Is Music Therapy the New Medication?

For seniors with an abundance of free time, listening to music a wonderful way for them to pass the time, allowing them to relax and stay entertained, as well as connecting with old memories. But did you know that listening to music is more than just an enjoyable pastime? As it turns out, scientific studies have shown that music can be used leveraged for some serious health benefits….

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Professionalism and Great Customer Service

As activity directors, our profession is more important now than ever before. As we enter the “Silver Tsunami” and the first wave of baby boomers continues to retire, senior care is a large and quickly growing industry, with 5 billion dollars in economic activity. What does this tell us? As activity directors, we have a great impact. As the senior care industry continues to grow, we will be a force to be reckoned with and we need to claim our profession….

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FITness IS FUNdamental

FITness IS FUNdamental
with Nikki Carrion MA
“Health is Wealth…Invest in Yourself with Exercise.” That’s something Jack LaLLane said many, many years ago. Jack was an amazing example of the level of health that results from an active lifestyle. Some of us remember Jack for his amazing feats of physical fitness in the 1950’s and 60’s, some us are more familiar with the Power Juicer Jack and his wife Elaine advertise and we can all be awed by the fact that Jack lived a healthy and active life until he passed in 2011 at the age of 96. However, what very few of us know is that Jack had a multitude of health issues in his younger years. He reports having overcome them by making healthy lifestyle choices. Find out how we as Activity Professionals improve our residents functional fitness……

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Boosting our Seniors’ Cognition with YouTube, the Wii, and Google

Many of us are now embracing technology and using it to interact with our seniors. In some cases we are focusing on technology for facilitating activity groups. We are using the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and our own computers. For the most part, our senior population is embracing this new way of interacting together. They get excited about participating in things that they see their families and grandkids doing. I think it makes them feel like they are in the loop- a good place to be! Let’s boost our seniors’ cognition with YouTube, the Wii and Google! Here are some examples of how to make that work….

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Pet and Animal Therapy with the Elderly

We all know that having a pet therapy or animal therapy program benefits residents. But do you know how and why? Tanya Bailey of Natural Connections came to speak at a MAPA seminar on Animal- Assisted Interactions. It was a wonderful presentation full of great information. We will pass on a few highlights for those of you that did not make it to the session. Read more to see what the latest research is……

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Gerontological Society Study – Technology and Exercise

We all know that fitness video games have been proven to help with the physical benefits on aging in a variety of ways. It helps to prevent falls, improve balance and strength. As the article states “There’s no denying the physical benefits of motion gaming: studies have shown that even just a few sessions with the Wii has led to improved balance, coordination and strength….

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