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LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011

LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER EDITION 2011

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE– ANGELA MCKAY    

   

CHANGE IT UP! Hi All    I hope your Summer was well ….after it  finally showed up in September! As the  seasons change I find my Resident’s do  as well. With each colder morning they  get more wistful and put on more  sweaters and prepare to hunker down. I  find this is when I feel like I have to keep  their momentum going to keep them  interested.    Try changing your calendar up with sea‐ sonal sporting programs like: Curling on  the shuffleboard and Noodle Hockey,  take them out to play Air Hockey or  bring it in. Start a Hockey, Football or  Curling Pool (check with your Managers  first).   http://hockey.software.informer.com/ download‐hockey‐pool‐template‐for‐ excel/  Or create your own large pool on poster  board across a large wall  Hockey Night in Canada and Monday  Night Football Games in the Lounge.  

ake them to a Hockey or Football  Game. If you or your Resident’s have  no budget, go to a High School Game  for FREE!!   It may sound geared towards the guys  and let’s face it we would like to see  more of them come around but you  would be surprised how many women  enjoy the sporting events just as  much.    Are your Sing Along’s getting routine?  Try Melody Lane Sing Along Videos  With the words right on the screen  and large print Songbooks that come  free , everyone can join in the fun. A  picture paints a thousand words; but a  song can paint a thousand pictures  and bring back a lifetime of memories.  http://www.melodylane.ca/    After a discussion with The Executive  we found that some newer Resident’s  are really geared to TV watching this is  an interactive way for them to watch  and play Game Shows on DVD. Have  fun mixing it up!  http://www.tvparty.com/games.html 

Take Care   Angela McKay  President 2011 ‐ 2012 

NEWSLETTER EDITOR Chris Reimer chris.reimer@kneehillhousing.com

LACAA EXECUTIVE 2011—2012 PRESIDENT Angela McKay angela.m@pipercreeek.ca VICE PRESIDENT Desin Kohler desinkohler@swinanton.ca SECRETARY Leahn Losey leahn_meschelle@live.ca TREASURER Rhonda Dyck crestviewrecreation@shaw.ca COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR TC Edwards tedwards@mcfhousing.com DIRECTOR AT LARGE Marcel Augey marcel.augey@gmail.com

Inside this issue: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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ADVERTISEMENT

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PHYSICAL

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EMOTIONAL

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MENTAL

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SOCIAL

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SPIRITURAL

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

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LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 LACAA SOUTHERN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

CALL TODAY!

Castor & District Housing Friday, October 14th 8:30 am-4:30 pm Paint Earth Lodge 4501 –55th Ave. Castor, Alberta

THE POWER OF ONE! Cost: Members $50.00 Non– Members $55.00 Registration by Friday Sept 30th!

Contact: Brenda Kneller @ 403-882-3244 Or email knellerac@ wildrosenet.ca

LACAA NORTHERN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY REGISTER TODAY!

Date: October 24,  Northern Alberta  2011  Activity   Time: 8:30 – 4:00  Coordinator  Location:  Professional   Pleasant View  Development Day  Lodge Mayer‐   thorpe, AB 

Cost ‐$35.00  RRSP  wfinley@lsaf.ca  Lac Ste Anne   Activity   Coordinators’ 

EDITORS NOTE

Go for a walk and crunch some leaves! Watch the skies for the Northern Lights!

Trust you had a relaxing summer!

I AM PARTICULARLY LOOKING FOR:

If you have any items for our WINTER NEWSLETTER please forward your info to

Book Reviews of your best Fall Read that have encouraged you personally or professionally.

Web Reviews of your favorite Site and why you find it so useful for your professional development in your path in life or for work.

FORMAT

FORMAT

Book TITLE, AUTHOR and short Raving Review!

Web Site and a short Raving Review!

chris.reimer@kneehillhousing. com

By December 15, 2011

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Richard & Deborah's "20th Anniversary Seniors Tour" The booking deadline is Nov. 30, so contact us NOW with your 2 alternate choices of date & time to guarantee your spot in this special "Anniversary Tour". Southern Region - Jan. 24 - 27 Edmonton Region - Feb. 21 - 23 Calgary Region - Jan. 30 - Feb. 02 Northern Region (N.E. of Edmonton) - Feb. 27 - Mar. 01 Central Region - Feb. 13 - 16 Peace River Region - Mar. 26 - 29

Call 1.888.856.9282 or email party@xplornet.com www.RichardandDeborah.com 2 (1 hour) SHOWS TO CHOOSE FROM (Morning, Afternoon or Evening Shows) Richard's SHERIFF SHOW Richard & Deborah's ROARING 20's SHOW $330.00 + GST $530.00 + GST

(or)

Vaudeville Style Comedy & Famous Songs

Clean Comedy & Cowboy Including lots of fun, audience interaction and songs like:

I've Been Everywhere Ghost Riders In The Sky The Auctioneer Song Tumblin' Tumbleweeds and many more favorites!

Fringes, Feathers, Beads & Flat Top Skimmer Hats Were All The Rage During The Fabulous Charleston Era! Including "heart-warming" audience interaction plus songs like: Margie, Danny Boy, The White Cliffs of Dover, Five Foot Two, Sweet Georgia Brown, Pennies From Heaven and a whole lot more! PLEASE NOTE: This tour and its reduced rate is meant for Seniors in their Facilities. It is not meant to be passed on to other community events or groups. While we would gladly work for any other group, in that situation, a commercial rate would apply. Page 3


LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 PHYSICAL Exercises For The Parkinson Patient

CNS: Exercises For The Parkinson Patient

TEN BASIC EXERCISES FOR THE PARKINSON PATIENT 1. Bring the toes up with every step you take. In Parkinson's disease, "you never make a move", without lifting the toes. 2. Spread the legs (10 inches) when walking or turning, to provide a wide base, a better stance, and to prevent falling. It may not look "beautiful," but neither does falling. 3. For greater safety in turning, use small steps, with feet widely separated. Never cross one leg over the other when turning. Practice walking a few yards and turn. Walk in the opposite direction and turn. Do so fifteen minutes a day. 4. Practice walking into tight corners of a room, to overcome fear of close places. 5. To insure good body balance, practice rapid excursions of the body. Backward, forward and to the right and left, five minutes, several times a day. Don't look for a wall when you think you are falling. It may not be there. Your body will always be there to protect you, if you will practice balance daily. 6. When the legs feel frozen or "glued" to the floor, a lift of the toes eliminates muscle spasm and the fear of falling. You are free to walk again. 7. Swing the arms freely when walking. It helps to take body weight off the legs, lessens fatigue, and loosens the arms and shoulders. 8. If getting out of a chair is difficult, rise with "lightning speed," to overcome the "pull of gravity." Sitting down should be done slow, with body bent sharply forward, until one touches the seat. Practice this at least a dozen times a day. 9. If the body lists to one side, carry a shopping bag loaded with books or other weights in the opposite hand to decrease the bend. 10. Any task that is difficult, such as buttoning a shirt. or getting out of bed, if practiced 20 times it day, becomes easier the 21st time.

FOR GETTING IN AND OUT OF A CHAIR 1. If you become glued a few steps before you reach the chair, try this: Don't aim for the chair but some object past it. Pass the chair as closely as possible and as you go by it sit down. 2. To sit down, bend forward as far as possible and sit down slowly. Get close to the chair. Do not fall into the chair. 3. To get up, move to the edge of the chair, bend forward and push up vigorously using your arms; try to count 1 2 3 GO! If you have a favorite armchair, raise the back legs with 4" blocks. This will help you to get up easily. Don't let people drag you up by your arms, but help you by pulling you under your arms, or with a slight push on your back.

http://www.cnsonline.org/www/archive/parkins/park-03.html The above excerpt from CNS Website is Incredible look it up for more Exercises to aid your Parkinson Residents!

PHYSICAL—REMEMBER YOURSELF Studies in both humans and

FIND AN ACTIVITY YOU LOVE

animals have shown that physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, like walking, running, swimming, bicycling promotes the release of neurotrophic factors —- these are chemicals that bathe brain cells in nutrients that HELP brain cells resist degenera-

tion and to make connections with other brain cells. In addition, aerobic exercise increases the amount of blood and oxygen to the brain, thus enhancing virtually all brain functions. Decades of scientific work on exercise and the brain has taught us that (a) intensive physical activity increases the tendency of brain cells to make

connections with other brain cells thus enhancing brain function; and conversely (b) reductions in physical activity leads to reductions in brain cell activity and brain cell interconnectivity. That old principle of use it or lose it may apply here. So exercise !

http://parkinsons.about.com/od/ treatmentoptions/a/exercise.htm

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LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 EMOTIONAL

LEST WE FORGET  PORTRAITS OF  HONOR TOUR  RED DEER      Remembrance Day may be difficult, but also a very special day in our Lodges. Our Lodge  didn’t have it’s own service until about six years ago when I took it upon myself to Inter‐ view each War Vet., War Bride, those who worked at home in ammunitions factories, etc.  Anyone that did their part… It was very touching to read each residents short story at the  Service; a way to honor and thank them for doing their part for our freedom.  Two years  ago my son‐in‐law was in Afghanistan for 10 months, last year he did the service for me  and we served Today’s Rations IMP’s afterwards for anyone who wanted to try them.  Each  year I try to make the service a little different, yet honoring to our troops and Veterans.    I encourage you to take the time and get to know the stories…    Chris Reimer 

EMOTIONAL— Google: Portraits of Honor The Portraits of Honour mural stretches 10 feet tall by 40 feet wide and features

Reluctant to  share their   stories…  

the faces of the 156 Canadian soldiers, sailors and aircrew who have lost their lives in Afghanistan. Since he began in Decem-

ber of 2008, Dave has painted an average of 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Despite efforts to have him slow down, Dave cannot seem to tear himself away from his mural. He feels an overwhelming obligation to each soldier,

sailor and aircrew, and to each of their families to make each portrait perfect.

Dave will continue to paint until our mission is completed and our troops return home. Page 5


LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 MENTAL BETTER EACH DAY—365 TIPS FOR HEALTHIER, HAPPIER YOU

152 Create Daily Pauses for Appreciation    If most of your inner dialogue seems to be taken up by to‐do lists and worry, you’d bene‐ fit from finding a way to spend more time thinking about the things that bring you joy. To  do this, say Linda Lantieri, director of The Inner Resilience Program, an organization fo‐ cused on building emotional strength in school teachers, create rituals around things you  do ever day. Choose a few things you do regularly, like turning on your computer or  brushing you teeth, and attach meaning to them, using that time to conjure up a thought  or feeling you want more of in your life.  For example, says Lantieri, each time you put the key in your front door, take a moment  to be grateful that you have a place of respite to go each night. When the phone rings,  take the opportunity to stop, take a deep breath, and thank your body for your health.  Or, each time you pour a cup of coffee, think about someone in need. By making space  for these moments, your mind shifts from its usual state of overstimulation into one  that’s calm and hopeful. Best of all, these mini‐meditations won’t take up any extra time  since the prompts they’re attached to—opening the door, pouring coffee – are already a  part of your day. 

Page 159  Better Each Day by JESSICA CASSITY 

MENTAL— A WAY TO START THE DAY I just picked up this  proven tips to put you on  book on vacation at  the path to wellness,  joy,  richer relationships, drop  Coles/Chapters for  pounds, and learn to relax.  $19.00.   Jessica Cassity, a Health 

A GIFT FOR  YOURSELF! 

It was my gift to myself!  Each page has a number  and a short reading as in  Day 152 above. It offers  the latest  scientifically 

Reporter for                

Prevention has asked  specialists how to live  bet‐ ter. Here they share their  tips and observations. This 

bite size daily nugget has  been uplifting.  I was  tempted to start on the  New Year, instead I choose  the day in the year and  have carried forward.  

Chris Reimer 

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LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 SOCIAL USING RELECTION QUESTIONS IN STORYTELLING Are questions beneficial for a storyteller? The next time you tell a meaningful story, try following it up with reflection questions. Reflection questions can be used with various small groups. The process of writing questions is fairly simple. I generally use three to five questions. Three basic questions are all you need to be effective.

Question one: WHAT? Like Joe Friday, you start with “just the facts.” Since this is not a school assignment, you don’t need to make your group give you who, what, when, where, why, and how. One question will suffice. You may want to ask what part your audience liked best. This introductory question will help refresh the story in your audience’s mind. Also, this opening question is non-threatening, so even the introverts in your group can share their opinion.

Question two: SO WHAT? Now you want your audience to consider why the facts of the story are important. Because the told story is a work of art, the details are there for a reason. Help your listeners recognize this. A simple way to accomplish this is to ask your listeners why they liked the parts they liked. The details of a well told story not only advance the plot, they impact the listener. If there is a particularly important fact in the story, feel free to draw attention to it. Ask your audience why they think this detail is in the story. Help them consider what makes this particular detail so important.

Question three: NOW WHAT? For many tellers it is enough to simply tell the story and let the audience draw their own conclusions. Reflection questions are beneficial because they allow the listener to make his understanding of the story more concrete. Some people think best out loud and sharing conclusions with the group helps them process information. This is especially important regarding stories with a moral content. Are reflection questions beneficial? Certainly. Help your stories live. Use discussion questions.

BY STANLEY J. WARD Check out this Website for further Storytelling insights at: Website: http://www.storyteller.net/tellers/sward

SOCIAL— Book Clubs Discussion Groups and Book Clubs offer Intellectual and Social Interaction. There is nothing

Sharpen Your Sword!

more challenging than a read through a good book and pondering through questions as a group or just simply discussing what intrigued others and why they were attached to that section

of the book. After reading each week with my residents I may ask a question., But as

A Very Wise Activity Coordinator advised me a year ago when asked about what she read, “ I

read what interests me and what is happening in the world Today! Maybe I’ve just been doing this

too long, but I don’t

have time to just fill space.” Find a book of meaning and create some discussion

questions, watch the conversations overflow! Chris Reimer

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LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 SPIRITUAL– H E AV E N I S F O R R E A L – T O D D B U R P O A LITTLE BOYS ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

“Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear. Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.” Thomas Nelson Pub If you would like to open up a discussion on “Heaven” this book will provide an open door for you and your residents to travel through and address what’s on the other side…. The Pearly Gates… Loved Ones… Jesus… Angels… ? Thought provoking discussion is sure to ensue… as I’m sure not everyone will agree; but that’s what a good discussion is all about. My residents Loved this book and asked me to read it Daily until we were finished… Normally I read once a week… but August was a good month to change it up… As we grow older thoughts turn to what ‘s ahead… What could be more perfect that a three year olds description of Heaven in his own vernacular… Chris Reimer

SPIRITUAL– SEARCHING

“...unless you become as

little children, you will never enter heaven…” Jesus

Throughout my past 20 years of summer travel I love to pick a spot; usually at the Proverbial 11:00 Sunday morning, of Whatever Town I’m close to and find a church to attend. I’ve visited some beautiful Catholic

churches; met some new folks at a United Church in the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan, and found a little Baptist church on a detour in Northern Alberta. I love the balcony of a quaint Lutheran church with its rising stee-

ple and view of country graveyard next door; soaking in the organ music learning a new hymn… None of these are my chosen church at home, but what an amazing array of people I will sing with in Heaven! Chris Page 8


LACCA FALL NEWSLETTER 2011 LACAA MISSION STATEMENT PURPOSE OF LACAA

To promote recreation services as essential services within the lodge foundation system in that the meaningful activities and social interaction are vital to maintaining the overall well being and contentment of foundation residents. -by increasing the quality of life for the residents. -by acting as a support group and resource bank to its members. -by acting as a communication network to Lodge Activity Coordinators of Alberta. -by sponsoring an annual convention. -by enhancing the education of Lodge Activity Coordinators

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE—SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR

LAUGHTER IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

Workplace Humor  Boss asks employee: "Do  you believe that there is  life after death?"  Employee: "Certainly  not; there's no proof of  it."  Boss: "Well, there is  now. After you left early  yesterday to go to your  brother's funeral, he  came here looking for  you."      On the Tarmac  One night at McCord Air  Force Base, I was dis‐ patched to check out the  security fence where an  

alarm had gone off.  The fence was at the  end of the base runway.  When I got to the scene,  I found a raccoon was  the culprit, so I ran  around and flapped my  arms to scare the animal  away.  Suddenly an air‐traffic  controller came over the  public‐address system  and announced loudly,  "Attention to the airman  at the end of the run‐ way. You are cleared for  takeoff."       

Nifty Replacement    I spent an afternoon  helping my boyfriend  move into a new home.  In one carton I found a  Crockpot, with an odd‐ looking and very dirty  metal lid. Later I ushered  my boyfriend into the  kitchen and asked why  he hadn't mentioned  this perfectly good pot.    He stared at it, then re‐ plied, "Well, after I  broke the lid I never  thought of replacing it  with a hubcap."  Page 9

LACAA NEWS FALL 2011 Final  

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