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 Yorba Linda 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:
  • 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- Elva Ledesma
  • 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 714-409-5694

Read on.
Sizzling Summer Activities Planned for
ActivCare at Yorba Linda! 

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! 

August 8  is the next  Caregiver Support Meeting   starting  at 10:30 am. All are welcome!
New Check-In Process !

ActivCare at Yorba Linda is proud to introduce a new check-in system at the front desk. It's automated, quick and easy. Instead of signing your name, you just need to click on the screen, enter your information and a name tag will be provided for you. The first time you come to the community, it may take a minute to log in your information, but ensuing visits will be a breeze.  Signing out is just a few clicks and you're ready to go. 

Have a question? Our front desk team is please to assist.

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
Elva Ledesma, LVN

Meet the Executive Director  

Meet Elva Ledesma, LVN. She is the hard-working and dedicated hands behind ActivCare at Yorba Linda. Without Elva, the ship wouldn't sail. She directs all things as the Executive Director at ActivCare at Yorba Linda. We sat down with Elva to get to know her a little bit better, read on as we discover more about her.

Growing up, Elva split her time between Los Angeles and San Diego. Despite the wonders of both cities, her most treasured memories are those from Griffith Park. She enjoyed visits the many museums and cultural offerings the landmark had to offer. Every visit was full of new learnings, exciting adventures, and captivating views of the entire metropolis. The most amazing adventure Elva has ever gone on was a 15-member family trip to Kauai. She enjoyed the thrills of zip lining through forests, taking in spectacular views as she flew through the sky. The laid-back island living is  something she still dreams about today.

Elva is most inspired by her mother. Her positive outlook, optimism and outgoing nature guided her children to find the good in life. She always advocated learning, individual development and self-reliance. She encouraged all of her children to try new things, taste new dishes and explore the world around her. Like mother, like daughter...

If Elva never had to sleep she would spend more time sharpening her jewelry-making skills. Metalsmithing and stone-setting are just a few skills she would like to develop. For Elva, it is a hobby that can explore her creative side and showcase the natural beauty of precious and semi-precious stones, especially emeralds.

Thank you Elva, your compassionate commitment to making every day at ActivCare at Yorba Linda meaningful does not go unnoticed. Stop by and say hello to Elva Ledesma next time you visit ActivCare at Yorba Linda!
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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