There are only four months left in the year! I don’t think I’m alone in wondering when summer will be here and it’s now time to gear up for fall. Below are a few resources that I’ve had in my inbox since the last post in July, I hope you find some of them useful.
- Laughter is one of the best medicines. That’s why Caregivers Alberta has partnered with The Laughing Hour for LAUGH FOR A CAUSE! Join founder of The Laughing Hour, Maude Bombardier on September 10th as she leads a one-hour laughter yoga session at the Jerry Forbes Centre!
- 101 Picture Prompts to Spark Super Writing – Do you have a creative writing program, this is a great resource (I will admit, it is in B&W, which I think is too bad).
- Do you utilize worksheets in your programs and activities? If you haven’t already checked out Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s, then do so, however, another resource is All Things Topics; they have 1000s of worksheets from A – Z.
Intergenerational Program Resources: Recently I’ve been trying to pull together resources for intergenerational programming. I thought that I may as well share my findings, perhaps they may assist you to develop your own or enhance your current programming.
- Creating Caring Communities: A guide to establishing intergenerational programs for schools, care facilities and community groups.
- Tried and True: A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs: These activities are targeted to young children and frail adults but many can be easily adapted or modified for use with other populations.
- Intergenerational Activities Sourcebook: This publication includes 53 activities. These activities can be used in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes. The common thread of all activities is that they encourage younger and older participants to communicate with one another, learn from and about each other, and share new learning experiences.
Resources for Caregivers:
- Printable Resources – Here you will find a collection of printable resources intended to help you on your caregiving journey.
- The Entry to Practice Bursary is for student members who are enrolled in at least one course in a Therapeutic Recreation or Recreation and Leisure Studies post-secondary program that is eligible for Professional Membership. Application Form. Deadline is September 15, 2019.
- The Continued Competence Bursary is for Professional Members who are working towards, or would like to work towards, additional education which enhances their professional competencies. Application Form. Deadline is September 15, 2019.
- ATRA North Chapter will be sponsoring 4 members (up to a maximum of $1500 each) to attend the ATRA Conference Oct 24-26, 2019, which is being hosted Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Application deadline is September 10, 2019. Not part of the North? Get in touch with your local chapter. Register for the event here.
Education and Professional Development:
- The Green House Project offers many webinars and opportunities for empowering your practice in facility living and person-centred care.
- The 6th Building Dementia Awareness Conference, presented by the Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation on October 3 – 5th will feature presentations by Teepa Snow, Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Dr. Jasneet Parmar, and Dr. Robert Sutherland. Register here.
- Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) Toolkit – AHS.
- For anyone who is searching for information on Behaviour Management in Dementia, this printable document is for you. For myself, I really am making good use of the medication list.
- On ePDF’s website you can find PDF versions of many different books, user-submitted, published, or otherwise.
- The Research Institute for Aging has put together a page full of various resources, check them out!
- The P.I.E.C.E.S. Model is a holistic, person and care partner-directed approach, anchored in performance improvement, and designed to enhance capacity. They’ve put together several resources that you may find helpful.
- Shifting focus: Guide to understanding dementia behaviour – This booklet is meant to help family members, friends and caregivers of people with dementia understand behaviours and actions.
- Important Language Considerations in Developing Person-Centered Plans a worksheet.