National Aviation Day is August 19th
Materials: Have some colorful paper airplanes for residents to throw around. Offer some paper with guides to make their own afterwards.
Opening Recording: “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin
Discussion: Who has flown a plane? For what reason did you fly? Service? Commercial? Personal? If you flew the plane, what kind of plane was it?
Sing: Blue Skies, I’m Leavin’ on a Jet Plane
Who has taken a trip in a plane? Where did you go?
I grew up dressing and primping my Barbie’s and baby dolls. My mom had sewn clothes for all my dolls. So, when I had girls of my own, I made clothes for their dolls too. Playing dress up with the baby dolls was part of the fun. The developmental skills learned by having and caring for dolls is priceless.
Research shows that when kids play with dolls, it teaches them about themselves and those around them. On a basic level, it teaches them fine motor skills and self-help skills by dressing and undressing the dolls. Speech and language development through pretend play. Socio-emotional skills develop through caring and nurturing for Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls…Yes Even Boys.
So, is it okay to give a someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia a baby doll to use therapeutically? A study in Nursing Times in 2007, found an increase in positive behaviors and decrease negative behaviors when a doll was given. They found doll therapy to be a promising and effective approach to use in the care of older adults with dementia. Of course, there are always two sides to an issue. Some people believe it is demeaning to treat loved ones like children or to see their loved one caring for a baby doll as if it’s real. A controversial conversation. Leave a comment below with your opinion
How exciting! November 1 is National Vinegar Day.
AND…National Drink Wine Day is February 18
Did you know that vinegar was an accidental discovery? In ancient times, they found that when grape juice was left undisturbed, it turned to wine. That’s awesome! Better get to drinkin’ it because if you don’t, it will turn to vinegar. Eeew, not so great! Eventually, the wonders of vinegar were revealed. Vinegar has been revered through the ages. It has many uses and therapeutic qualities. For minor ailments, cleaning, cooking, health & beauty, and pet care. The big question here is, are there songs about vinegar?
Are there any songs about or with the word, vinegar? YES! I found ONE!!
July 20 is National Moon Day
July 20, 1969 the crew of Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface, which included Buzz Aldridge, Neal Armstrong, and Michael Collin. One giant leap for man in 1969.
For more information on the First Lunar Landing go to NASA website.
Songs with “moon” in them.
Love a Tree Day
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Green Green Grass of Home
April 6th is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association kicks off an event every year. If your facility wants to plan ahead and make an event, they have a toolkit available here to help increase awareness and encourage your residents to do a little extra exercise in their day.
Music is a great motivator when it comes to exercise. Creating a specific playlist for exercise is very helpful in boosting your residents’ motivation and energy. Here is a playlist I’ve created: