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JOLENE EWERT
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About Jolene

Jolene has enjoyed working in
the healthcare field in such
capacities as Marketing
Director, Activity Director and
Coordinator of Dementia
programs. She currently holds
an Administrator's License and
works as an Activity Consultant.
She is the author of A+
Activites and owner and
operator of the A+ Activities
website, a website dedicated
to Activity Professionals that
has been in circulation for over
12 years.  

The A+ Activities E-Newsletter
is available for only $1.50 a
month or $18.00 for a year.
Each month you will be
emailed a newsletter with
activity planning ideas such as
sensory stimulation, men's
groups, crafts, trivia and many
more! Don't pass on this great
resource! Visit the A+ Activities
website at
 
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ivil.tripod.com/aactivities for
more information or email
Jolene at
jolenerae1975@yahoo.com
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puzzle and a coloring page.
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HOLIDAY FUN
PACKS
Why is Sensory Stimulation so Important for
Residents?
Sensory stimulation can help people become more accustomed to their senses which
can help in the performance of everyday tasks. As we grow older our senses begin to
dull. We need to continue to exercise these senses. Sensory stimulation can be
thought, quite simply, to be anything that stimulates one of our five senses. Sensory
stimulation for Alzheimer's patients and people with other forms of dementia has been
shown to decrease agitation and restlessness, as well as improve sleep. Some
simple activities to stimulate the senses could include:
  • Hand massage
  • Making music with homemade instruments
  • Scrapbooking
  • Looking through photo albums
  • Flower arranging
  • Aromatherapy
  • Old radio
  • Finger painting
  • Grooming activities
  • Gardening
  • Cooking club
  • Large, colorful jigsaw puzzles
  • Making greeting cards
  • Visits with children
  • Visits with safe pets

SPRING HAS SPRUNG


Fun Spring Bulletin Board
Make a festive spring bulletin board display! This is a great way to showcase new
residents, residents with birthdays or anniversaries this month or staff at your facility.
Here is what you will need:
Blue butcher paper, scissors, scrapbook paper, flower garland, stapler, yellow and
green construction paper, computer with printing access.
Measure out the blue butcher paper to fit your bulletin board and staple it on as your
background. Create a sign on the computer for the top of the board that says Look What’
s Blooming at (name of facility). Create large vases using the scrapbook paper, cut out
and staple on bulletin board but leave the top of each vase open. Cut flower designs out
of the yellow paper and make petals by adding a circle in the middle of each flower (big
enough for a picture). Glue the pictures of those you want to showcase in the middle of
the flowers. Cut stems out of green construction paper and place in vases, staple the
flowers to the bulletin board on top of the stems in the vases. Staple the flower garland
to the outside of the bulletin board.

Spring Craft Ideas
Coffee Filter Butterflies
What You Need:
Coffee Filters
Spray Bottle with water
Washable Markers
Clothespins
What You Do:
Let residents color coffee filters with the markers with any designs they like then, spray
them with the spray bottle. Twist and clip with clothespin, this will make the butterfly
wings, the residents can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin or you can
add an antenna using pipe cleaners. Hang all around for a festive, spring setting!

Paper Plate Sunflower
What You Need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Yellow Paper
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Sunflower seeds or Oatmeal
What You Do:
Give your residents paper plates. Have them cut out pedals from the yellow paper and
then glue them around the paper plate. They can then add sunflower seeds or oatmeal
to the seed of the flower. Residents can hang on their front doors.

Spring Game Ideas
Kite Match-up: Cut out pairs of kites from different colors of construction paper. Mix them
all up in a big pile. Pair off residents into teams and give each team a chance to find as
many pairs as they can. The group to find the most pairs in the shortest time wins!

Nature Walk: Don’t miss all first signs of spring. Try a scavenger hunt, see who can
find five signs of spring. Re-visit these signs each week and watch, chart, or draw the
changes.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Print a list of nature items for the hunt. Give players or teams
the printed list of nature items to find. Some suggestions are rock, leaf, bug, pine cone,
twig, something red, yellow, orange, or other color. The first player or team to report
back with all of their items wins the prize.