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Staying Engaged While Social Distancing
In an effort to make your day a little brighter, we’ve started collecting activity ideas to do at home and are posting them on our website and Facebook page. We’re aiming for activities that will stimulate discussion, encourage reminiscing, get you moving, or simply bring joy. From links to concerts, museum tours or live dance classes; to directions for craft projects, instructions for memory boxes or conversation prompts, we hope to add some fun to your day.
Check back regularly for new ideas. Enjoy!
Bobbi, Lisa, Janeli and Natalie
A Kaleidoscope of Orchids
Enjoy this 21-minute virtual tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show. The tour features spectacular colors, soothing music and explanations from the Garden’s senior orchid curator. It’s really gorgeous!
Get Out Your Dancing Shoes
Create a Memory Box
A memory or rummage box can help your older adult feel connected to their past career and previous hobbies.
Get any kind of box and fill it with things they would have used at work, copies of photos and non-important keepsakes, or objects from hobbies.
For example, for a former office worker, create a box that reminds them of their career. Include paper clips, pencils, erasers, paper, letters (junk mail), a calculator, file folders, notepads, etc. in the box.
If the person used to do handy work, put nuts, bolts, pvc pipe pieces and fittings, a piece of wood (no splinters), fine grit sandpaper, and twine in their box.
Someone who enjoyed cooking or baking might enjoy measuring spoons, a whisk, a spatula, and other related items.
This can work for any type of job or hobby, just be creative about finding objects that will be safe to handle.
To learn more about the benefits of memory boxes, along with tips for making them, read this article.
A Real-Time Look at the Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms signal the arrival of spring and symbolize hope, renewal and friendship.” This year, you can enjoy the pink and white blossoms from the comfort and safety of your home. Simply click here on Bloomcam Live for a real-time view of the trees during their peak blooms. And if you want to read about the fascinating history of the Cherry Trees, originating as a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912, check out this National Park Service page.
Living With Dementia During COVID-19
Duke Dementia Family Support Program
We’re still here for you! Our team is working from home to offer education, consultation and support. So don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone.
All of our support groups, with the exception of Memory Makers, are meeting using Zoom, where participants can connect by video or telephone on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC. We will email support group participants with details about meetings, including directions for using Zoom and increased frequency of monthly meetings. If you have not previously participated in a support group, but are interested in joining now, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below.
Grey Stone (Care Partner and Person Living with Dementia) Group: Lisa Gwyther – 919-660-7508
Daughters Group: Bobbi Matchar – 919-660-7509
Younger-Onset Group: Janeli McNeal – 919-660-7565
Evening Group: Natalie Leary – 919-660-7542