Social distancing and sheltering in place can be a set up for mental lethargy, a dangerous state for those living with cognitive decline. In a video call, an Activity Specialist a live Bald Eagle webcam while Ben, her scientist client, made observations about the birds’ nest, their movements, appearance, and the parent’s method of feeding the babies. As they discovered interesting facts through this window to the outside world, intellectual and social stimulation nurtured mental activity that was good for the brain. Interesting and fun!
Older adults sometimes experience the feeling of being shut out of conversations; as if they have nothing to contribute upon reaching a certain age. Allowing clients to share their knowledge within an activity session is key to feeling productive and maintaining self-confidence. Aditi, originally from India, assumed a teacher’s role in a virtual activity session as she shared traditions such as the Saree, a garment worn by Indian women. Contributing is making a deposit in the self-worth bank!
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During times of social distancing, care providers may feel alone and depleted when finding ways to engage with their clients. Activity Specialists assist with this dilemma as they are privy to a client’s interests, history, and background. This provider was sent a care package to share with her client who is a Disney lover; by the end of the day, photos of the two woman sporting Minnie Mouse ears accompanied with big smiles were shared with our Activity Specialist! Ahh…Teamwork!
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With a limited sense of community and connection, engaging in art observation can help fight loneliness and boredom for elders. One client became particularly talkative when asked to describe a painting shared by Zoom, asking questions about the artist and describing the painting as “feeling optimistic”. As emotional and creative life quality were supported, our client found her smile and responded to the floral painting saying, “Oh boy, that’s nice.”
“Landscape with Flowers (Nirvana)”, by Zoltan Palugyay.
Chocolate is known to boost Serotonin levels in the brain; what a delicious way to elevate your mood. Singing offers the same result as it boosts the immune system and is a wonderful way for older adults to exercise. During social distancing, Hummingbird Specialists invite clients to a sing-along during their virtual activity session to deactivate stress and promote overall good feelings. Singing together…who knew the health benefits!
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By supporting older adults in spiritual and creative activities that express their respect for inclusivity, equality, and diversity, we open doors for meaning, value, and love. After coaching from a Hummingbird Project Activity Specialist, Francine’s care partner used collage to help her express feelings about the importance of Black lives. In this, Francine found deep meaning by creatively making her personal statement and being a part of the focus that all lives matter.
Maintaining normalcy during the stay-at-home orders is difficult, especially for those who are used to moving their body. This older adult who regularly attends Zumba classes is now connecting with her instructors via Zoom! Hummingbird Specialists know the importance of physical release to connect body and mind, working together to promote wellness!
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Due to recent Stay at Home orders, clients who once obtained in-person assistance with specific issues are challenged. With the help of her Hummingbird Activity Specialist, care provider, and iPad, a client was able to shift her focus away from hoarding cats to life-long learning about the animals she loves. Introducing The Kitten Lady on YouTube has brought joy, camaraderie, and the responsibility of how to properly take care of kittens. Shifting fear with education offers new purpose and meaning.
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