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Tips for Creating Activity Spaces in the Garden for an Elder

Creating activity spaces for elderly loved ones is important especially for those folks with Alzheimer's or memory loss. Activity spaces in ...
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Spring Walks for Remembering

Spring is here and there is so much to see and remember. Each season has its own beauty, but spring ...
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How to Make a Pinwheel

Pinwheels are not only pretty to look at, but a lot of fun to make. Here is a short tutorial on ...
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Nature Painting

For many of us who aren't artists, painting is one of those art forms that can be intimidating before you even try. You ...
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Simple Activities to Beat the Heat

Trying to think of ways to help an older family member beat the heat? Here are a few ideas for keeping cool ...
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Decorate a Gardening Hat

Hats are a dime a dozen... but when you decorate your own, it's unique. Gardening hats are a must when ...
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Garden Checklist for Senior Gardeners

If you take care of a loved one that enjoys gardening, there is no greater joy than doing SOMETHING in ...
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Gathering and Making Potpourri

There's something satisfying about making your own potpourri. It might be in the search for the beauty of nature, but ...
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12 New Things to Explore With an Older Family Member

Unexplored paths Lead to undiscovered treasures. Constance Chuks Friday Chances to explore are everywhere and if you spend a lot ...
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Summertime Sensory Activities

 Summer is an abundant season for our senses! Sensory activities help us to stay connected to the world around us. Use ...
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Remember When? Summer Time

What do you remember about Summertime? Remember when... you went to the drive-in movie theater to see a movie? Is ...
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Fun Photo Inspirations for Grandparents and Grandkids

Consider these activities with the kids an inspiration for fun photos! If you are caring for an older family member or ...
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10 Activities to do in June With an Older Family Member

Celebrate June with a few family activities! June offers many activity opportunities! Here are a few that include an older family member! ...
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Backyard Games to Play with an Older Family Member

Plan to Play Backyard Games! In honor of National Backyard Games Week, here are 10 backyard games to play with ...
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Plant a Patio Sensory Garden

If you would be happy all your life, plant a garden. —Chinese Proverb Patio gardens are a beautiful way to ...
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The Sensory Garden

A Sensory Garden invites us to experience the world with a "different set of eyes". If you cannot see, you ...
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Rhubarb, Raspberry, and Strawberry Pie

For Those Who Enjoy Making Pies Here is a recipe to make with an older family member or friend who ...
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Crafts From Pressed Flowers

Using and Preserving Flowers... is the next step in the process of Collecting and Pressing Flowers. In that blog post ...
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Reminiscing About Farming and Country Ways of Life

If your loved one has ever been touched by or interested in farming, gardening, or country ways of life, here ...
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5 Gardening Activities With Grandparents

The outside world gives us so much to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel. Help a child and grandparent to ...
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Collecting and Pressing Flowers

Pressing flowers is an old craft, one that has been around for many years. Children and adults have easily preserved ...
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Creating Garden Markers for Remembering

How often do we go out and forget the names of the flowers and vegetables we planted? For me that ...
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10 Activities to do with Grandparents at the Park

The next time you take the kids to the park to play, don't forget to take an older family member ...
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10 Places to Take Grandma and Grandpa This Summer

Summer offers so many outdoor and outing opportunities for older family members. Here are some ideas for the whole family to ...
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Reminiscing with Dad

On Father's Day or any day it's always a great time to reminisce with Dad. Here are some topics and ...
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Get Moving…In the Garden

We all know moving our bodies has physical as well as psychological benefits. But moving in the garden has so ...
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A Botanical Garden Visit

Visiting a botanical garden is both a stimulating and peaceful experience. It's quiet, yet you hear the sound of crickets, ...
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Summer Reminiscing

Pour some lemonade, sit on the porch and reminisce with your older friend or family member about summers past. Activities ...
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Remembering in the Garden

A garden can stimulate memories from long ago. Spending time in a garden can bring back memories of once having ...
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The Senior Gardener’s Toolbox

Here are some tips and tools for the Senior Gardener, depending on abilities: Use raised beds, boxes, or flower pots at ...
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Make Your Own Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens are lovely miniature gardens that are delightful to look at. They can captivate the imagination of young and ...
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Painting Birdhouses

Painting birdhouses is fun for young and old alike. This is a great intergenerational activity, because it's simple and there's no ...
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Brain Bites – Small Ways to Challenge Your Brain-For Elders

Exercising our minds on a daily basis is just as important as exercising our bodies. There are many small ways all day long to help an elder jog his mind. These cognitive activities can be done with an elder you may be caring for.

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Here are some cognitive activities to do with an elder you may be caring for.

  • Read the newspaper together either in print or on-line. Read what happened this day in history and reminisce about the events you both remember.
  • Make to-do lists together. Make a grocery list, meal list for the week, places you need to go, activities you will do, and people you will visit (in person, telephone, writing letters, or on-line).
  • Be social and visit with others. Conversation in the form of talking or reading/writing letters keeps us informed as well as included in everyday life.
  • Search for recipes you would like to make or old ones you have made in the past.
  • Do cross words, mazes, word searches, or Sudoku together.
  • Get a good book of poetry and read a few poems everyday. Talk about them when you finish.
  • Likewise read a chapter from a book each day together. Or read a short story from a short story book.
  • Recite the prayers your elder knows. Read from the bible.
  • Learn some words from a different language like “hello” “goodbye” or other simple words.
  • Sing songs together. If you don’t know the words print out the lyrics from the internet.
  • Set up a jigsaw puzzle and work on it daily.
  • Read “I Spy” books. These are great fun and challenging especially with the grandkids. Also play your own game of “I Spy” with the grandkids.
  • And while the grandkids are visiting play a game of hangman or tic-tac-toe. Or pull out the flashcards for a quick quiz on math.
  • Remember paint by number pictures? There are many benefits. It’s not only intellectual, it is creative, and relaxing (for some).
  • Take this Bakers Quiz or Geography Quiz for some trivia question challenges.
  • Reminisce any time of the day. This can be done anywhere, anytime!
  • Listen to Old Time Radio quiz shows, historical shows, music, and other shows that an elder may remember.