While conducting a training session last week in Montana, I was lucky enough to have a group of more than 100 staff members from various long-term care departments share some excellent suggestions on how to engage residents with dementia. They're too good to pass up.
Our elders enjoyed the unique experience of watching firsthand the life cycle of monarch butterflies. Each of the five small houses in the neighborhood were provided two monarch caterpillars in viewing containers that allowed them to observe the day to day transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
Working in the senior care industry, I often encounter older adults and retirees who are looking for ways to stay active and engaged, plus make a difference in other people's lives. It's equally important to encourage the idea of aging with zest and purpose along by exercising the mind, body, and soul. Fortunately, there are a variety ways to achieve these goals as we age.
Caremerge, a care coordination platform, has announced a partnership with Linked Senior.
Many communities turn to gardening for residents as a summer activity. But a family BBQ, outdoor movie night or summer concert also can be a fantastic way to expand activities during the warmer months.
We must ask: After a resident has been treated and taken to the bathroom, and given a meal, what activities exist for him or her?
Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.
Even though they are not clinicians, activity directors can play a key role in increasing the health of seniors.
Automated reminders can be especially helpful during emergencies, such as Hurricane Sandy.
Are you using the fall season to your advantage?
It must be my optimistic nature that makes me think, "Why use a pair of boxing gloves when a feather will do?" Those of you in social services know what I mean when I say, "Why go for the jugular?" You are just trying to help (schedule/resolve/plan/assess), right?
I cheerfully met our new resident, Maria. She was accompanied by her daughter and son and was noticeably defying this change in her environment. She folded her arms across her chest and gave me eye contact. I could tell by her facial expressions that Maria wanted desperately to communicate with me but felt neither safe nor adequate in expressing her feelings.
As the social services and activity director in a 92-bed skilled nursing facility, I am fortunate to share in a precious season of residents' lives. Our experiences with them are so amazing. Truly, you can't make up this stuff.
Whether it's checking e-mail, playing games or downloading music, using computer programs appears to keep the aging mind nimble, suggests new research.
Community-based physical activity programs cost effectively reduce instances of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases among residents of those communities, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Women aged 70 or older who receive less than five hours of sleep per night are at a greater risk of falls, according to a recent study.
People who live in Mediterranean countries have long been admired for their healthy eating habits. Now a new study confirms why. The diet has recently been found to protect against heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions.
Nursing home residents will be included after all in a government coupon program aimed at easing the national transition to digital television. Residents will join others who previously were declared eligible to receive up to two $40 coupons to buy analog-TV converter boxes, the U.S. Commerce Department announced Tuesday.
A new study has found that the combination of light exercise and specific nutritional supplements could help keep seniors fit for a longer period of time.
Gait dysfunction, or difficulty walking, often accompanies mild cognitive impairment in older adults, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
While many people associate extreme old age with failing health, new research suggests that many centenarians live independent, healthy lives.
You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but an older adult is a different story altogether, according to new research from Germany.
A healthcare system that proposes giving gift cards to residents and other customers it disappoints with poor service is on firm legal ground, federal regulators say.
Grilling is a favorite American pastime in the summer--but not for seniors, according to a new poll.
How well older adults get out of bed on their own and balance a checkbook is a more accurate predictor of their likelihood of dying within five years than their chronic disease diagnosis, a new study finds.
It's one of the hardest tasks for caregivers, but bathing does not have to be a chore if you focus on residents' needs
The federal government may owe nursing home and assisted living residents some extra spending money, thanks to President Bush's Economic Stimulus Package.
I have been a director of nursing for a long time now and am feeling exhausted. What can I do to re-energize?
Researchers have found a new physical approach to help patients with Parkinson's disease improve their mobility and balance: the tango.
After the holidays we have fewer activities and visitors, which really affects the mood of the residents. How can we enhance our activities during this time?