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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.

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Some daily activities courtesy of Activity Connection and Golden Carers.

 

Activities January 24- January 30

Monday

Today in History

2006 - Walt Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar. By the end of 2005, Pixar had become a giant in the world of movie animation, and on January 24, 2006, the company that brought the world the blockbuster hits Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004) was sold to the Walt Disney Company, their long-time distributor, for a staggering $7.4 billion.

Born this Day

Neil Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actor. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had ten No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts: "Cracklin' Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Longfellow Serenade", "I've Been This Way Before", "If You Know What I Mean", "Desirée", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "America", "Yesterday's Songs", and "Heartlight". Thirty-eight songs by Diamond have been featured in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. He also played in movies such as The Jazz Singer, a musical drama film.

Ed Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and musician. He has played paper salesman Andy Bernard in the NBC sitcom The Office (2006–2013), a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and starred as Stuart Price in The Hangover trilogy. He provided the voice of The Once-ler in Illumination’s The Lorax and the titular character in DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. In 2021, he starred in the comedy series Rutherford Falls.

Yakov Smirnoff (born January 24, 1951) is a Ukrainian-American comedian, actor and writer. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in Ukraine, then immigrated to the United States in 1977 in order to pursue an American show business career, not yet knowing any English. He reached his biggest success in the mid-to-late 1980s, appearing in several films which include Moscow on The Hudson with Robin Williams, The Money Pit with Tom Hanks, Heartburn with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, Brewster's Millions with Richard Pryor. 

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Music of the Day

Someone Like You – Van Morrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIrJK19dADI

Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sDawL8bC4I 

Dynamite – Taio Cruz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eya3m3FGW7E 

Wellness of the Day

“Rest” – MOVE Yoga Practice (30 Minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxlAXZUmevo 

Guided Meditation for Anxiety & Overthinking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA9DrMM41Fk 

Take 5 for Self-care

Try journaling every morning and night: In the morning write down 3 things you are grateful for, 3 things that would make today great, and a daily affirmation. At night write down 3 amazing things that happened and 3 things you could have done to make your day even better.

 

Tuesday

Today in History

1924 – First winter Olympics. On January 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports. The “International Winter Sports Week,” as it was known, was a great success, and in 1928 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially designated the Winter Games, staged in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as the second Winter Olympics.

Born this Day

Alicia Keys (born January 25, 1981)  is an American singer, songwriter and actress. A classically trained pianist, Keys began composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002.

Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975) is a Canadian actress, writer and social activist. She is known for television roles as Mandy in 24 (2001–2005), as Jenny Schecter in The L Word (2004–2009), as Amanda Grayson in Star Trek: Discovery (2017–2019), and as Isobel Flemming in The Vampire Diaries (2010-2011). Her film credits include Love and Human Remains (1993), Exotica (1994), The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Mad City (1997), Not Another Teen Movie (2001) and The Black Dahlia (2006).

Ana Oritz (born January 25, 1971) is an American actress and singer. Having pursued a career in ballet and singing from a young age, she eventually attended University of the Arts. Ortiz began her acting career in theatre, in early 2000s starred in the short-lived NBC sitcoms Kristin (2001) and A.U.S.A. (2003), and had recurring roles on Over There and Boston Legal. Ortiz garnered widespread attention for her role as Hilda Suarez in the ABC comedy-drama series Ugly Betty from 2006 to 2010. She also appeared in such films like Labor Pains (2009) and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), and starred in Little Girl Lost: The Delimar Vera Story (2008). 

 

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Music of the Day

When We Were Young – Adele https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1IuJLebHgM 

80s Mercedes – Maren Morris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9md97nN_SQ 

Love Story – Taylor Swift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xg3vE8Ie_E 

Wellness of the Day

5-Minute Seated Abs for Seniors and Beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DCWiYPjUEw 

Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Octopus (No Sewing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWx_fXVErXU 

Take 5 for Self-care

Drink lots of water: It’s hard to remember to drink water, especially in the winter! Try to drink water throughout the day – it helps with your skin, mood, digestion, and lots more.

 

Wednesday

Today in History

1986 - Bears beat Patriots in Super Bowl XX. On January 26, 1986, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Chicago Bears score a Super Bowl record number of points to defeat the New England Patriots, 46-10, and win their first championship since 1963. Led by Coach Mike Ditka, a tight end for the Bears during their 1963 NFL Championship win, Chicago won 17 of 18 games to reach the championship match-up with the Patriots, who became only the fourth wild-card team in history to advance to the Super Bowl.

Born this Day

Wayne Gretzky (born January 26, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "the Great One", he has been called the greatest hockey player ever by many sportswriters, players, the NHL itself, and by The Hockey News, based on extensive surveys of hockey writers, ex-players, general managers and coaches. Gretzky is the leading goal scorer, assist producer and point scorer in NHL history, and has more assists in his career than any other player scored total points. He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season, a feat he accomplished four times.

Ellen DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003. Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s and included a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As a film actress, DeGeneres starred in Mr. Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999), and provided the voice of Dory in the Disney/Pixar animated films Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016); for Nemo, she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first time an actress won a Saturn Award for a voice performance. 

Eddie Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) was an American musician and songwriter. He was the main songwriter and guitarist of the American rock band Van Halen, which he co-founded in 1972 with his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth. He is regarded as one of the all-time greatest guitar players in rock historyand was well known for popularizing the tapping guitar solo technique, allowing rapid arpeggios to be played with two hands on the fretboard.

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Music of the Day

Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0ibBPhiaG0 

Something Like That – Tim McGraw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYRFgWbalBE 

Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOQV__Z55eE 

Wellness of the Day

“Curiosity” – MOVE Yoga Practice (20 Minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ8H7AvIF3k 

Healthy Soup Recipes to Boost Immune System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck9qdj_d_4s 

Take 5 for Self-care

Build a snowman or go outside just for fun! You are never too old to enjoy some fun in the snow.

 

Thursday

Today in History

1965 – Shelby GT 350 debuts. On January 27, 1965, the Shelby GT 350, a version of a Ford Mustang sports car developed by the American auto racer and car designer Carroll Shelby, is launched. The Shelby GT 350, which featured a 306 horsepower V-8 engine, remained in production through the end of the 1960s and today is a valuable collector’s item.

Born this Day

Patton Oswalt (born January 27, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He starred as Spence Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens (1998–2007) and narrated the sitcom The Goldbergs (2013–present) as adult Adam F. Goldberg. After making his acting debut in the Seinfeld episode "The Couch", he has since appeared in a variety of television series, such as Parks and RecreationCommunityTwo and a Half MenDrunk HistoryReno 911!Mystery Science Theater 3000ArcherVeepJustifiedKim Possible, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Alan Cumming (born January 27, 1965) is a Scottish actor. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (for which he received an Olivier Award), the lead in Bent, The National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae and Samuel Beckett's Endgame at The Old Vic opposite Daniel Radcliffe. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, as the master of ceremonies in Cabaret (for which he won a Tony Award), Design for Living, and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth.

Nick Mason (born January 27, 1944)  is an English drummer and founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He is the only member to feature on every Pink Floyd album, and the only constant member since its formation in 1965. He co-wrote Pink Floyd compositions such as "Echoes", "Time", "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" and "One of These Days".

 

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Music of the Day

Saturday Sun – Vance Joy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKqMNQkjHmI 

Hotel Key – Old Dominion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48eDL0mDetU 

With Or Without You – U2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elyC9B4Kusk 

Wellness of the Day

10-Minute Balance Workout for Seniors and Beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnHsrXCTjnM 

Exercises to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R69mbvbEdUY 

Take 5 for Self-care

Read a new book: Take a few minutes a couple times a day to read a few pages of a good book. This will help you relax and exercise your mind!

 

Friday

Today in History

1985 - Music stars gather to record “We Are the World”. The special instruction Quincy Jones sent out to the several dozen pop stars invited to participate in the recording of “We Are the World” was this: “Check your egos at the door.” Jones was the producer of a record that would eventually go on to sell more than 7 million copies and raise more than $60 million for African famine relief. But before “We Are the World” could achieve those feats, it had to be captured on tape—no simple feat considering the number of major recording artists slated to participate. With only one chance to get the recording the way he and songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wanted it, Jones convened the marathon recording session of “We Are the World” at around 10 p.m. on the evening of January 28, 1985, immediately following the conclusion of the American Music Awards ceremony held just a few miles away.

Born this Day

Nick Carter (born January 28, 1980) is an American musician, singer and actor who gained fame as a teen idol. He is best known as a member of the vocal group the Backstreet Boys. As of 2015, Carter has released three solo albums, Now or NeverI'm Taking Off and All American during breaks between Backstreet Boys schedules, and a collaboration with Jordan Knight titled Nick & Knight. He has made occasional television appearances and starred in his own reality shows, House of Carters and I (Heart) Nick Carter.

Sarah Ann McLachlan (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. As of 2015, she had sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased women musicians.

Joey Fatone (born January 28, 1977) is an American singer, dancer, actor, and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boyband NSYNC, in which he sang baritone. In 2007, he came in second place on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars. He was the host of the U.S. and Australian versions of The Singing Bee, which aired on NBC in the U.S. Fatone was also the announcer for the game show Family Feud from 2010 to 2015.

 

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Music of the Day

State Lines – Novo Amor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MACzQc6FlRM 

Even If It Breaks Your Heart – Eli Young Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5GnZYxI4M 

Come Together – The Beatles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45cYwDMibGo 

Wellness of the Day

“Uplift” – MOVE Yoga Practice (30 Minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xMcGzuORCM

Guided Meditation for Relaxation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krBvzDlL0mM 

Take 5 for Self-care

Make lemon water: Adding a slice or 2 of lemon to your water has so many benefits including promoting hydration, improving your skin, aiding digestion, boosting your immune system, and reducing inflammation.

 

Saturday

Today in History

1936 - U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members. On January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.

Born this Day

Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media," she was the richest African-American of the 20th century, was once the world's only black billionaire, and the greatest black philanthropist in U.S. history. 

Justin Hartley (born January 29, 1977) is an American actor. He is known for his television roles that include Fox Crane on the NBC daytime soap opera Passions (2002–2006), Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on The CW television series Smallville (2006–2011), and Adam Newman on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless (2014–2016) which earned him an Emmy nomination. Hartley appeared in the recurring role of Patrick Osbourne in the third season of the television series Revenge. Since 2016, he has starred as Kevin Pearson in the NBC drama series This Is Us, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Adam Lambert (born January 29, 1982) is an American singer and songwriter. Since 2009, he has sold over 3 million albums and 5 million singles worldwide. Lambert is known for his dynamic vocal performances that fuse his theatrical training with modern and classic genres. Lambert rose to fame in 2009 after finishing as runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol. Later that year, he released his debut album For Your Entertainment, which debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album spawned several singles, including "Whataya Want from Me", for which he received a Grammy nomination for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance".

 

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Music of the Day

My Heart’s Always Yours – Arkells https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VexuUr4pN-Q 

May We All – Florida Georgia Line & Tim McGraw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBsmfSenVv8

 One Week – Barenaked Ladies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gES4Z1ll9nI 

Wellness of the Day

Good Morning Seated Stretches to Start Your Day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCjk66PIEyI 

Low Impact Beginner Cardio Workout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvLAtoKVvAM 

Take 5 for Self-care

Write yourself a letter telling yourself that you are proud of yourself and that you are doing a great job. Most times we don’t give ourselves enough credit and struggle to appreciate ourselves and see how amazing we truly are!

 

Sunday

Today in History

1994 – Dan Jensen skates world-record 500 meters. On January 30, 1994, the American speed skater Dan Jansen sets a new world record of 35.76 at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Born this Day

Phil Collins (born January 30, 1951)  is an English drummer, singer, record producer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known as the drummer/singer of the rock band Genesis and for his solo career. Between 1982 and 1990, Collins achieved three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, he had more US top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s.

Christian Bale (born January 30, 1974)  is an English actor. Known for his versatility and recurring physical transformations to play his roles, he has been a leading man in films of several genres. Bale is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Time magazine included him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2011.

Olivia Colman (born January 30, 1974) is an English actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, four BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, two Critics' Choice Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the British Film Institute Fellowship. A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Colman made her breakthrough in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show (2003–2015).

 

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Music of the Day

Sunflower, Vol. 6 – Harry Styles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUUElxEGo0U 

We Owned The Night – Lady Antebellum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIAu-dx21Bs 

All The Small Things – blink-182 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok5BJlAd5-4 

Wellness of the Day

“Mobility” – MOVE Yoga Practice (25 Minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s5MEhUblzQ 

15-Minute Deep Breathing Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F28MGLlpP90 

Take 5 for Self-care

Write out some goals for the month: Set some goals that are achievable and that will make you happy and help you enjoy the new year!

 

 

 

 

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.

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