Father’s Day is a special day to honor our dads and recognize all that they have done for us. Make the goal to be about showing your father love and admiration in a way that is personal and meaningful to him. If your dad is aging and has dementia, honor his limitations as well as his abilities and interests.
Does your dad love sports? Take him to a ball game! Be sure to think about parking and how to navigate the crowds in a way that will be most comfortable for him.
What kind of music does your dad like? Create a playlist with his favorites and watch him come to life! Music is such a powerful tool for everyone and can connect people as they listen, hum along, dance or reminisce together.
Bring family to him! Gathering with grandchildren and enjoying a backyard or park- with a cool shady tree and barbecue can be a priceless way to celebrate!
The most valuable thing you can give is time and undivided attention. Turn your cell phone off and leave open-ended time so Dad doesn’t feel rushed.
We hope you have a wonderful time and if you are so inspired, let us know how you celebrated your Father’s Day!
During our group art presentation, “Art Reflections”, images like Gustave Caillabotte’s “Sunflowers” touched many residents personally. Michael explained the technique used to help attract bees to cornfields by growing sunflowers around them. Michael and Jonnie carried on about this topic after the session was finished. She told him about how “hundreds” of sunflowers would “invade” her yard every year. “I got so tired of them!”
The connection carried on after the paintings were no longer in front of them, strengthening their sense of community and belonging.
Nature and art combine to touch people emotionally and creatively. After seeing the photographs taken of the land art piece “Lightning Field”, by Walter de Maria, Nabel expressed that the many images she viewed reminded her of “the road”. She shared that she had been a truck driver and missed the “freedom” and “life” the changing landscapes brought.
While Nabel had been moved by natural landscapes, Bill was moved by architecture, as seen in a photograph of Frank Lloyd Wright’s creation, “Falling Water”. When asked what about the home was appealing, Bill loudly stated, “Everything.” Though he had been largely silent, Bill was touched emotionally by the striking architecture and “the water coming down like that”.
Be willing to explore a variety of subject matter while using images to connect with loved ones. The one that actually touches them may surprise you!
Painting from Inspiration was the theme of the day for a Hummingbird creative painting group. The activity specialist leading the session brought many objects of interest to offer inspiration to the artists; birds, flowers, American flag, a map, fruit, a coffee percolator, and a taxi cab. The birds were the most popular. First, artists drew the objects and then painted them.
Betty liked the duck, but found it daunting to sketch. Her activity specialist suggested she lay it on the paper and trace it’s shape. This worked out well, and Betty continued from there. She requested different shades of black and brown, which the activity specialist helped her mix to her liking.
What to get creative with your activity partner? Grab your watercolors and favorite objects for inspiration, trace them for outlines if that helps you get started, and then let your imagination fly!
The Sage Home Care Quality of Life Program is a unique training program where our caregivers/PCA’s strengths and talents are celebrated and built upon. PCAs and Activity Specialists, along with the entire Sage Team, work together to ensure that the clients holistic quality of life goals are being met and that life is as joy-filled as possible.
Sage PCA, Lolita Esplana, was recently named “Honorary Hummingbird”, as she consistently goes above and beyond in enhancing her clients’ quality of life. She continually inspires her fellow Sage PCAs and the entire team.
She supports her clients through the arts and creative expression, resulting in the creation of an art show honoring one client’s artistic talents. The artist has recently rediscovered his passion for art due to the encouragement and guidance Lolita provides. The experience has been transformative and inspiring for all. Thank you, Lolita, for your amazing talent!
Imagine a world where all caregivers (professional and family) work to inspire and support their clients in the way Lolita has? Magical, we think.
A picture can be worth more than a thousand words to someone living with dementia.
Jim leaned forward as he observed the painting “Niagara Falls”, by artist William Morris Hunt. After being asked if he had ever been to Niagara Falls, the normally silent Jim responded clearly, “Yes, I spent a whole day down there when I was in the military. You can see that thing for miles. It looks like silver rising. It is beautiful.”
Once someone has opened up, following with clear and precise questions can assist them to remain engaged. When asked if Jim could hear Niagara Falls before he saw it, Jim emphasized, “Feel it! You could feel it. Sound ruptured into the air!”
Jim’s visual connection to the painting allowed him to verbally express valuable life experiences, touching him emotionally and spiritually.
This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to her favorite things. If you decide to stay home, bring the indulgences to her through beautiful photos of gardens, an array of her special treats, or an activity package full of special items. Most importantly, by slowing down and giving your undivided attention, you and your mother can connect emotionally, which is a priceless way to spend time and nurture life quality.
Enjoy the sweet smell and taste of some fresh orange juice! Invite your partner to join you in the juice making process, its’ fun and tastes delicious! This sensory activity can promote conversation, is sweet for your taste buds and smells absolutely AMAZING! Once all the necessary supplies are gathered, ask your partner to assist in cutting the oranges and squeezing them into a cup. Then cheers your glasses and drink up!!
Grab your activity partner and take a trip to your local ceramic studio! Engaging in art can relieve stress, improve fine motor movement, promote self awareness, increase cognitive functioning and is also a wonderful opportunity for socialization. Remember it isn’t about the outcome, it’s about the process of the experience! So have fun and get lost painting!