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.

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Some daily activities courtesy of Activity Connection and Golden Carers.

 

Activities June 10- June 16

Monday

Today in History

1752 - On June 10, 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects ambient electrical charge in a Leyden jar, enabling him to demonstrate the connection between lightning and electricity. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments.

Born this Day

Bridget Kearney (born June 10, 1985) is an American musician and songwriter. She is a founding member of the band Lake Street Dive and winner of the 2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Jazz category. Kearney's debut solo album, Won't Let You Down, was released by Signature Sounds Recordings in 2017 followed by a number of singles released on YouTube, social media sites such as Instagram and available for personal music collections from most major channels.

Ben Daniels (born June 10, 1964) is an English actor. Initially a stage actor, Daniels was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for Never the Sinner (1991), the Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for 900 Oneonta (1994), Best Actor in the M.E.N. Theatre Awards for Martin Yesterday (1998), and won the 2001 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Arthur Miller play All My Sons.

Faith Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American singer. Born in Lakeland, Florida, and raised in New Jersey, she relocated to Los Angeles in 1991 for a career in the music business. She worked as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure! and Christopher Williams. On the label, she featured on records with several label mates such as 112 and Carl Thomas, and released three platinum-certified studio albums between 1995 and 2001: Faith (1995) and Keep the Faith (1998), and Faithfully (2001)

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Out of My League – Fitz and The Tantrums https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-QmZpLWjHc 

Talladega – Eric Church https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amCklYsfUCw

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGJTaP6anOU

Wellness of the Day

Yoga for Gut Health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p433HzhvB44 

7 Recipes You Can Make In 5 Minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_5wHw6l11o 

Take 5 for Self-care

Remember your sunscreen! Th warm weather is finally here, but don’t forget your sunscreen if you will be outside for longer than a couple minutes. You can still get a sunburn with a low UV index and even when it’s cloudy.

Tuesday

Today in History

1982 - “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” released. Then 34-year-old director Steven Spielberg reportedly drew on his own experiences as an unusually imaginative, often-lonely child of divorce for his science-fiction classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which is released on June 11, 1982.

Born this Day

Jackie Stewart (born June 11, 1939) is a British former Formula One racing driver from Scotland. Nicknamed the "Flying Scot", he competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three World Drivers' Championships and twice finishing as runner-up over those nine seasons.

Adrienne Barbeau (born June 11, 1945) is an American actress, singer and the author of three books. Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970s as Broadway's original Rizzo in the musical Grease, and as Carol Traynor, the divorced daughter of Maude Findlay (played by Bea Arthur) on the sitcom Maude (1972–1978). In 1980, she began appearing in horror and science fiction films, including The Fog (1980), Escape from New York (1981), Creepshow (1982), and Swamp Thing (1982).

Graham Russel (born June 11, 1950) is an English musician, songwriter, and singer/guitarist of the soft rock duo Air Supply. In 1975, with Russell Hitchcock, he formed Air Supply in Australia. The duo have been singing and performing romantic songs and ballads, such as "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "Every Woman in the World", "The One That You Love", "Even the Nights Are Better", "Goodbye" and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All", for more than 45 years.

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Maps – Maroon 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZW_fk3BFqU 

It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4keD5Qvya4 

Tumbling Dice – The Rolling Stones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcym7M1Obb8 

Wellness of the Day

10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl_B45DpMLU 

9 Minute HIIT Workout for Beginners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWCm9piAwAU 

Take 5 for Self-care

Hydrate: it’s very easy to get dehydrated when the weather is warm. The more you sweat and the more you are physically active, the more water you need to drink!

Wednesday

Today in History

1942 - Anne Frank receives a diary. On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, receives a diary for her 13th birthday. A month later, she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis.

Born this Day

Dave Franco (born June 12, 1985) is an American actor, voice actor, and filmmaker. He began his career with small roles in films such as Superbad (2007) and Charlie St. Cloud (2010). Following a starring role in the ninth season of the comedy series Scrubs, Franco had his film breakthrough as a supporting role in the buddy comedy film 21 Jump Street (2012).

Mel Rodriguez (born June 12, 1973) is an American actor, best known for starring as Nurse Patsy de la Serda on the HBO comedy Getting On, as Todd Rodriguez on the Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth, and as Ernie Gomes on the Showtime drama On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Other notable works include recurring as Marco Pasternak on AMC's Better Call Saul and co-starring on the short-lived Fox sitcoms Running Wilde and Enlisted. In 2021, Rodriguez appeared in the crime television series CSI: Vegas.

Sonia Manzano (born June 12, 1950) is an American actress, screenwriter, author, speaker and singer-songwriter. She is best known for playing Maria on Sesame Street from 1971 until her departure in 2015. She is the creator of the animated children's television series Alma's Way, from Fred Rogers Productions, and also serves as an executive producer, writer and voice actor for the show.

 

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Music of the Day

Past Life – Arkells & Cold War Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7fT9nRy52I 

Lucky – Jade Eagleson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzylzqKoZH0 

Mustang Sally – Commitments   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6iSeCTiU88

Wellness of the Day

Fill Your Cup Yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4dVbaLqg84 

5 Homemade Popsicle Recipes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qbh9gkbWUA 

Take 5 for Self-care

Try essential oils: essential oils can be diffused into the air to help promote relaxation. Some of my favourites are lavender essential oil and eucalyptus! 

Thursday

Today in History

1983 - NASA's Pioneer 10 spacecraft became the first man-made object to leave the central solar system. Pioneer 10 was launched on March 2, 1972, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its primary mission was to travel through the asteroid belt and conduct a flyby of Jupiter, providing unprecedented close-up images and data of the planet and its moons. After its successful Jupiter mission, Pioneer 10 continued its journey outward. On June 13, 1983, it crossed the orbit of Neptune, the outermost planet in our solar system at the time.

 

Born this Day

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (born on June 13, 1986) are American actresses, fashion designers, and businesswomen. They began their careers as infants, sharing the role of Michelle Tanner on the popular television series "Full House." The twins quickly became child stars, starring in numerous TV shows, films, and direct-to-video productions. As they grew older, they transitioned from acting to the fashion industry, establishing successful fashion brands such as The Row and Elizabeth and James. The Olsen twins are known for their influence in both the entertainment and fashion worlds, and their transition from child stars to respected fashion designers is widely regarded as a successful reinvention.

Chris Evans (born on June 13, 1981) is an American actor best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Evans's portrayal of the iconic superhero has made him a household name and a beloved figure among comic book fans. Before his breakout role in the MCU, Evans appeared in various films and TV shows, including "Not Another Teen Movie" and "Fantastic Four." Beyond his superhero persona, Evans has demonstrated his range as an actor in movies like "Snowpiercer," "Gifted," and "Knives Out." He is also known for his directorial debut with the film "Before We Go."

Tim Allen (born on June 13, 1953) is an American actor and comedian known for his roles in popular television shows and films. He gained fame for his portrayal of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the long-running sitcom "Home Improvement," which aired from 1991 to 1999 and earned him a Golden Globe Award. Allen is also well-known for his role as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" franchise and as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in "The Santa Clause" film series. 

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Music of the Day

Mean – Taylor Swift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYa1eI1hpDE 

Young Once – Sam Hunt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3KT-2fBIZo 

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X791IzOwt3Q 

Wellness of the Day

Chair Cardio Workout https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXfS7CWM7lQ 

Easy Flower Painting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxlM-dntQ6c 

Take 5 for Self-care

Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. These are super important in maintaining your overall health!

 

Friday

Today in History

1982 - The Falklands War ends. The Falklands War began on April 2, 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic. The United Kingdom, under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, responded by dispatching a naval task force to reclaim the islands. On June 14, 1982, Argentine forces in the Falklands capital, Port Stanley, surrendered to British troops, effectively ending the conflict. This surrender came after a brief but intense campaign that saw significant losses on both sides.

Born this Day

Boy George, born George Alan O'Dowd (born on June 14, 1961), is a British singer, songwriter, and fashion icon. He is best known as the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club, which gained international fame in the 1980s with hits like "Karma Chameleon" and "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" Known for his androgynous appearance and flamboyant style, Boy George has also had a successful solo career and remains an influential figure in the music and fashion industries.

Lucy Hale (born on June 14, 1989) is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Aria Montgomery on the popular television series "Pretty Little Liars." Hale's performance in the show earned her critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. In addition to acting, she has pursued a career in music, releasing her debut country album, "Road Between," in 2014. Hale continues to work in television and film, expanding her repertoire with a variety of roles across different genres.

Yasmine Bleeth (born on June 14, 1968) Yasmine Bleeth is an American actress best known for her role as Caroline Holden on the popular television series "Baywatch." Bleeth's portrayal of the glamorous lifeguard made her a household name in the 1990s and contributed to the show's global success. Besides "Baywatch," she appeared in various TV shows and movies, including "Nash Bridges" and the soap opera "Ryan's Hope."

 

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One – Mary J Blige & U2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpDQJnI4OhU

Truck Yeah – Tim McGraw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf7GfUORHtw 

The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN120kCiVyQ 

Wellness of the Day

Take 5 Yoga Break https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQFf38xeBww 

5 Minute Mindful Breathing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-SFdhVwrVA 

Take 5 for Self-care

Find a hobby: hobbies can help us to relax and find happiness! Try reading a book, doing a craft, or trying a new activity such as yoga, Zumba, or fishing.

 

Saturday

Today in History

1991 - Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines experienced a catastrophic eruption on June 15, 1991, one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century. After more than 400 years of dormancy, Mount Pinatubo erupted violently, producing a massive ash column that reached over 40 kilometers into the atmosphere. The eruption began on June 12, but the most powerful explosion occurred on June 15, releasing vast amounts of volcanic material. The ash cloud affected weather patterns globally, leading to a temporary cooling of the Earth's surface temperatures by about 0.5 degrees Celsius.

Born this Day

Helen Hunt (born on June 15, 1963) is an American actress, director, and screenwriter. She gained widespread fame for her role as Jamie Buchman in the popular television sitcom "Mad About You," for which she won four Primetime Emmy Awards. Hunt's film career includes notable performances in "As Good as It Gets," for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, "Twister," and "The Sessions." 

Courteney Cox (born on June 15, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and director best known for her role as Monica Geller on the iconic television series "Friends." Her portrayal of Monica earned her widespread recognition and several award nominations. Cox also starred in the "Scream" film series as Gale Weathers, establishing herself in the horror genre. 

Neil Patrick Harris (born on June 15, 1973) is an American actor, singer, and television host. He first gained fame as a child actor playing the title role in the television series "Doogie Howser, M.D." Harris later achieved widespread acclaim for his role as Barney Stinson in the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," earning several Emmy nominations. He is also known for his work in theater, including his Tony Award-winning performance in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." 

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Music of the Day

By Your Side – Sade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8QJmI_V3j4

Anthem – Brett Kissel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0caf-6V_GsE 

You Were Meant for Me - Jewel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WW4qcmrJ3E

Wellness of the Day

All is Well – Meditation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQaUNPS8zkI 

Standing Core & Glute Exercises for Seniors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-btBxA9jVJo 

Take 5 for Self-care

Listen to music: music can help boost your mood throughout the day. Try listening to  new genre, or some of your old favourites!

 

Sunday

Today in History

1967 - The Monterey Pop Festival opens. The Monterey Pop Festival, held over three days from June 16-18, 1967, in Monterey, California, was one of the first major rock festivals. It set the precedent for future music festivals, including Woodstock, by showcasing a diverse lineup of artists and promoting a spirit of peace and love. Notable performances included Jimi Hendrix, who famously set his guitar on fire; Janis Joplin, and The Who. Monterey Pop is often seen as the beginning of the "Summer of Love." It brought together people from various backgrounds in a celebration of music, peace, and unity. The festival's emphasis on artistic freedom and social change reflected the era's cultural and political currents.

Born this Day

Tupac Shakur (born on June 16, 1971), also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper, actor, and activist. Known for his powerful lyrics and storytelling ability, Tupac addressed social issues such as racial inequality, poverty, and violence in his music. Some of his most famous songs include "Changes," "Dear Mama," and "California Love." 

Laurie Metcalf (born on June 16, 1955) is an American actress known for her work in television, film, and theater. She gained widespread recognition for her role as Jackie Harris on the long-running sitcom "Roseanne," which earned her three Primetime Emmy Awards. Metcalf has also received critical acclaim for her performances in films such as "Lady Bird," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and in stage productions, including "A Doll's House, Part 2," which won her a Tony Award. 

John Cho (born on June 16, 1972) is a Korean-American actor and musician known for his roles in both comedy and drama. He first gained fame for his role as Harold Lee in the "Harold & Kumar" film series and further established his career with roles in movies like "Star Trek," where he played Hikaru Sulu, and "Searching," which earned him critical acclaim for his performance as a father searching for his missing daughter.

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Music of the Day

Clocks – Coldplay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFW2uSCZ0uE 

Cold As You – Luke Combs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTYeXPpTfAY 

The Middle – Jimmy Eat World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QWzYjatCCs 

Wellness of the Day

Yoga for Social Anxiety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1097wYhDOY 

Relaxing Music to De-Stress with Scenery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlWiI4xVXKY 

Take 5 for Self-care

Give yourself a hug: sometimes it can feel lonely, and it seems silly to hug yourself but I promise you it works! You are hard on yourself sometimes, you deserve a hug 😊

 

 

 

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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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