Enjoy the Last Month of Summer 
With These Activity Ideas
While it may seem like summer is winding down as we begin August, ActivCare at Mission Bay is full of energy and excitement  for a schedule of fun. This month is all about activities! How to create, plan, and execute successful activities for those with dementia. This newsletter contains:
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  • Engaging with a purpose, activities that instill usefulness
  • 3 Steps for SSSuccessful activities
  • Just how important is structure for those with dementia?
  • Plus-Be on the look out for this Medicare scam 
  • Meet the Executive Director-Dawn DeStefani
  • Get Out & Grill- Trivia to stump your next BBQ guests
ActivCare is here to assist you with  caring for those with
memory loss. Have a question? Call us at  (858) 207-3334

Read on.
Sizzling Summer Activities Planned for
ActivCare at Mission Bay! 

August means the end of summer for most people, but for us, summer never really ends. We always have something fun planned, check out whats on the agenda for August! 

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The Value of Structure

For those living with memory loss, a sense of present time or date is something that can disappear. This can cause daily confusion, fear and anxiety. The good news is that caregivers can help. By providing loved ones with structure and a regular routine, feelings of stress and anxiety can be reduced. 

Here are some helpful tips for creating a routine in every day:
  • Make every day easy to remember by writing out the daily schedule on a white board. Include helpful hints such as the day of the week, date, and year.
  • Plan stimulating activities during their most energetic hours, plan downtime during times of tiredness.
  • Communicate each event in the day simply and kindly. Avoid getting frustrated when your loved one forgets or gets distracted.
  • Create a "daily special." For example; Mondays are coffee and donuts day, Tuesdays are favorite dessert days, and Wednesdays are omelet days. Daily specials can serve as "markers" to help aid with remembering what day it is. Sundays can serve as "newspaper days," for your loved one to flip through the paper.

Creating a Daily Care Plan
What Makes A SSSuccessful Activity?

Remember the three S's when planning an activity for your loved one.
  • Simple
  • Safe
  • Scheduled
A successful activity is one that is simple to explain, safe from any potential harm, and scheduled at the best time during your loved one's regular routine.
Purpose over perfection should be emphasized when planning activities for those with memory loss. It's about creating engaging activities that instill a feeling of usefulness, not perfection. It is okay if an activity does not go as planned, or if your loved one does not complete. 

Once something is no longer stimulating, be ready to clean up and select another activity.
Most activities can be adapted to fit the capabilities of your loved one. Think about what they used to enjoy doing and consider how the activity can be modified to meet their current abilities. For example, if your loved one used to garden, let them place flowers into pots at the table and provide them with a cup of soil to fill around with their hands. If the activity is broken down to easy steps, your loved one will enjoy contributing successfully.


Practical Tips For The Caregiver
Meaningful Activities for August 

Provided are some activity ideas that will help with instilling purpose and usefulness into every day.
  • Ask your loved one to sort socks in the laundry. Putting like items together can be helpful.
  • Help them plant a mini herb garden. Plan a time every day to water the plants and check on their progress. Plus,herbs can stimulate the senses.Try planting herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary for their captivating aromas.
  • Make a playlist; put a few of your loved one's favorite songs on it that they can listen to when they need a pick-me-up. Add in some interactive instruments such as tambourines or maracas for a stimulating music session.
  • Box it up! Create a memory box filled with items from the past. Throw in pictures, dolls, a baseball, or an old pair of gardening gloves to spark conversation.
  • Find a furry friend. Schedule time for a dementia-friendly animal to visit your loved one. The connection between animal and human transcends all disabilities.
Friendly Reminder: 
Don't be scammed

Something to be aware of: Scammers are using the recent re-distribution of Medicare cards (without Social Security numbers) to solicit charges for the new card. There should be NO charge for the new cards. If you or a loved one are being told by anyone that there is a charge, report the statements to the resources provided below: 

                                          Scams & Identity Theft Resources
Dawn DeStefani
Meet the Executive Director  

Meet Dawn DeStefani, ActivCare at Mission Bay's passionate and kindhearted Executive Director. Dawn is a Mission Bay native and feels a special calling to her job as she serves the people she grew up with and always known. Her strong roots in Mission Bay make her job more than just a job. She is passionate about Alzheimer's advocacy and education, desiring to tell all those affected by the disease that there is hope for a better quality of life.
 
Growing up in San Diego has made her experience at ActivCare at Mission Bay all the more meaningful. Although she went to the rival high school of Mission Bay, Clairemont, she still feels a strong pride for the very neighborhood ActivCare at Mission Bay is located in. The most amazing adventure Dawn has ever gone on was a solo backpacking trip to Fiji and Australia right after her college graduation. Dawn says "I still carry the knowledge and joy I gained from that trip with me today." If Dawn didn't have to sleep, she would spend the extra time making memories with her kids. Whether it be playing board games or going to the park, Dawn would take all the extra time she could get and spend it with her family.
 
Dawn's greatest inspiration is her residents. The daily joy on their faces fuels her to continue educating and advocating on behalf of those with Alzheimer's. Families have told Dawn that their experience at ActivCare at Mission Bay has quite literally "saved their lives". To Dawn, its more than assisted living, it's a level of care that can give those with memory loss purpose to every day and enrichment into their lives. For Dawn, ActivCare at Mission Bay is her family, and she works as if so.
 
Thank you Dawn for your passion and desire to make every day meaningful, your efforts never go unnoticed. Say hello to Dawn on your next visit to ActivCare at Mission Bay!
 
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Get Out & Grill Trivia
Stump your guests with these trivia questions at your next summer barbecue
  1. The name of this flying creature describes slicing a slab of meat nearly in half and unfolding it flat.
  2. Manual ice cream machines require adding this condiment to the ice before churning the ingredients.
  3. This is the term for applying a seasoned liquid while grilling to keep the food soft and moist.
  4. This is the best time to apply barbecue sauce when grilling.
  5. Salmon is often grilled on this type of wood plank to add flavor.
     
Answers: 1. butterfly, 2. salt, 3. basting, 4. end of grilling, 5. cedar
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