communities. Whats in a name? This may seem a simple question but how many of us really know what a person wants to be known as? Do we know that of all our residents?The importance of this was brought home to me when a friend who used to be a member of the same Homemakers Club that I once belonged to, told me

5 Things I learned from a PAC Workshop

I recently had the opportunity to attend the very first workshop of a PAC Trainer who was an attendee of the Trainer Certification course in Antigonish, Nova Scotia earlier this summer. I was thrilled that she invited me to attend. It was an honor to be part of someone else’s PAC journey and to witness her desire to make a difference for persons with dementia and their care partners.Here are five things I learned that day:1. It is fun to be a learner in a PAC workshop! It was the first time I