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Christmas decorationsWith the holidays approaching, every family is making plans, shopping for gifts and it’s thrilling!   Unfortunately, for many people such as seniors and residents, the holidays come with loneliness and isolation. Some might even feel disconnected. Festivities and camaraderie within the facility may soften everyone’s heart. Every year, dedicated staff members do their best to make of December month a special time for everyone.

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Elders singing in a choirSeniors and care homes do their best to brighten up the life of the residents and, once in a while, invite performers to their facilities to present a show. The amusement offered with these shows is a must and is often the distraction people are looking for in their days to keep the boredom away.

Even though those activities are quite well appreciated, the seniors are merely passive observers. Some will sing along, clap hands, even dance, but it is not really engaging nor empowering them.

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Beyond One’s Life Story

10/9/2018 10:00 AM

Seniors walking on a path

For several decades now, new residents have been welcomed into nursing homes with the perspective that thorough knowledge of each person’s illnesses and disabilities, as well as their life circumstances, is essential to their care. This information is viewed as vital to provide care and services taking into account their needs for support and adaptation, particularly in terms of communicating, recognizing individuals, memory, orientation in time and space, and perception of danger.

Later on, the personality, the culture, and the life story of each resident began to be considered. “Finally!” some said. This was indeed a crucial change that helped, and still helps, to reduce the incidence of difficult behaviour.

“But what else can be done?” we ask today, since there is room for improvement, to go further.

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Village Hogewey

Ageing and living rather than waiting to die is the philosophy behind the "Dementia Village", a nursing home for people living with dementia. In the 1990s, Yvonne Van Amerongen worked in a so-called traditional residence in the Netherlands; she was therefore at the forefront of the reality of seniors living in long-term care.

Wanting to offer an environment where everyone would like to spend the rest of their life, Amerongen teamed up with six of her colleagues. After more than a year of research, a promising idea emerged: building a long-term care facility where residents would live amongst other residents that lived with similar cognitive impairments. It was only 20 years later that their goal was finally reached: in December 2009 opened the first "Dementia Village", a mini-society where people with dementia lived with their peers while maintaining their dignity, their autonomy and their intimacy.

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With the end of summer comes harvests. Find here some activities under this theme.

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Cognitive Health

8/17/2018 9:52 AM

Elders couple with their grandchildren

There are multiple risk factors for dementia that are modifiable in order to reduce your risks of developing cognitive disorders. In the latest version of The Lancet, researchers attest that hypertension and obesity result in inflammation that impairs cognition. Diabetes, level of education, isolation, depression, hearing, smoking and physical inactivity are also well-established factors that can lead to dementia. 

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Spiral Tube Set (3)

7/27/2018 9:00 AM

spirales

This set of spiral tubes contains three large cylinders with a fat spherical colourful droplets that roll in a line down a spiral staircase.

Size: 5.90'' x 2''.

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Our new 63 pieces puzzle of Monet’s Garden depicts a springtime visit from artist Richard Harpum, perfect for sparking conversations with anyone with a love of nature. Give yourself a moment of relaxation and dive into Monet's coloured universe!

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The Power of Gardening

6/6/2018 9:52 AM

Gardening

It is recognized worldwide that nature and plants have a soothing and relaxing effect on people. How many find refuge in the woods when they need to refuel? A study in a seniors' residence in Finland shows a correlation between well-being and participation in institutional gardening activities.

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VeggiePops are THE new products you want to give your residents! Your elders will be able to exercise their sense of responsibility while enjoying the pleasure of taking care of their vegetables. These little lollipops, easy to plant and maintain, will remind your residents the pleasure of gardening and harvesting their own vegetables!

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Dementia Diaries

2/8/2017 3:09 PM

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I'm still here

5/4/2016 1:28 PM

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