Did you know that helping others can make you happier and more fulfilled? In fact, studies have shown that the more folks volunteer, the happier (and healthier) they are. So if you’re ready to break out of your routine and create more joy, why not explore volunteer opportunities that are interesting and rewarding and include the added benefit of providing some - one with the ultimate gift: your time.
Many senior living communities have impeccable facilities and upscale amenities to attract new residents. Having a beautiful, well-maintained home is important, but the quality of care is vital, especially when seeking a home to care for a loved one with dementia. Artis Senior Living, a national leader in memory care living, offers both.
When we get older things change. We look different, and we feel different. In normal aging our bodies and our brains slow down. We maintain our intelligence, but our brains change. We are less physically and mentally flexible, and we take more time to process information. Our memory changes as well, and it’s more difficult to remember names, places and other things as we age. So what are specific examples of normal, old-age forgetfulness?
Turn your living room into a campsite by building a pillow fort. Children will be crawling in and out, bending, lifting, and having a great time. Despite how it may look, it’s not difficult to clean up afterward.
Play a game of coin critters. Take coins from your pocket or purse, lay them out on a piece of paper, and have your child draw arms, legs, and other body parts to create a creature. Help her total up the value of the coins and write it beside the creature. Add or take away coins to form new shapes and figure out the new sums.
One of the greatest joys in life is the relationship between a grandchild and grandparent. Unfortunately, not every child has the opportunity to spend time and really know their grandparents due to any number of factors, including having a deceased grandparent, geographic separation, and increasingly more common --- the effects of dementia.
Dementia robs an individual of their personality and dramatically alters the relationships of those around them – spouses, children, and grandchildren. Dementia is particularly painful for those who witness the harrowing transformation from who they were into who they are with dementia. The silver lining is that they had the opportunity to know the individual.
Everyone has heard of Generals Patton and Eisenhower, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Enola Gay, and Rosie the Riveter. But have you heard of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops? No? Don’t be surprised — up until about 20 years ago, almost no one had heard of the Ghost Army of World War II.
With a force of 1,100 brilliant, creative men, the Ghost Army’s mission was to defraud, disappoint, dupe, deceive, and decoy the enemy.