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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 December 7 - December 13

Monday

National Letter Writing Day

Today is  Letter Writing Day. Take a few minutes, and send someone a hand written letter.

Does anybody write letters anymore!? Letter writing is almost a lost art skill. Most letters and notes nowadays, are on texts, emails and instant messages. Messages are sent much more quickly via smart phones and the internet.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone, either printed or in cursive?

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

Bryan Adams - Christmas Time

https://youtu.be/aV-eP8K6bhw

Wellness of the Day

4 things you can do to alleviate caregiver stress

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/4-things-you-can-do-to-alleviate-caregiver-stress

Take 5 for Self-Care

Show Gratitude

When we stop to consider the things we're grateful for, no matter their scale, we immediately re-evaluate our life in a more positive light. Instead of dwelling on all the things that are troubling you or preventing your success/joy/sense of fulfillment, try listing all the things you are truly thankful for.

It doesn't have to be anything huge: maybe the local grocery clerk greets you with a sincere and personable compliment or smile or perhaps you have a loving partner or friend who always makes you laugh, maybe you live in a part of the world others only dream of visiting or maybe even the warm of a cup of coffee or tea.

Taking a moment, even in the midst of a particularly stressful day, to count your blessings can help you regain a bit of necessary perspective.

Tuesday

National Brownie Day

National Brownie Day celebrates chocolatey, chewy brownies.

Brownie lovers, love chocolate. Conversely, chocolate lovers, love brownies. Therefore, it’s only natural, that we have a special day to celebrate brownies.

It's fun and easy to enjoy this special day. First, select your favourite brownie recipe, and bake a batch of brownies. You can add nuts, if you prefer. Topping the brownies with chocolate frosting is a good thing, too. Finally, eat them! You can have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack.

P.S.  Don't forget the glass of milk!  

Susan's Chocolate Brownie Recipe Yield: 16 squares

Susan's Chocolate Brownie Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (use less if you want)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 squares melted chocolate

How to make Susan's Chocolate Brownies:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix in shortening and sugar until light.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until smooth.
  5. Mix in melted chocolate.
  6. Add in flour mixture from step #1.
  7. Mix until smooth.
  8. Pour batter into a greased cake pan.
  9. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime

https://youtu.be/94Ye-3C1FC8

Wellness of the Day

10-minute Indoor Walking Workout #2 for Seniors, Beginner Exercisers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaX-YbOi3I

Take 5 for Self-Care

Have A Good Laugh

A good laugh can not only brighten your day, but scientists have found that laughter lowers the blood pressure, boosts endorphins (also known as ‘happy hormones'), reduces stress, and even tones your abs!

Catching a funny show, reading the comics, or chatting with a dazzlingly quick-witted friend can be all the silver lining you need to put your day back into a more light-hearted balance.

Laugh Along Session - 5 mins of straight laughter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q12BrILslb4

Wednesday

National Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day, honours Sir Henry Cole (1818 - 1874) of England. Cole created the first commercial Christmas Card in 1843.

Just a few decades ago, sending Christmas cards through the mail was a holiday "must". Now, sending cards through the mail continues to decline in popularity. The cost and time for writing and sending cards has caused many people to stop sending them. Free Ecards have surged in popularity. Animated Christmas and daily seasonal Ecards have made sending and receiving them a lot of fun. 

Today is a good day to send out your Christmas cards and holiday greetings.  If you have yet to do so, use today to get a start.

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

Frosty the Snowman (with lyrics)

https://youtu.be/k6zW225k_O0

Wellness of the Day

5 Stretches to Do

https://www.kendalathome.org/blog/5-stretches-for-older-adults

Take 5 for Self-Care

Turn Up the Tunes

Music has long held a powerful sway over humans – why else do we “set the mood” with romantic ballads or up the energy with upbeat tunes? Listening to your favorite music on the morning ride can rev you up and keep you going.

Conversely, chilling out in the evening to some soothing sounds can help you unwind and let go of the day's events.

Thursday

National Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day, created by the United Nations, promotes awareness of the importance of Human Rights issues around the world. On this date in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each year, the United Nations, establishes a new theme for the year. In 2006, the theme is fighting poverty.

Human rights is something we easily take for granted in the United States. Elsewhere, freedom and basic human rights are not a given.
Participate in this day by learning more about human rights issues around the globe. Offer your time and money in support of a human rights issue that is important to you.

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride (Official Audio)

https://youtu.be/XZTzai1H9DM

Wellness of the Day

30 MIN Connective Tissue Workout with Miranda Esmonde-White | Essentrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbWgGgRLp94

Take 5 for Self-Care

Stop and Smell The Roses

Over the years, studies have shown that scents have a considerable effect on our senses and thus, mental outlook. A recent Rutgers University study in particular revealed that those who work in rooms naturally scented with flowers perform considerably better than those who do not and what's more maintain an overall cheerier demeanor.

Try keeping a fragrant plant or fresh bouquet of flowers by your desk or bedside table and see if you find your mood unexpectedly lifted.

Friday

National Noodle Ring Day

National Noodle Ring Day is a December day that kids young and old have been impatiently awaiting......yeah, right!

What would cooking be like without the noodle ring? We shudder to think about it. We are certainly relieved that the Noodle Ring exists, so we can cook them in one recipe after another. And, doesn't it make sense that we honour the Noodle Ring with its own very special day!?

BTW: Is the proper term "Noodle Ring" or "Ring Noodle"? We will let you make the call on this important question.
Get your fill of noodle rings today. After all, that's what this day is for.

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

Let it Snow - Michael Buble

https://youtu.be/-10fWHdpmks

Wellness of the Day

24 Healthy Christmas Snacks

https://www.womansday.com/food-recipes/food-drinks/g2058/healthy-holiday-snacks-for-kids/

Take 5 for Self-Care

Do Nice Things for Others

Whether you believe in karma or not, there's no denying the joy of seeing someone's face light up at a thoughtful gesture on your part. Just as helping others tends to give us a sense of helping ourselves, even the smallest gesture of kindness can induce a smile of one's own.

Saturday

National Poinsettia Day

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These beautiful flowers are a well-recognized symbol of Christmas. Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress. It is in honour of Joel Roberts Poinsettia, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsettia was the first Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsettia brought this colourful plant back to his plantation in the U.S.  He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends.

According to Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. You guessed it... Poinsettias.

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

Idina Menzel & Michael Bublé - Baby It's Cold Outside

https://youtu.be/6bbuBubZ1yE

Wellness of the Day

Yoga For Neck, Shoulders, Upper Back - 10 Minute Yoga Quickie - Yoga With Adriene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3-gKPNyrTA

Take 5 for Self-Care

Draw from your strengths

Research shows that we learn more from our victories than from our failures. When we succeed, we feel happiness and fireworks start lighting up inside of us. Well, our brains notice too and try to remember these sensations and the behaviors that had led to the triumph, so that they could be repeated again.

Start by making  a Strengths Inventory and read it often. Start with one or two things. But the crucial part here is to put them into practice. So, try to use at least one of these strengths every day in a new way. Cultivate and develop them over time.

Sunday

National Violin Day

The violin is easily the most popular bowed string instrument across the world, and we’re really not all that surprised to see that the violin does in fact have a day dedicated to its existence. After all, everything from Western and Indian classical music to bluegrass and jazz would be unimaginable today without the violin. It’s quite possibly the most versatile instrument in the world in terms of repertoire, and that’s why there’s a Violin Day to celebrate it!

History of Violin

The violin itself evolved from medieval fiddles, and came into a distinct form by the 15th century (most violins today are copies after either Stradivarius or Amati, the latter being active as a violinmaker in the 16th century), becoming the most popular virtuoso instrument in Europe by the 1660s.

Today, the violin not only remains an indispensable feature of western classical music, but has found its way into various forms of classical and folk music around the world as well as various other genres. There are a lot of violinists and fiddle players throughout the world today, so it we can see why Violin Day caught on.

In fact, the violin is present in the most prestigious musical groups in the world, including the Venetian Philharmonic Orchestra! Imagine an instrument with such humble beginnings becoming such an important mainstay of modern classical music.

Quote of the Day

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Humour of the Day

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Music of the Day

U.S.A. For Africa - We Are the World (Official Video)

https://youtu.be/9AjkUyX0rVw

Wellness of the Day

Low-Impact EASY Cardio Dance Workout

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF75L-s7PM4

Take 5 for Self-Care

Get Silly

Research indicates the psychological and physiological benefits of dancing, singing, and laughing. So why not join a choir, take some dance classes, sing at the top of your lungs in the shower, or even start dance parties in your kitchen while you’re making dinner?

If you need a suggestion for a song to get you started, try Happy by Pharrell Williams. It’s one of my personal favorite pick-me-ups.

 
 

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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