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Virtual Care Partner Support

Welcome to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Virtual Care Partner Support Page. Here you can explore some activities for taking care of yourself, online programs and resources to help you navigate your care partner journey.

Activities August 3 - August 9

Monday

National Watermelon Day

This big fruit deserves it's own big day. So, we give pause to celebrate watermelons on National Watermelon Day. Sweet and tasty, watermelons are one of summer's favourite fruit. It's standard fare at picnics. While watermelon is over 90% water, it sure tastes good. 
Our research was unable to establish this day a a true national day (which requires an act of congress). We also have not uncovered the origin of this day. we suspect it originated by an agricultural organization, or perhaps a wild and crazy watermelon fan.
This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo. The pepo is a berry with a thick rind and fleshy center. They are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae, a scientific term for the gourd family.
While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, unlike other melons, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually produces a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. Watermelons produce a juicy, sweet interior flesh ranging from deep red to pink. However, sometimes it comes in orange, yellow, or white. 
While melon holds plentiful water, wild melons were bitter and tasteless. This clue suggests that desert dwellers likely cultivated the first melon. Additional evidence of the watermelon’s value is supplied in the seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of the sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today. 
With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.
While you’re celebrating the day, spread the joy! Visit a pick your own watermelon patch or pick one up from your local farmer’s market. Then, slice it up and invite friends or family over to share. Make a fruit salad or cut it into wedges. Try these other fun ways to celebrate the day, too!
Host a seed-spitting contest.
Create a new watermelon recipe.
Enjoy watermelon flavored candies or beverages.
Create a frozen watermelon dessert.
Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

RCAF A little help from my friends
https://youtu.be/Yc7zuO0VxBc

Wellness of the Day

At-Home Exercise: Turn Housework Into a Workout
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/caregiver-exercises-147273.htm

Take 5 for Self-Care

Find a quite comfortable spot, close your eyes and put your feet up for a few minutes.  Relax and enjoy the moment. 

Tuesday

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

On August 4th, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day gives us an opportunity to dunk our favorite chocolate chip cookie. Whether yours are homemade or store bought, pour a glass of milk and enjoy.

Without chocolate chips, the cookie would still be number one. Or would it?

For that reason, we also recognize Ruth Graves Wakefield on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Thanks to her inventiveness and curiosity, chocolate chips and a cookie dough go together. And for this reason, we hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.

How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Began:
Imagine if Ruth Graves Wakefield hadn’t run out of baker’s chocolate for her cookie recipe that day in 1937. Because that’s what happened. The cookie recipe she was preparing called for baker’s chocolate and would have blended smoothly into the dough. However, she was out. And what if Mrs. Wakefield hadn’t considered using semi-sweet chocolate instead? She figured it would just melt into the dough and work much like the baker’s chocolate.

Or, what if someone had interrupted Ruth Graves Wakefield that day and caused the cookies to burn and ruin the experiment?

Well, none of that happened. Instead of interruptions or doubts, the baker added the chocolate to the dough. Moments later the mouthwatering aroma began to waft from Mrs. Wakefield’s oven. Perhaps the smell lured a child into the kitchen. Or maybe a guest at the Tollhouse Inn she and her husband owned. We may not know the finer details of the day the chocolate chip cookie came to be. However, we do know Ruth Graves Wakefield made it happen.

And if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t know the ecstasy of warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue. We know that feeling. When our eyes close in satisfaction and a perfect smile graces our face. If it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would be denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.

We could even go so far as to say she is responsible for all those other nuggets of goodness. Those morsels of butterscotch, peanut butter, and white chocolate we enjoy in much the same way we enjoy our chocolate delights.

Today make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and throw some extra chocolate chips into the mix!

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

MOLLY MALONE (Cockles and Mussels)
https://youtu.be/EUWb1jcmMnk

Wellness of the Day

8-Form Tai Chi (Modified)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4na3p1-gbp4

Take 5 for Self-Care

Indulge in a Guilty Pleasure
Whether it’s watching trashy TV or reading a gossip rag, kick up your feet and get lost in a world full of the ridiculous. Or if it’s baking your favorite desert or having a piece of chocolate give yourself permission to indulge once in a while. 

Wednesday

National Work Like a Dog Day

Work Like a Dog Day honours and recognizes the hardest working among us, and we know we work hard!
Some people skate by, doing as little as possible. Others, do only what they have to. Others still work like a dog. While work is to be done, they dig in relentlessly. They seldom take a break until the task is completed.
We want to make sure to differentiate between "Work-A-Holics" and those who "Work Like a Dog". Work-A-Holics are always working, even though they may not be working hard. Those who work like a dog, work very hard while they are working. But, they do not work all of the time.
Today is a day to show appreciation for those who carry more than their load, and work like a dog. You can also honour them by working like a dog today.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Funniest ?? Dogs and ?? Cats - Awesome Funny Pet Animals Life Videos
https://youtu.be/3dcli9i_pvA

Music of the Day

Let's Twist Again
https://youtu.be/Frw7U5X8dhg

Wellness of the Day

Fast and Easy Meals for Caregivers to Prepare
http://www.multiculturalcaregiving.net/fast-and-easy-meals-for-caregivers-to-prepare/

Take 5 for Self-Care

Make A List 
Writing down your thoughts is an excellent and proven way to clear your mind and ease anxiety. It can be a simple to-do list for the week ahead, or you can take things to the next level by writing a gratitude list or bucket list of all the exciting things you want to do once the pandemic is all behind us. If you are having trouble sleeping at night, make a list of what is going through your mind. Experts have found that putting pen to paper can help turn off your mind and let you get some shut eye.

Thursday

National Wiggle Your Toes Day

Wiggle Your Toes Day encourages you to give your little piggy toes some exercise.
Those ten extremities at the ends of your feet, are crying out for a little freedom. Cramped up inside a pair of shoes or sneakers all day long, your stinky toes just don't get the chance to move about freely, as they would like to do.
Celebrate Wiggle Your Toes Day by airing out your toes, and wiggling them around for all to see. The best place to wiggle your toes on a hot August day, is in the pool. Or, sit on a dock and stick your wiggly little toes in the water.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Colbie Caillat - Bubbly (Official Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWGqoCNbsvM

Wellness of the Day

HIIT Over 50 - Beginner Home Workout - Light to No Weights - Body Rebooted https://youtu.be/7ax2BFBS6wk?t=17

Take 5 for Self-Care

Set realistic goals. Break large tasks into smaller steps that you can do one at a time. Prioritize, make lists and establish a daily routine. Begin to say no to requests that are not necessary and also draining.

Friday

National Lighthouse Day

National Lighthouse Day honours and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.
On August 7, 1789 the government recognized the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbour during fog and storms. Over the years, lighthouses have saved many ships, and an untold number of lives.
Throughout maritime history, Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during inclement weather. With the advent of radar and GPS technology, lighthouses have taken a back seat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of safe harbour to ships and communities that rely upon the sea for their livelihood.
 There are numerous local and national lighthouse preservation societies and lighthouse organizations. They serve to preserve and promote lighthouses, and their historical significance to communities, and to the nation.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Working Man sung by Rita MacNeil
https://youtu.be/E-EiwiiAh68

Wellness of the Day

5 MORNING STRETCHES IN BED | to wake up & energize
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o4waoBbIZA

Take 5 for Self-Care

Get present.
Move to a safe space where you will not be interrupted. This may not happen often, but take advantage of eachopportunity. It may be sitting in the car, at your desk, even in the restroom with the door closed. Allow yourself to feel your feet on the floor, supported by the ground. If you feel safe, you can close your eyes, but you don't need to. Allow your attention to settle into your body. Notice any places of tension or pain, and adjust your position if it will ease that tension or pain. Then draw your attention to your breath, wherever you notice it. You may sense it in your abdomen, as it moves in and out. You may notice it in the flow of air through your nostrils. In and out. If your attention leaps away to something else -- your to-do list, or a memory, or an image -- notice that it has left and draw it gently back.

Saturday

National Happiness Happens Day

Smile on August 8th to share in National Happiness Happens Day. On this day each year just let it happen. You know.  Happiness.  Because happiness happens. 
The day encourages happiness all day. Recognize every moment of glee, joy, delight, and pleasure. Don’t let it pass. Most importantly, a flicker of a giggle should be given its due, and should it blossom into full-blown happiness, don’t be surprised. It happens!
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another element of the day prohibits the squashing of other people’s happiness. From time to time, we might find other’s happiness might seem irritating. Those moments happen when we have particularly rotten days. However, our bad days don’t give us the right to squash another person’s joy. Instead, allow their delight in the day to infect us. Perhaps, their ability to smile will blow the storm clouds away from your day.  
Founded in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy People as “Admit You’re Happy Day,” Happiness Happens Day was created to recognize and express happiness.  August 8th was chosen as it is the anniversary of the first membership in 1998.
The Secret Society of Happy People is an organization that was founded in August of 1998 and formed to celebrate the expression of happiness. The society encourages members to recognize their happy moments and think about happiness in their daily life.  They have two motto’s which include “Happiness Happens” and “Don’t Even Think of Raining on My Parade.”  Their purpose is to stimulate people’s right to express their happiness.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! (From DreamWorks Animation's "Trolls") (Official Video) https://youtu.be/ru0K8uYEZWw

Wellness of the Day

Beginners Stretching Routine (15 minutes) - PHYSIO GUIDED home workout
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGzeJdiNrh8

Take 5 for Self-Care

Wash your face
If you’re somewhere near a sink, give your face a quick splash. If you don’t have access because of where you are, consider carrying around a makeup wipe or two in your purse. Use this simple act of washing your face as a metaphor for wiping off the mess of the day. Move forward with a clean slate.

Sunday

National Book Lovers Day

Book Lovers Day encourages you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book.
Book reading is a great hobby. It's an important one, too. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter, and happier people.
Book Lovers Day is a great day to celebrate. Just grab an interesting book, find a quiet, cozy place, and crack open the cover. Celebrating Book Lovers Day in August is pleasurable on the deck, under a shady tree, poolside, or in a cozy hammock. If you fall asleep while reading, that's okay. It's all part of the relaxing benefits of being a book lover.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

FSO 2015 Oficial | The Bridge on the River Kwai (K. J. Radford)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFaLgCLwg6g

Wellness of the Day

How to Manage Compassion Fatigue in Caregiving | Patricia Smith | TEDxSanJuanIsland
https://youtu.be/7keppA8XRas

Take 5 for Self-Care

List 5 things you’re grateful for.
These can be as simple as the chair you are sitting in or the air you breathe. Once you’ve listed five, don’t stop there. You’ll soon find more and more things to be grateful for. Soak in the gratitude and let the corners of your mouth turn upward. Life is good.

Want More? Visit our Virtual Care Partner Support Archive Page to see activities from past weeks!

Exercise Waiver

We ask that you make sure when you participate virtually in exercise programs you take care to create a place that is clutter-free and safe for you. Make sure you have proper footwear and the area is clear. Because physical exercise can be strenuous and may cause risk of injury, we urge you to obtain a physical examination from a doctor before participating in any exercise activities and participate only as much as you feel comfortable. These online exercises are intended to encourage you to gently move your body – so don’t push yourself beyond what feels okay. Participating in exercise activities included in the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region's activity site is done entirely at your own risk.

 

Visit our Virtual Social Recreation page for more brain stimulating and social activities to help you keep engaged.

Resources

This resource information is provided for information purposes only. It is not presented as an endorsement of any one service or service provider over another. Never disregard your right to choose the service that best meets your needs simply in deference of something you have read on this website.

Advanced Care Planning

Community Resources

Mental Health and Well-being

How to Engage Someone with Dementia

Online Opportunities

Caregiver Support and Coffee Hour

Join your peers and share a virtual coffee! This online group is for care partners of individuals living with dementia.  Each group will be facilitated by one of our counselling staff.  All sessions run on a Monday afternoon from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

  • May 4, 2020 and May 25, 2020
  • June 8, 2020 and June 22, 2020
  • July 6, 2020 and July 20, 2020

Pre-registration is required to participate please register here. Groups are held on Zoom and can be accessed online or by phone.

Next Steps & Care Essentials 

Next Steps and Care Essentials is a 4 part series offering an opportunity for families and friends of individuals with a diagnosis of dementia to learn more about dementia, develop caregiving strategies, and become familiar with community resources and supports.

  • Part 1: Overview of Dementia, Diagnosis & Healthy Brain Strategies
  • Part 2: Communication & Environmental Strategies 
  • Part 3: Understanding & Managing Challenging Behaviours
  • Part 4: Difficult Discussions, Role Changes & Self Care

To see upcoming dates and register please click here. Groups are held on Zoom and can be accessed online or by phone.

Pen Friends

Our new Pen Friends program matches care partners together to provide companionship and informal/peer support through postal mail or email. Register today!

Questions?

If you have a dementia question email us at [email protected]. We are here to help!

 

 

Some daily activities courtesy of Activity Connection and Golden Carers



Last Updated: 08/03/2020