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Month: November 2021

Stretches For Seniors

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Autumn Scenes

A great way to incorporate the falling autumn leaves into your artistic and creative moments is by using them to create a beautiful fall scene. Include physical fitness and fresh air by collecting the leaves with your elderly loved ones, or those in your care, outdoors and have them ready for crafting when you return indoors….and don’t forget a nice cup of hot chocolate to go with it!

Materials: 


🍁 Craft or printer paper

🍁 Dry leaves collected ahead of time

🍁 Craft glue

🍁 Decorative items, such as popsicle/craft sticks, bare paper towel roll, clay or Play-Dough, etc.

🍁 Markers or paints

🍁 Scissors 

Tips for your Scene:


  • Using the paper (colourful construction paper or plain white paper), design or draw your scene. This can simply be a tree with bare branches, a house (made by gluing down popsicle sticks in a simple shape), a wide-rimmed circle to create a wreath or any outdoor scene you choose!

  • Use the decorative pieces to form the base of a tree (paper towel roll), sticks for branches, or string/rope for the edge of the wreath. Whatever you choose, ensure they are securely fastened with glue and let dry.

  • You may also paint or draw on your paper if gluing objects is too challenging.

  • Using the leaves you collected, glue them down with a couple of dots of glue on the back of the leaf. Place them in areas where leaves may be in your scene. It could be on the branches or below the tree, around the wreath design, or in a big pile outside of the house (fun for jumping into when we were kids!)

  • Let dry fully before displaying on a wall or in a frame.

  • Don’t forget to sign your artwork!

Stick & Twig Christmas Tree

Have fun making this adorable Christmas tree with your elderly loved one or those in your care. Using items from nature and a few store-bought decorations, this little tree is the perfect addition to any festive holiday decor! 


Materials

  • Twigs and/or pine stems

  • Craft sticks

  • Craft glue or hot glue gun

  • Decorative items, such as small bells, beads, tinsel, buttons, stickers, etc.

  • Yarn or colourful pipe cleaner

  • Scissors

Directions


  1. Collect a number of dry, natural twigs of different lengths and thicknesses. Trim the twigs, or cut to different lengths.

  2. Using the craft stick as the “trunk” of the tree, apply a generous amount of glue.

  3. Arrange the sticks along the glued area, ensuring that the longest twigs are at the base of the tree and get smaller at the top. Let dry fully.

  4. Once dry, it’s time to decorate! Add the embellishments, using glue, to create your beautiful Christmas tree. Let dry.

  5. Using the yarn or pipe cleaner, loop and secure, using glue, to the back of the craft stick at the top of your tree. Let dry before hanging.

Leafy Hedgehog!

There are countless arts and crafts that can be created by simply using the fallen Autumn leaves…like making your own leafy hedgehog!

 
 

Leafy Hedgehog Art

Materials

  • Collection of colourful autumn leaves

  • Craft Glue

  • Hedgehog colouring page (included below)

  • Pencil Crayons, markers, etc.

Instructions

  1. Download and print the hedgehog colouring page, or you can use any available colouring page you have!

  2. Begin by colouring the areas of his face, legs or body that you prefer.

  3. Carefully glue each leaf to the hedgehog’s body by using dots of glue on the back of each leaf. You can spread the leaves out or overlap them for a different effect!

  4. Let dry fully before displaying. 

You can find the colouring page below:

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Sun Safety: Myth vs. Fact

While researching for our blog on Summer Safety Tips for Seniors, we came across a number of myths that have made their way around the internet, so we thought we would share some Myth vs. Fact information from the Canadian Cancer Society, to help you make the safest choices.

 
 

Fun Facts: The Eyes Have It!

Yesterday we shared our blog on the importance of eye health and prevention of eye disease and conditions. We thought today we would share some fun facts about the eye that you may not have known and can share with others! After all, seeing is so important that it takes up more than 50% of the brain’s functionality!

 

Fun Facts: Teeth

Taking care of our “pearly whites” is as necessary as eating healthy and being active! Here are some fun facts to share with your loved ones about these amazing tools we use for cutting, tearing, and grinding our food!

 

Fun Facts About Strawberries

An excellent source of Vitamin C, strawberries are a rich source of antioxidants and fibre, benefiting heart health, increasing good cholesterol, and helping to control blood sugar and reduce blood pressure. It’s no wonder that Americans eat 3.5 lbs of strawberries each year!