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  1. Do you feel that any random activity will be able to promote or enchance a residen'ts physical, cognitive, and emotional health? Or do you think that activities should actually be more research based and proven effective?
  2. How does everyone feel about this change? Do you feel it was a good idea for them to make this change when they have been stressing "age-appropriate" for years now? And one more thing Penny, I agree with you 100% about giving residents and family a sanctuary type area where they can be happy, have fun, gossip, and laugh. However, an activity is not just an activity, an activity can improve some residents cognitive levels, it can get their mobility levels up, it can decrease aggresive behavior, activities can improve their lives on so many levels that i find it absolutely important that all Activity Staff be on top of things. Do what you do but improve their lives at the same time, it's possible, and they deserve it.
  3. Do you guys think that any changes will need to made to to your activity programs to "match the skills, abilities, needs, and preferences of each resident with the demands of the activity?" Is this even possible? How in the world is one supposed to adapt a small group activity to be "person appropriate" for each person there?
  4. Angeliquepache, Here are two associations for california, all you have to do is contact them. Sometimes they don't have a website but most actually have an association. Activity Coordinators Northern California Council Lois Sciligo, President 1630 E. Lassen Ave Chico, CA 95973 530-894-5429 Southern California Association of Activity Professionals Joan Flannigan, President Activities Consultant (760) 434-7101 http://www.scaap.net/ Kate Lynch ElderCare Activities Guide The ElderCare Store
  5. Thanks Linda! Its always interesting to read these types of surveys, I just wish there was more than a 2% response rate. Do you have any inclinations as to why the other 98% of people didn't respond?
  6. hey guys, i am trying to figure out which states require their AD's to be certified. If you could, please list your state and certification or no certification. I think it will be helpful for those just coming into the AD profession and those looking into getting into it. Thank you so much! Kate
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    Hey Guys!

    Hey guys! I thought you might be interested in this new offer for ElderCare Actvities Guide, It expires on Oct. 30th. --1 year trial subscription by mail… only $24! --Maximum savings: 1 year trial subscription delivered electronically via PDF file. Only $18!
  8. Thank you to everyone who voted! I will still be accepting votes until October 1st. Kate
  9. Back in 2001 Medicare issued a memorandum stating that treatment of dementia definitely qualified for Medicare payments, including "pharmacologic, physical, occupational, speech-language and other therapies." Can you get these payments in your activities programs if they include activities that are known to improve cognitive abilities?
  10. hey erin, you may have to check in with the owner of this site...which is Pennie i believe. Maybe send her an email.
  11. Hey everyone, please take the time to fill out this poll. I am doing a mini research project on Activity Directors and their education and it would really help me out! Thank you in advance!
  12. Also check out: http://www.copyright.gov/register/literary.html, unfortunately there is a $30 fee to this. Good Luck!
  13. Does anyone have a recycling program in your facility and do you have your residents participate in it? :-P
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    Does anyone use the calendars from publications? If so, how do you use them?
  15. Melanie Lynn, Here is your state website: http://www.thecapa.org/, you may want to contact them for close by seminars.
  16. Hi anna! As far as your activities question, ElderCare Activities Guide offers therapeutic activities, and i am not exactly sure on the other activity newsletters offered for this profession. Also, for the profession...I am noticing from this website that many states are requiring a higher education or certification from NCAAP.....though i am not sure as what requirement will happen in the future. What do you guys think?
  17. Do you have a website or something we can look at?
  18. Hello, I have been looking around and could use a bit of advice. Are there any specific universities that are offering classes that come highly recommended? I am trying to decide on a university to take classes at and am willing to move where ever; I just want the best education in this profession, any suggestions?
  19. Karen, can you send me a copy as well, klynch@cfu.net, thank you so much! Kate ;-)
  20. One of our many activity books is called Remembering Yesterday: Entertainment . It’s a 24-page book filled with ready-to-use reminiscence stories about the good ol’ days of entertainment. Since it contains ready-to-use stories, complete with handy discussion questions, summaries and quizzes it can be used by most anyone in remiscence situations, including both professionals and volunteers. The stories are on a wide variety of topics, sure to be of interest to elders. They include such things as: watching the Grand Ole Opry, Square Dancing, the USO, the Rockettes, Traveling Medicine Shows, and more. Hope this helps! Kate
  21. Hey everyone! Did you go the NAAP conference a couple of weeks ago? If so, did you find it beneficial? If you didn't, are you a member and do you think it is necessary to be a part of that organization? thanks! Kate ElderCare Activities Guide
  22. I don't know about anyone else who is on this site everyday, like me, but things seem to be pretty quiet lately! So i thought i would post something that will hopefully spice things up! What is the most frustrating thing about your job, and how would you change it if you could? The ball is rolling, lets keep going! :pint: Kate ElderCare Activities Guide
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