It’s amazing how intergenerational connection can reach beyond cognition and help people connect emotionally, playfully, and through joy. Please take a moment to watch this incredible video, The Toddlers who took on Dementia, (on facebook) illustrating the power of play and connection between children and those living with dementia. It’s a delightful depiction of the power of creativity and emotional well-being. It will warm your heart and make you smile!
Here’s a fun twist on regular flower arrangements!
One of our Sage care assistants gathered a cup, small artificial flowers and leaves, a few pink bears and a small dish of rocks. Using hot glue, she worked with her client to create a beautiful flower arrangement, being “poured from a cup”. Creativity, meaning and purpose combined with imagination and teamwork makes for many joyful moments!
(We recommend always being mindful and using caution with hot glue guns.)
When Lenny, Ireland’s first dementia friendly barber shows up at assisted living communities with his jukebox of oldies, his customers get more than just a haircut or a shave. See more about this heart of service from BBC Three and Amazing Humans.
The barber helping men with dementia relive their younger lives.
Posted by BBC Three on Saturday, March 24, 2018
Find exercise and inspiration through exploring unusual destinations. On a rainy day, an airport can provide hours of walking, exploring and meeting people from all over the world!
On a particularly dreary day, one of our Activity Specialist’s invited a client to join her for a special day, “Mrs. Jones, let’s pretend we are going on a great get away as we explore the airport.” Mrs. Jones was “blown away” by how clean, large and the sleek design of the airport.
Together they walked the pre-boarding area and spoke to several TSA agents along the way. The environment brought up many new memories of past excursions. They even toured the exhibits sprinkled throughout the pre-boarding area, before arriving in the SFO museum and library.
The room was gorgeous and well worth the efforts to find. Mrs. Jones shared “I feel like we traveled back in time! This is luxury. I remember these ads…” as they explored the model aircrafts, paintings, books and poster Ad displays. It was a surprisingly smooth and relaxing experience, to which Mrs. Jones even stated “this could be our new rainy day walk! It’s so clean!”
“Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind”, says 92 year old yoga professor Dr. Bali.
Enjoy the brilliance of Dr. Bali and his perspective on celebrating life, posted by Extraordinary People.
A 92-year-old yoga master has a secret for staying young — going to raves! http://nyp.st/2oQlCPS
Posted by Extraordinary People on Friday, March 2, 2018
At 102 Years Old This Woman is Breaking Racing Records and Doesn’t Plan on Stopping.
“I’m a nice example of what you can do for yourself and I thank God everyday for my blessings”. Ida Keeling
See her story here:
102-year-old Ida Keeling is still setting world records—and isn't afraid to add some cognac to her coffee.
Posted by Runner's World on Wednesday, March 14, 2018
“TimeSlips Creative Storytelling” is one of our favorite ways to encourage and allow our clients to express themselves in words. This activity was developed by Prof. Anne Basting, a winner of the “MacArthur Genius Grant”. It opens storytelling and creative writing to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. Here’s a recent example of a poem created by one of our clients, after enjoying the sensory stimulation of a magnificent rose, and talking with our activity specialist about a vintage photo of a girl holding a rose:
When asked what he would like to call the poem, he replied, “Happiness”.
What story or poem would YOU make up about this photo? There are no wrong answers!
“When I retired I wanted to show everyone that I wasn’t on the scrapheap” – meet Ken Small, the 84-year-old who’s never had an art lesson but painted a life-size replica of a Canaletto masterpiece.
For Ken’s full and incredibly inspiring story, visit