Virtual Care Partner Support

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 June 1 - June 7

Monday

National Flip a Coin Day

Celebrated on June 1st, Flip a Coin Day is day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. The correct answer was "heads", which of course carried his image on the coin.

Do you have any idea how to celebrate this day? You guessed it... Flip a coin.  Use this method of decision making for all decisions, and for everything you do today.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land
https://youtu.be/wxiMrvDbq3s

Wellness of the Day

Body weight exercises:

Stay toned at home with these easy bodyweight exercises

Arm circles

Start by standing with your arms extended to the side. Make 20 small clockwise circles, switch to counterclockwise and repeat. Increase reps over time for an easy yet effective way to tone your shoulders, biceps and triceps.

Calf raises

Simple calf raises are a great way to build strength. Stand up straight, push into the balls of your feet slowly and lift your heels, then slowly lower them. You can increase the level of difficulty by holding weights, bending your knees slightly or standing on one leg at a time.

Squats

Stand with your feet hip-width apart, send your hips back and sit down into a squat position. Keep your chest up, back straight and heels on the ground. Be careful not to let your knees go too far forward.

Start with 10 reps to begin strengthening your lower body, and work your way up to 3 sets of 10-15. Add a blast of cardio by jumping up with your arms overhead at the end of each rep.

Push-ups

Push-ups are a classic exercise for a reason; they strengthen your back, core and work your chest, shoulders and arms. Start out with incline push-ups using a stable surface, like a table or even the edge of your bed.

Position your hands on the edge of the table, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Straighten your back, engage your core and bend your elbows to slowly lower yourself. When your chest reaches the edge, straighten your arms to lift yourself back up.

Start with a couple of reps and work your way up from there - when you can do 20 of these, you're ready for regular floor push-ups!

Wall sit

Finish up with wall sits. Stand against a wall and slide your back down until you come to a seated position. You're looking for a 90-degree bend at both your hips and your knees. Tighten your stomach muscles and stay in this position for 30 seconds. You should feel your weight in your heels and a burn in your quads. Repeat three times.

Increase the intensity of this exercise by holding weights or extending one leg in front of you to alternate weight distribution.

We know keeping up your fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic isn't easy. Just 10 minutes of these bodyweight exercises a day will increase your strength, improve your mobility and help to relieve stress. You've got this!

Source:  Martindale Chiropractic & Wellness Centre

Take 5 for Self-Care

Take 5 minutes out of your day to listen to nature.  If you can’t go outside for this listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nNDdVUr2O8 

Tuesday

National Rocky Road Day

National Rocky Road Day is all about eating ice cream...... specifically Rocky Road ice cream.

Want to make your own Rocky Road Ice Cream? Just add nuts (almonds and/or pecans), mini marshmallows, and chunks of semisweet chocolate to your favourite ice cream recipe. Today would be the perfect day to make, and certainly eat, a batch of Rocky Road ice cream.

If you aren't into making ice cream, or just don't have the time, you can buy Rocky Road ice cream at any grocery store.  Or if you can, visit your favourite ice cream store for a cone.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

The Beatles - Hey Jude
https://youtu.be/A_MjCqQoLLA

Wellness of the Day

Yoga for Seniors ? Chair Stretches for Pain Relief, Relaxation, Joint Health, Flexibility, Stress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZvmKOPoFVo

Take 5 for Self-Care

HYDRATE
Pour yourself a glass of water or brew yourself a relaxing cup of tea. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day and especially as the days are getting warmer.  Often we are so busy that we will forget to simply give ourselves time to drink water.

Wednesday

National Repeat Day

Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. Repeat Day is an opportunity to do things over and over again. (hee, hee)

Hopefully you will choose to repeat things you enjoy doing. Pick a wide array of foods, snacks, and activities, and repeat them today. As a matter of fact, it's perfectly okay to repeat them over and over again today. It's also perfectly okay to avoid dong things you don't like. It's a certainty that you will not enjoy distasteful things the second time around.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

The Rankin Family - Rise again
https://youtu.be/4C5IoSnPEIY

Wellness of the Day

5 Tips on Boosting Emotional Wellbeing in Aging Adults
https://www.homecareassistancevancouver.ca/boosting-emotional-wellbeing-in-seniors/

Take 5 for Self-Care

Take a few minutes to freshen up and put on a favorite outfit. 

Thursday

National Hamburger Day

National Applesauce Cake Day

Applesauce Cake Day is a time to enjoy an old and often forgotten goodie. This is a truly delicious day.

It doesn't take much to enjoy Applesauce Cake Day. Just eat a piece of applesauce cake. The only problem is finding it. If you're lucky, a bakery or a restaurant will pick up on this day, and offer it as a special today. Otherwise, you may have to make an applesauce cake from scratch.

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READY IN: 1hr 10mins
SERVES: 12
INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 Eggs

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
Combine all ingredients; pour in prepared pan.
Bake 60-65 minutes or until done.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Anne Murray - Sing High - Sing Low
https://youtu.be/JirGlPXYJqI

Wellness of the Day

Step Up to These Easy Exercises for Seniors
https://www.activebeat.com/fitness/step-up-to-these-12-easy-exercises-for-seniors/

Take 5 for Self-Care

We all feel better and more relaxed  when we walk into a room and it looks inviting.  Take 5 minutes to make your bed, or tidy your work of counter space a little bit.

Friday

National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day honours the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army.

The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".

On National Doughnut Day, look to see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army or for another needy cause. If you find them, please be generous.

Note: The word "Doughnut" is often shortened to "Donut. So, if you see the term National Donut Day, its the same day.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Great Big Sea: I'se the B'y
https://youtu.be/6KZmuhrb1HQ

Wellness of the Day

10 Healthy Habits
https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/11-5-14-healthy-habits-for-seniors/

Take 5 for Self-Care

​​​Do something you enjoy today. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading or sitting in the fresh air drinking tea.

Saturday

National World War II D-Day Invasion

CANADA AT D-DAY 1944
Canada was a full partner in the success of the Allied landings in Normandy (‘D- Day’).
Determined to end four years of often-brutal German occupation, on 6 June 1944, Allied forces invaded Western Europe along an 80-kilometre front in Normandy, France. Of the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed or parachuted into the invasion area, 14,000 were Canadians. They assaulted a beachfront code-named “Juno”, while Canadian paratroopers landed just east of the assault beaches. Although the Allies encountered German defences bristling with artillery, machine guns, mines, and booby-traps, the invasion was a success.
Other Canadians helped achieve this victory. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 ships and 10,000 sailors in support of the landings while the R.C.A.F. had helped prepare the invasion by bombing targets inland. On D- Day and during the ensuing campaign, 15 R.C.A.F. fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons helped control the skies over Normandy and attacked enemy targets. On D-Day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed.

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Frank Mills - Music Box Dancer
https://youtu.be/Qwa0c8VO71s

Wellness of the Day

Well-being improvement activities for elderly
https://justlikefamilyhomecare.com/2018/07/03/elderly-improve-well-being/

Take 5 for Self-Care

Stay connected.
Staying in touch with family and friends is important for our mental wellbeing. Take a few minutes for a phone call, video call or social media instead of meeting in person.

Sunday

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a great day to eat North  America's favourite flavour of ice cream.

National Chocolate Ice Cream Day is a field day for ice cream makers. However, we probably don't need any additional incentive to eat Chocolate Ice Cream. And, with the arrival of warm, summer weather, cooling off with a little (or a lot) of chocolate ice cream is a natural.

Celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day by enjoying it today. It's as simple as that. Just make sure to eat it quickly before it melts in the summer heat.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe (Only 3-Ingredients)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rsLIcl7sW4

Quote of the Day

Humour of the Day

Music of the Day

Bing Crosby _ The Andrews Sisters - Don't Fence Me In
https://youtu.be/BjLQ0p_3PFI

Wellness of the Day

Easy Beginners Yoga Class with a Chair ? All Ages & Levels, 20 Minute Stretch Class, How To, At Home
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgWydhvYJpY

Take 5 for Self-Care

LAUGH!

When we laugh:
Levels of stress hormones decrease.
Your heart, lungs, and muscles are stimulated.
There is increased activity in parts of the brain’s reward system. 
Endorphins—the body’s natural pain blockers—are released.
You create a stronger immune system.
We feel improved mood and anxiety relief and have better interactions with others.

Incorporate funny things into your environment. It could be a goofy picture of your friends, family or pets; a page-a-day calendar; a mug with a witty saying or cartoon. Or maybe list three funny things that happened to you each day and when you need a laugh read them out and laugh again.

 

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: 06/01/2020