Sunday, March 24, 2019

Fast Food Day

If you're in rush, I understand if you can't read this whole post.

For fast food day we talked about changes in fast food over the years, our favorites quick places to eat, did a fast food prices game, and matched the blank logo to store. Finally we painted our favorite designs onto styrofoam. So many fast food places have red in their symbols, we noticed.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

I Love to Write Day

Do you love to write? Patients shared if this activity is important to them or has ever been. We did trivia about various writers, played word games, and embraced the day by writing thank you notes for staff. Some patients chose to decorate the cards and have their thoughts transcribed for them instead.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Princess Grace's Birthday

Would you want to be a royal? Our patients contemplated this on Princess Grace's birthday. We talked about her life, watched a Grace Kelly movie during lunch, and made the day gleam by painting backgrounds for decoupaged crowns. Staff were asked to wear something royal or shiny. Advice from an activity director: never throw away those plastic crowns you accumulate.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hello Halloween





We can't forget to discuss Halloween. Now that time has passed it shouldn't be too spooky.

The kitchen ordered too many pumpkins so had plenty to decorate by painting the outsides.
 Split feelings arose from candy corn. We used the pieces for BINGO and half the patients ate it before they could get 5-in-a-row. The others scarcely wanted to touch it. We did a candy corn guess, talked about the history of the sweet, and painting the iconic triangle on styrofoam.

On the day of the holiday, we learned the moves to the Monster Mash. Don't worry, I practiced at home before hand. We also did a second exercise of a web toss (cotton balls to tape on a cardboard back) to balance our sugar consumption.

Our dietary staff made fresh pumpkin rolls and devised a non-alcoholic bloody mary with carrots, cucumbers, and bacon garnishes.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Nacho Typical Day

History of Nachos: Basically, if the inventor of Nachos had not been short, we would probably refer to them as Altos.

Our patients discussed their preferences  with nachos, I made a few cheese jokes, and our social for the day was a nacho party. At least one patient had a new experience.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cookie Monster's Birthday

Who wouldn't wear blue and make a sign from your baby on cookie monster's birthday?
We also discussed cookie preferences, read cook books to try to guess necessary ingredients, and had a cookie taste test to guess the flavors the dietary staff made fresh for the patients on this birthday celebration.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Pretzel Sticks

Pretzel stick log cabin
What makes a pretzel a pretzel? This is something I find myself wondering due to some pretzels being hard, some soft, some in a certain shape and others in different shapes. Some have salt and others do not.

On pretzel day our patients learned some history, or should I say "theories" on the origins of pretzels, made log cabins out of the snack, and taste tested different brands. We discussed pretzel preferences and found out a few more things we have in common.