Emptying out the Inbox – December 2018

Good day TR friends!  Apologies for such a gap in posts, what a whirlwind the last 6 months have been!  Sadly, there have been some opportunities that I had wanted to share, but they have since come and gone – I am still going to post these items, as they may prove to be a connection point for those that are interested in the information.

Professional Development, Conferences, & Workshops:

1. Engagement for Success: RTA Workshop – Held on October 16, 2018 they focused on Mindfulness and Meditation at Any Age: Judy Cooper, Engagement of Diverse Abilities : NorQuest College, Engagement of Late-Stage Dementia: NorQuest College, What’s in a Neighborhood- A new programming model that encourages engagement and empowerment : Sherry Schaefer, Heather Rozak, and Jamie-Lee Stone, and Mental Health in the patient with dementia.

2. Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundations (EODAF) 5th Building Dementia Awareness Conference held Oct 4th – 6th, 2018 at the Double Tree Hilton in Edmonton.  As badly as I wanted to attend this, I wasn’t able too.  I would love to hear from anyone who listened to Dr. David Sheard or Teepa Snow!

3. 2019 AAG & AGNA Dinner Event – Dementia: Corinne Schalm from Alberta Health: “Moving Forward of Alberta’s Dementia Strategy and Action Plan” and
Kacey Keyko from Edmonton South PCN: “Moving for Memory”.
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the University of Alberta Faculty Club, Edmonton
Register here.

TR Resources:

1. Therapeutic Games – Paid and free resources available for download.

2. Improve The Lives Of Long-Term Care Residents And Their Caregivers: A MAJOR ADVANCE IN 3D AND VR TECHNOLOGY – Though I realize this is an advertisement, it speaks to VR during care, talk therapy, distraction therapy, music therapy, and reminiscing.  If you’re considering adding technology and/or VR to your program options, this may be of interest to you.

3. I’ve mentioned ActivityConnection.com before, but I want to do it again.  They have really been working hard to create an all-encompassing website for recreation and activity professionals.  They have added an education section where you can obtain CEU credits, their visual presentation/PPTs are very powerful additions to programs and activities, and their print and go options seem to be endless!  If you aren’t already a member, consider joining!

4. I’ve also mentioned Golden Carers before, they too continue to grow the amount of available Print & Go resources for TR and activity professionals.  Consider adding them to your toolkit!

5. MUSIC AND HOLIDAY MUSIC FOR COLORED HANDBELLS – Do you have a handbell program?  This website has both paid and free PDF downloads for professionals to use.

6. Colouring pages to print!  This website has 100s of downloadable colouring pages that you can either print or colour online; all FREE!

7. List of Free and Inexpensive Apps for Communication Supports – This is a comprehensive list for anyone lost in the overwhelming number of apps out there.

8. My Care Conversation App – an app created to will allow patients to record their conversations with their cancer care team to help reduce the stress and assist with recall and understanding.  While this was designed for Cancer patients in mind, I suspect that it may be a useful resource for any person wanting to utilize the features of the app.

9. STATS!  Are you always looking for interesting stats?  A neat website I came across is The Daily.   Every day, StatsCan releases a list of up-to-date statistics and data related to a wide range of sectors, as well as economic and social indicators that reflect and affect our lives.

10. Communicating with people living with dementia, put together by Care UK – A guide for carers, relatives, and friends; a guide to support anyone who wants to communicate effectively with someone living with dementia.

11. Responding to Behaviours Due to Dementia: A Care Planning Guide – created by the Sunnybrook Veteran Centre.  This guide implements the ABLE philosophy of care.

Interesting Reads/Links:

1. Recreational Therapy Guide for Continuing Care – I came across this article regarding a web-based recreational therapy best practices guide and thought, “HOLY MOLY!”  But I can’t seem to find any more information about this project.  Can anyone offer any insight?

2. Playlady: Tales of a Recreational Therapist is a book that I came across back in March.  Though I can’t seem to locate where I found it, I would love to promote a fellow TR professional’s work.  I’ve added this item to my wishlist for Christmas.
Purchase at: Amazon or Indigo

3. AGE (Advanced Gerontological Education) is a national non-funded not-for-profit social enterprise committed to enhancing the care of older adults through dementia education products and services, with profits reinvested to further advance our social mission.  With TONS of resources, you want to have this link in your favourites if you work with the aging population.

4. Do you provide Dementia Awareness education?  I have two resources for you.  I came across this article features a recent story on change in facility living: The Fix.  This second resource is a video that uses the Bookcase Analogy to explain Dementia; this concept assists in the understanding of emotional responses in persons living with Dementia.

Funding Opportunities:

1. ATRA members: The Darlene Murphy Building Capacity Grant – This grant is designed to support a program or programs that enhance the quality of life of a client or group by connecting them to their community.  It can be used to purchase program resources to create sustainability.  Login to the membership area of the ATRA website to obtain more information.

TR Promotion:

1. Therapeutic Recreation Month is coming!  I would love to hear your plans for promoting and advocating for the profession this coming February.  I am working on updating the TR Month Print & Go promotional package that I put together last year.

And finally, Symposium!

A HUGE thanks to ATRA; I was blessed with sponsorship to attend this years symposium at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton.  Not only do I have pages of notes from the two-day event and a feeling of renewed purpose, but more importantly, I have expanded my network of fabulous TR professionals!  I recall feeling so small and lost last year; but this year, I felt empowered and excited to make new connections.

A few photos from our team’s scavenger hunt challenge during the social event (which of course was the best part – aside from the food!).  Thank you to all of the organizers, our sponsors, my peers, and my super cool social event teammates!


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