Sight and sound triggers dementia patients’ memories
EASTON, Pa. — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
Which is by design. The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility and serve an important function. They’re intended to make residents feel at home, help them retrieve memories and get them talking about their younger selves.
Many people over the years have told us that we are blessed for having three kids at the same time. And it’s true – for all the craziness yelling, teasing, bickering and whining – there is lots to be thankful for. Here’s a few things.
Group hugs – When I pick up the kids from school, there are raucous calls of “Mama!” followed immediately by almost flying-tackle style hugs from the girls.
We all get into routines – it’s how we go through life. Kids, as countless websites will tell you, love routines. But so do adults. And when they’re interrupted, it makes life complicated.
Well, my routines were interrupted by a car accident the week before last. I won’t go into details other than to say everyone is more or less OK and the kids weren’t in the car (hooray!). But boy, doesn’t that just ruin your normal routine. Even with no major injuries, being sore and exhausted (didn’t get home until the wee hours) was going to make the weekend a bit of a trial. You know who doesn’t care if you’re sore and tired? Three 4-year-olds.
Unity students to pack meals for hungry
Seeking donations and volunteers for international effort Sunday on campus
UNITY -- Unity College students will be packing meals Sunday for distribution to people who are food-insecure around the world.
UMF students help design innovative, nature-based, outdoor playscape
FARMINGTON — What do mud kitchens, tree cookies and raised garden beds have in common? They are several of the creative outdoor playscape elements being considered for a new nature-based early childhood play area at the University of Maine at Farmington.
Nature-based early childhood education is a growing movement in the U.S. to help children learn while experiencing the natural world. It also gives early childhood educators the opportunity to create innovative, out-of-the-classroom experiences. Drawing inspiration from Europe’s forest kindergartens, this play-based learning is rooted in developmentally appropriate curriculum that builds on a child’s sense of wonder about nature.
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