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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.  

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Use Caution! It is extremely important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays
and limit the exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm when the sun’s
rays are at its strongest. Make it a habit to put on sunscreen or sun block lotion even on
cloudy days. Apply sunscreens or sun blocks 30-45 minutes prior to sun exposure. Do
wear sunglasses and if at all possible, do wear a hat. Be sure to drink plenty of water.

Garden Crafts -Creating crafts for the garden is another way to support the gardening
experience. Try creating plant markers or garden signs. Decorate wooden craft sticks
with designs or by writing the plant names.

You will need:
•        Larger wooden craft sticks
•        Paint or markers (to decorate signs/markers)

Garden Stones
You will need:
•        Large stones or rocks
•        Paint ( you may want to use permanent paint)
Let the residents use their imaginations to create a beautiful garden stone to place in
the garden.

Sunflower Garden

Sunflowers are fun and easy to maintain. Build a sunflower bed or create a nice long
row of sunflowers. With so many to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Different
colors, flower sizes, heights and seed production are some of the differences among

Feed the Birds

Feeding the birds is a neat outdoor activity for residents. Set up an area with a bird
feeder, a birdbath and a birdhouse. Be sure to keep the bird feeder full of food and the
birdbath full of clean water. You may also want to put up hummingbird feeders to attract
those beautiful creatures. Residents can take turns feeding the birds and maintaining
and cleaning the equipment. Bird watching is always a peaceful activity as well. You
could start a bird watching club and keep journals of your findings!

Ice Cream Social   
Ice Cream Fun Facts:
- The most popular flavor of ice cream - vanilla

- Vanilla comes from the plant vanilla planifolia - a member of the orchid family - grown
mainly in Madagascar but also Mexico, parts of South America, Tahiti and islands off E.
Africa. The vanilla extract produced from the plant in each of these areas has its own
very distinct characteristics.

- The most popular topping for ice cream - chocolate syrup

- The world's top 5 consumers of ice cream in order: United States of America, New
Zealand, Denmark, Australia, Belgium/Luxembourg.

- Approximately 13% of men and just 8% of women will admit to licking the bowl clean
after eating ice cream.

- The best temperature at which to serve ice cream is believed to be 8º F.

- Around 5%of people share their ice cream with their pet cat or dog.

- Biggest ice cream sundae – 12 ft tall made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream -
California, USA 1985.

- Elvis Presley is said to have loved ice cream - apparently his favorites were chocolate
milkshakes and peach ice cream.

- In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945), 32nd President of the United
States, publicly confessed that he liked to have ice cream at least once a day.

- Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982), already an established movie star in Europe, came to
New York in 1939 when she was twenty-four. She loved hot fudge sundaes so much
that she alarmed her American hosts.

Roll The Can Ice Cream Recipe
2 empty cans, 1 lb. & a 3 lb. with
plastic lids
1 1/2 c. rock or kosher salt
20 c. (about 7 1/2 lbs.) crushed ice
1 c. heavy cream
1/3 c. any of the following:
raisins, diced peaches, crushed
Oreos, diced strawberries
1 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine ice cream ingredients in smaller can. Cover can tightly with lid and set in the
center of the larger can. Layer 1/2 the ice alternately with 1/2 the salt in the empty space
between cans. Cover the larger can with lid. Roll the can back and forth 10 minutes on a
hard surface. Open outer can, empty old ice and water. Lift out small can, wipe lid dry
and remove. Scrape ice cream from sides with a knife. Replace in large can and re-
pack with remaining ice and salt. Cover and roll about 5 more minutes or until done

Fun Ideas for your Social:
•        Play some old-fashioned ice cream parlor music to get your residents in the mood
of the party theme as they arrive.

•        On the party table, place old fashioned stick candy in brightly colored pails as an
additional decoration and treat. It will look festive!

•        For decorations, bunch balloons together to look like an ice cream cone. Use
brown balloons for the cone and different colors for the different flavors of ice cream!
Another way to make balloons look like ice cream cones is to attach helium-filled
balloons to party hats— this can be a great centerpiece for your party table.

•        Play a matching game: Match Ben and Jerry ice cream flavors to their names.