LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012
JANUARY EDITION 2012
LACCA WINTER PRESIDENTS MESSAGE– ANGELA MCKAY Wow it’s really hard to believe how fast 2011 went. As we recuperate from too many carolers and too many calories while some of us have been through the flu, we think about how much energy December takes. Not only do you have to be there for your Resident’s and all the nice extra touches, you have to make it happen for your families! I hope everyone takes a chance to take care of themselves and reenergize because an Activity Coordinators work is never done. As I write this we are gearing up for the convention. All the committees are working hard to bring you a fantastic experience. You will receive your convention packs with all the exciting information by the middle of February but please save your dates; April 25th, 26th and 27th, 2012. I know I spoke about Men’s programming last time but I just got two really awesome books that I can’t wait to use. One is called Gentlemen’s Gatherings by Ann L. Schafer and Amazing Tractor Facts & Trivia by Peter Henshaw. So from those books I am creating a monthly program for the guys and hopefully they will just take over the “Talk” and run with it. I will set up with comfy chairs in a circle with a table in the middle for “props”. For instance with Tractor Factors I have contacted John
Deere to get some tractor models to display, I ‘m going to blow up a picture from each decade of tractor to show how they have changed etc. Wikipedia is great for quick facts and Google Images is perfect for almost any picture of any subject. Then I will end the day with a corresponding movie from the library. My next sessions will be called, Ballgame Banter, Railroad Reminiscing, Car Chatter, Tool Talk, Camping Conversations, Flying Facts and Barbershop Banter. Wish me luck and if any of you try any of these I would love to hear your success stories! If you have any more ideas along these lines I would love to hear those too. www.triviaplaying.com is an excellent resource for 100’s of subjects www.geriactive.ca has some great reminiscing tools as well as some AC tools for programming If anyone has tried scrapbooking with their Residents I would love to hear how you have gone about it. I would like to know whether they did individual books, or one for the Lodge. Did they pay for supplies or did you use what you had in your craft rooms? Feel free to contact me at email@example.com Take Care of Yourselves Angela
NEWSLETTER EDITOR Chris Reimer firstname.lastname@example.org
LACAA EXECUTIVE 2011—2012 PRESIDENT Angela McKay email@example.com VICE PRESIDENT Desin Kohler firstname.lastname@example.org SECRETARY Leahn Losey email@example.com TREASURER
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DIRECTOR AT LARGE Marcel Augey firstname.lastname@example.org
Inside this issue: READING PROGRAM
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 RESIDENT READING PROGRAM by ANGELA MACKAY If you are looking for some great stories for a reading program I have read these all with my Resident’s they are all true stories some are from Alberta and Saskatchewan Authors and they all have great humorous antidotes in them. They kept us rolling in laughter and wistful with memories about
“The Good Old Days”.
We even followed up by searching for more books by some of the Authors because they were such a great read. If you don’t have a reading program at you Lodge they are great books to read on your own I really enjoyed every last one of them.
John Ware’s Cow Country by Grant MacEwan Eggs For Shoes by Edie Postill Cole “WE ROLLED WITH LAUGHTER!”! ANGELA
Tumpy by Ed Story Gang Ranch by Judy Alsager All My Patients Are Under The Bed by Dr. Louis J Camuti Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
EDITORS NOTE—CHRIS REIMER WAS YOUR LODGE CLOSED WITH NORVO OUTBREAK?
Watch the skies for the Northern Lights!
We are happy to be back into Activities again— it was a long December and Early January! What Activities did you
come up with to Keep Their Spirits Lifted?
I AM PARTICULARLY LOOKING FOR:
If you have any items for our SPRING NEWSLETTER please forward your info to
Movie Reviews of your best Residents Movies that you’ve reviewed..
By March 15, 2012
MOVIE TITLE, and short Raving Review!
COME GROW WITH US! 2012 LACAA Professional Fair
Guest Speaker 25th, 26th, 27th
100 ways to Incorporate “Growth” into your Activity Programming
An Elvis Impersonator,
Using Horticulture as a therapy tool ,as well as encouraging our membership to “GROW”
Hope to see you there!
Contact person: Angela McKay 403-3431066 Ext #3 email@example.com Join us in Red Deer Call and Book your Rooms at The Black Knight Inn Toll Free 1-800-661-8793
Kick Off Speaker: Jim Hole: Explaining what makes plants tick is Jim’s specialty, and he does it without ever losing sight of the beauty and wonder that make gardening enjoyable. Jim is Alberta’s most articulate horticulturist – and one of the most knowledgeable. He is ardent about plants, conservation, the environment and business. His passion inspires audience members to “get down and dirty” and to regenerate their lives through gardening. His Page 3 humour and his engaging spirit are legendary.
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 PHYSICAL STAYING ACTIVE TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST Brought to you by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute in collaboration with ParticipACTION
http://www.participaction.com/en-us/Get-Informed/Monthly-Research-Files.aspx The fast pace of today’s society coupled with the pressures of having to juggle family and work life has resulted in poor sleeping behaviors (e.g., many Canadians report having to cut back on sleep in order to have more time to complete daily tasks).1 According to the 1998 General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by Statistics Canada, 15% of Canadians received less 6.5 hours of sleep a night despite evidence which suggests that adults require an average of 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.1 Moreover, approximately half of Canadians (47%) reported cutting back on sleep in an attempt to meet demands (this proportion has likely increased since 1998).1 Perhaps equally as concerning is the growing number of individuals who report having sleep disorders (e.g.: insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome). 40% of Canadians suffer from sleep disorders.3 Chronic lack of sleep has serious implications on one’s health. Specifically, constant sleep deprivation has been associated with increased risk of injury, illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Moreover, research has also linked sleep deprivation to impaired immune function, metabolism, memory and learning.2-
Currently, exercise is being recognized as a potentially effective agent for treating and/or preventing sleep problems. Buman and King reviewed the literature to identify potential mechanisms whereby exercise may influence sleep. According to the authors regular exercise may improve sleep by: • Acting as an anti-depressant, as depression has been shown to contribute to poor sleep; • Reducing anxiety-hyper arousal, which is a hallmark sign of insomnia; • Enhancing restorative effects through increased energy expenditure (i.e., increasing the amount of slow wave sleep); • Activating more efficient body thermoregulation, which is important for sleep onset and deeper forms of sleep; • Facilitating synchronization of the circadian rhythm as sleep disturbances are more likely when one’s circadian rhythm is desynchronized (for example as a result of shift work or due to jet lag); • Increasing cytokine concentrations as cytokines have been linked to slow-wave sleep;
Regular exercise has been shown to aid in weight control, reduce the use of medications (e.g.:sedatives, diuretics, and antidepressants); as well as to facilitate the prevention and/or treatment of certain chronic conditions-all of which have been shown to negatively impact sleep quality The above excerpt from ParticipACTION Website—is filled with, Research, Ideas and Monthly Healthy Lifestyle Tips for all ages! Information on how physical activity relates to Diabetes, Alzheimer's etc. Check this WEBSITE out for your Residents and Yourself!
PHYSICAL—REMEMBER YOURSELF http://www.participaction.com/en-us/Get-Informed/Monthly-Research-Files.aspx
“Age—older adults are
FIND AN ACTIVITYYOU LOVE
more likely to experience declines in sleep quality and quantity and are more likely to suffer from chronic pain and functional limitations (which may impair sleep),
and therefore are likely to benefit more from exercise than youth or adults without sleep complaints; Time of day—for optimal benefit, exercise should be performed between 4 to 8
hours prior to sleep, although according to this study, exercise any time of the data appears to be beneficial.”
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 EMOTIONAL THE HEALING POWER OF FRIENDSHIPS - By LINDA MELONE
Social connections can help you stay healthier and happier throughout life Maintaining friendships, new and old, is an essential part of emotional wellness, but it's also important for your continued physical health as you age, experts say. When friends fade from your life, live at a greater distance, or die, you are more likely to experience loneliness and depression in later years. And with isolation also comes a greater risk for serious health issues, such as high blood pressure and death from a stroke or heart disease, according to a study done by researchers at the University of Chicago. They also found that links between loneliness and rates of cancer run parallel, as do increases in inflammation and decreases in antibody production. "This doesn't mean that everyone who is lonely will have health problems as they age," says Louise Hawkley, PhD, associate director of the Social Neuroscience Laboratory of the University of Chicago and one of the lead researchers in the Chicago study. "It just puts them at a higher risk." "The older you get, it seems, the less you want to spend a bunch of energy on less than feel-good relationships," says Hawkley, who believes people become more selective about choosing their friends as the years pass. That's not to say that forming new friendships — or holding onto old ones — decreases in importance over time, however. Overall, friendships become only more precious as serious life issues begin to arise with advancing age.
Just remember, says Hawkley, "there are lots of ways to connect with other people, and making new friends is a good cushion against the inevitable losses that come with time." Learn more in the Everyday Health Longevity Center. Complete above excerpt from— http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/emotional-wellness/ healing-power-of-friendships.aspx THIS WEBSITE HAS A WEALTH OF LINKS AND INFORMATION
EMOTIONAL— How to Make Friendship a Priority http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/emotional-wellness/healing-power-of-friendships.aspx
PHONE A FRIEND
3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Make an Effort Try to reconnect Take it slow Be realistic Just do it! Extend your comfort zone Be positive
For IMPORTANT DETAILS under each of these tips go to the ABOVE WEBSITE! As our Seniors deal with immeasurable loss and change the social interaction and comfort of
sharing with a longtime or even a new friend boosts their morale and leads to their emotional wellbeing! Chris Reimer
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 MENTAL SUPERCHARGE YOUR MEMORY - Published by Sterling
More than 100 Exercises to Energize Your Mind By Corinne L Gediman & Fancis M. Crinella, Ph.D. A fascinating book; The residents and I took the “Lesson Two—Your Learning Style Quiz” and discov‐ ered our Dominate Style. “If you bought a new DVD player that required assembly. The box contains parts, written directions, and a diagram. To set up the DVD player, it would be most like me to: 1. Read the directions or ask someone to read theme while I assemble the parts 2. Study the diagram and if necessary read te directions before assembling 3. Look at the parts, ignore the directions, and start assembling right away” This is one of 18 situations that help identify your Learning Style; that you can then apply a personalized tip sheet to aid in remembering important information. We used the Styles below to help us remember a shopping list of five items— Kleenex, Flashlight, Peanuts, Vitamins, Batteries
“Pg 21 VISUAL LEARNER: Visualize what you are recalling with a vivid mental picture AUDITORY LEARNER: Read aloud with Emotion or an Accent EXPERIENTIAL LEARNER: Learn through Physical involvement—action” I am a Visual and Experiential Learner so I combined the two with a Vivid Action Picture ‐ Putting on Lotion, Installing the Batteries in the flashlight, Shining the light under a Kleenex that has Vitamins and Peanuts jumping up and down using the Kleenex as a Trampoline!
Very worth while Read! Chris Reimer
MENTAL— BRAIN TEASERS
This is a New Program I started last fall . I try a new angle to stretch their brains each week. Ranging from them sitting in a circles of five and each taking turns making up three Baseball Hand Signals that the other residents
take turns trying to repeat. Next round they do four, then five Sig‐ nals. Some were a riot, the kitchen staff in‐ quired what we were doing that was so funny! However since I pur‐ chased this book we are
Lesson Orientated— it is a structured aide to their Daily Needs of Re‐ call—Such as A Shop‐ ping List. I give them homework each week to practice. And they are amazed how they are able to remember! Chris Reimer Page 6
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 SOCIAL OLD FASHIONED BOX SOCIAL DO YOUR RESIDENTS REMINISCENCE ABOUT AN OLD FASHIONED BOX SOCIAL? I am trying something New for Sadie Hawkins Day Wednesday, Feb 29th
I have invited the Grades Three and Four School Students to decorate a Basket to Auction Off at the Social and enclose something they’ve made from Art class or a Poem, or Story inside the box. The Lodge residents in return have baking that day and will place baking for two inside each box, not knowing who owns them. I will get the boxes on the 28th. We will then Auction them off to the residents with Funny Money; and the Student who made the box then goes along with the resident who purchased it and have “Tea” together ‐ the student giving the box and gift to them and the resident sharing their baking with the student. It will be a good intergenerational activity. I have several Volunteers coming for the afternoon. The students are excited and the residents will soon hear about it. Just like Box Socials of Old they will stimulate the Emotions and Warm the heart with, Anticipa‐ tion, Preparation, A day of Laughter and Interaction, Engaging in conversations to be Reminisced about in the future. Chris Reimer
Great for Fundraiser Too!
Imagine having a lady that is 101 in your Lodge. Her daughter who is 80 could very well be in the Lodge, her granddaughter who is 60 would be near retirement and working or volunteer-
ing at the Lodge, and her 40 year old greatgranddaughter is still working along with her 20 year greatgreat-granddaughter who just went on maternity leave from the Lodge and just
had of course a Daughter! That would be 6 generations all with affiliation at Your Lodge! Intergenerational is Fascinating some times Mind boggling, but oh so important. Chris Reimer Page 7
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 SPIRITUAL– COURAGEOUS—RANDY ALCORN BASED THE SCREEN PLAY BY ALEX KENDRICK & STEPHEN KENDRICK
“Law enforcement officers… willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark… When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith and fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God, and to their children?” Perhaps you have heard of the video “ Courageous” this book has deeper insight into the lives of four police officers and their circle of friends and criminals. I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked this book up, when one of my Seniors suggested I find the video (which I haven’t found yet). However the “Resolution” these ordinary, courageous and sometimes foolish men vow to adhere to, touched my soul and challenged me as a parent and grandparent. For after all as when I Look , Listen and Learn from my Seniors what do they say they regret, or what do they cherish in their memories as they approach the final chapter of their lives? It is so easy to be so busy to not spend the time with our children, listen to their hearts without judgment, and relax and have some fun together —Dance — What opportunities will you miss out on? This is not an ideal world, we are not without purpose in the hands of fate. These Men turn their lives to God for help and sometimes fail, but that’s ok, we all fail but do we get up again? Their “Resolution” revolves around their faith and integrity as men. Exerts from the “Resolution” they signed are below… Thought provoking Book that challenged my faith. Chris Reimer
SPIRITUAL– COURAGEOUS “The Resolution:
“.A Father to the Father-
I will confront evil, pursue justice, and love mercy. I will pray for others and treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion.
I will speak truthfully and keep my promises. I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged. I will learn from my mistakes, repent of
my sins, and walk with integrity as a man answerable to God.” What impact has your Father had on you? A good question in our Men’s Groups. What potential influence they have. Chris Page 8
LACCA WINTER NEWSLETTER 2012 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 " I'm sorry, but you scared the devil out of A British passenger in a me." taxi in Dublin leaned over to ask the driver a The frightened Brit question and tapped apologized to the driver him on the shoulder. and said he didn't realize The driver screamed, a mere tap on the shoul‐ lost control of the cab, der could frighten an nearly hit a bus, drove Irishman so much. up over the curb, and stopped just inches from The driver replied, "Will the edge of the bridge the saints in Heaven for‐ over the Liffey River. give me ‐‐ it's entirely my fault. Today is my For a few moments eve‐ first day driving a cab. rything was silent in the I've been driving a cab, and then the still‐ hearse for the last 25 shaking driver said, years."
Irish Taxi Driver
LAUGHTER IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
Piano Tuner The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front porch. "Madam," he an‐ nounced, "I'm the piano tuner." The lady exclaimed, "Why, I didn't send for a piano tuner." The man replied, "I know you didn't, but your neighbors did." Page 9