November 10, 2019
We are all living our own epic life.
It will no doubt include a dramatic event, moments of happiness, a regret, mistakes, some doubts, and many many things INBETWEEN and finally our passing. It’s the IN BETWEEN where joy can be found.
If your feeling stressed, anxious or depressed today; it may be all engrossing; or it may be something you’re experiencing IN BETWEEN something else. When you want to shift out of these feelings it’s natural to look for a distraction or a fix.
I’m not aware of any one aged 1 month, 8, 16, 21, 35, 43, 50, 65, 82, 89, or 103 who doesn’t stop having this life pleasure / pain conundrum going back and forth; in fact the release from “something” is often what drives addiction.
We all want to distress from something its natural! So what do you love doing?
A walk or a run. (Exercise it lifts you)
Being with animals (Connection it comforts you)
Listening to Music. (It resonates with your emotions)
Catching up with a friend (Social contact cheers you or gives you another perspective)
Being in touch with nature (It's relaxing and calming)
Having some sort of fun, whatever that means to you. (It energises you)
Engaging a Hobby. (It identifies you as unique)
During these INBETWEEN pleasure moments hopefully you have forgotton you were hurting, powerless, not able to solve a problem, angry, sad or withdrawn. The feelings may still be there but during unmeasured increments you have come back to “life” and distracted yourself. Overtime these little progressive changes lead you back to your whole self.
Joy is the pathway to live streaming wellbeing.
January 02, 2019
10 Simple Reasons why we need to expand Lifestyle programmes for all Ages
1. Historically we travelled the earth in clans it's natural to our being to be grouped and doing activities together.
2. Where there is disconnected and isolated social beings research shows illness or early death is likely.
3. Social engagement increases wellbeing.
4. Past generations with deprivations need to be nutured by having increased grouped, positive experiences.
5. Genuine & real human touch (which we are genetically geared to seek out) will NEVER be emotionally replaced by technology.
6. Health and wellbeing begins in social bonds that's why we are born into families.
7.The ripple effect of wellbeing is naturally transferred to another by group socialising and interconnectedness.
8. Economically (whether we like it or not) we are being directed into grouped living.
9. Lifestyle activities as opposed to religion will break down the barriers of differences in groups or individuals.
10. Distractions from health or emotional problems is life giving not life depreciating.
November 28, 2018
Good Question and I'm glad you asked!
Both items are designed as an engaging art activity for people in mid to late stages of living with dementia. They have been trialled on people in care in the United Kingdom before being distributed to us in Australia. The founder of the Aqua Paints sought solutions for activities for people experiencing dementia after noticing a gap in services when his grandfather was in care. He has trialled new ideas and products which are now being used by many countries. We have labelled them on the website as especially for Participants Living with Dementia or (P.L.W.D)
Both the Aquapaints and the Water Repaints work exactly the same. The participaint uses water and a paint brush to paint a blank image. A colourful image is sitting under a film which is designed to become transparent when mixed with water. The added benefit is the image dries back to a blank page. The page can be reused again for another repaint. The Aqua paint is unique because it has an outline of a drawing of the actual image underneath. This allows the participant to paint within a structure, however it's not absolutely necessary. The Water Repaint doesn't have an outline and is simply a free style water painting on top of a photographic image. The preference is entirely yours and both will be suitable for your participants based on their capabilities. Structure versus freestyle is the main difference.
Aquapaints come in a pack of five tiles with various themes. (Located on the Website under Craft / Art) A Water Repaint comes in a pack of six with one set of photographic images to choose from.
What's important is your resident can now use a tool which has an outcome of achievement. I myself found it enjoyable to paint when I did a trial. To see the detail in the images dry to a PERFECT PICTURE is pleasureable for amateur adult artists and will be for your residents alike.
January 28, 2018
Ball in the Bucket:
Now on Wheels! This lets you scoot around with your ring to increase the fun and agility.
Two improvements; larger numbers and a backing board to make it similar to a puzzle. This keeps all the pieces together when your resident has completed the game and secondly helps you store it so the pieces aren't misplaced.
Elder Street A4 Bingo Cards:
A4 visually improved with sequenced large print numbers.
We added numbers to the tokens for calling and placing on your A3 Board.
A3 Call Board:
Now Bigger and Better!! Large numbers and sequenced layout.
Twelve Pin Line Up:
Red markers for accurate targeting. Designed as a knock down game for variation in physical movement.
Big holes for older hands. Makes sense doesn't it!
Guy & Lady Card Match:
Picture cards which use adult images and incorporates the montessori principles. You can sort pictures into categories and match to a placement picture.
Wisdom Years Recall Four:
Large print 16 point teasers to stimulate memory.
Safety clips were added to the base to make it safe and portable.