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Activities for Seniors

Winter Word Puzzles

We all know the benefits of staying physically active as older adults, but what about our mental acuity?

As we get older, maintaining and sharpening our cognitive functioning is key to help prevent memory loss and alleviate symptoms of dementia. Word puzzles, such as word searches and crossword puzzles are a great way to achieve this!

The benefits of word puzzles range from improved vocabulary and spelling to alleviating anxiety and the onset of memory loss conditions, such as dementia.

Try these winter word puzzles yourself or with your elderly loved one, or person in your care, today! For more activity pages, subscribe to our FREE Senior Activity Booklet delivered to your inbox every month! Visit our website for more information.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Tissue Paper Craft

In today’s activity, we are using simple materials to design a winter tree or a theme of your choice! It may take a bit of preparation ahead of time, but once ready, it’s as easy as placing tissue paper in glue!

Materials

  • Colourful craft tissue paper
  • Craft glue
  • Craft paper, for background OR design template included below

Instructions

  1. Tear small pieces (about the size of your thumb) of the tissue paper and crumple each one into small loose balls and set aside.
  2. Using the template printed out on paper, or drawinga design of your choice on craft paper), gently and carefull spread craft glue inside the tree shape. This can be done in random lines of glue, specified dots, or spread inside using a popsicle stick.
  3. Gently place each ball of tissue paper inside the shape to adhere to the glue. Let dry.
  4. You may wish to add more tissue paper or other embellishments/drawings along the outside of your shape depending on your design!

**Tip: using different colours of tissue paper and designated areas of glue will create a unique design!

Tree Design Template

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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3 Ways to Protect Yourself from E-mail Scams

For our blog today, we are happy to invite our guest contributor, Remi Goc, President of Ignite Web Solutions to share his top 3 tips for protecting yourself from online fraud.

Technology has sure made a lot of things simpler in life. We can instantaneously share pictures and thoughts with our family and friends. But it has also made the criminals’ life easier, they don’t even have to leave their house to persuade someone out of their hard-earned money.

Most of us have received them or heard about it – the email scam. There are many variations, such as the CRA scam – and who could forget the long-lived, and subject to many jokes… the “Nigerian prince” scam.

While the actors and storylines of the scam will change with time, there are a few small steps we can take to protect ourselves from falling prey to email scams, such as:

1. Email scams work because they target our emotions – greed, shame, fear, anger – scam emails are heavily focused on triggering an emotional response which kicks you into action without really thinking about it. If you find yourself putting logic aside due to the context of an email then set that email aside and come back to it later when the surge of emotion has subsided.

2. They are loose on details. Sure, a scammer might obtain your email address (it’s not hard to do at all) – but they won’t have other information on you. If you find an e-mail light on personal details (such as your name, address or other identifiable information) then it could be another clue that what you have received is a scam email.

3. Language – remember when teachers used to tell us that spelling and grammar matter? Scammers didn’t learn this lesson and their language will be subpar with noticeable errors. Reputable companies, banks, and even the CRA will always proofread their communications material!

For best results use a checklist to see how many red flags an email triggers. For example, if an email checks the boxes of the three points described here then the chance that it’s a scam increases greatly. 

Scams are about triggering us to react quickly and avoid the “or else” scenario – but they all have something in common – the transfer of money from your bank account to someone else.

So if you find yourself on the receiving end of an email supposedly sent by the lawyer of a long-lost millionaire relative who has no descendants so the money is yours for a small fee – remember the wisdom of the following words… if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.


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Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Winter Polar Bear Craft

As we prepare for the colder snowy weather this winter, cozy up with this cute winter polar bear craft!

Please note** This activity has a number of pieces that should be prepared ahead of time especially if your elderly loved one or clients have difficulty with fine-motor skills or eye-hand coordination when using scissors and drawing.

Materials

  • White craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or Coloured Pencils
  • Craft glue
  • Blue craft paper (for background)

Instructions

1 Using the white craft papaer and a pencil, draw 3 circles of different sizes for the body and face of the polar bear and 6 small circles for the ears, arms, and feet (see image below). Cut and set aside.

You may also trace objects, such as bottle lids/caps, to create “perfect” circles!

2 Arrange the body parts using the photo below as a guide and carefully glue each piece to secure them. At this time you may wish to glue the polar bear to the blue craft paper background.

3 Once the pieces have been secured with glue and your polar bear is mounted to the background paper, begin to decorate! Using a black marker or coloured pencil, colour in the bear’s feet, face, and ears and bring your character to life!

Be Creative! If you don’t want to use a black marker, try a different colour of your choice.

4 Now it’s time to design the background. Using markers or coloured pencils, decorate the background with snowflakes or use more craft paper to add different features!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Winter Snowman Craft

One of the fun ways of celebrating the winter season is through arts and crafts. As we age, we tend to do less and less of these activities. This may be due to reduced fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination concerns, or lack of accessibility to materials or tools for the craft. For those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s or individuals living in Retirement homes or long-term care, these art and craft activities can greatly improve their socialization and functional skill development.

Today’s activity uses a number of skills, such as functional hand movements using scissors, eye-hand coordination when placing objects on paper using glue, and motor functioning with the use of markers/pencils for drawing and design.

Of course, depending on the needs of your elderly loved one, or those in your care, you may pre-cut the shapes for them to assemble. This provides support while in turn giving them a level of independence and pride in their final creative piece of art.

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Materials

  • Snowman Outline (provided below, or draw your own)
  • Scissors
  • Craft paper for background
  • Craft glue
  • Markers, pencil crayons or paint for drawing
  • Embellishments, such as cotton balls, glitter, small buttons, etc.

Instructions

  1. Print the Snowman outline template on plain white paper. begin to colour, draw or paint each piece.
  2. Carefully cut out each piece and set aside
  3. Using craft glue, adhere the snowman body onto the colourful craft paper.
  4. Carefully arrange and glue each piece of the snowman (arms, nose, and scarf).
  5. Use markers, chalk, or pencil crayons to design snowflakes or other wintery scene in the backbround. You may also want to cut out a hat for your snowman and add cotton balls as snow or part of the snowman!
  6. Let dry and display your creation for all to see!

Snowman Template


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Mason Jar Night Light

In the crafting world, mason jars are super versatile! They are no longer just used for jams and preserves, but instead have been seen online as a staple in crafting and home decor! From mounted flower vases, terrariums, snowglobes, and candle holders, mason jars have set the stage for creativity.

In today’s activity blog, we are making mason jar night lights! A perfect addition to rooms for all ages. It can be as simple as placing a string of lights into a jar or as whimsical as this Snowman night light using battery-operated tea lights!

Snowman Night Light

Materials

  • 1 mason jar or several if you plan on making a snow family
  • Tissue paper (white, black and orange)
  • 2 gem decals or googly eyes
  • Small buttons or other embellishments
  • White glue with a little water added
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper for clean up
  • Paper plate for mixing glue
  • Battery-operated tea light candles

Instructions

  1. Lay newspaper out on a table for easy clean up should spills occur.
  2. Clean and dry mason jar(s) inside and out.
  3. Cut or tear tissue paper in small squares which you will use for the snowman’s body. If using orange and black tissue paper, simply cut them out for shaping the nose, eyes and buttons of your snowman.
  4. Pour some white glue onto your plate and mix with a small amount of water to thin the glue. Mix well.
  5. With a paintbrush, brush some glue onto the jar. Lay down a square of tissue paper onto the spot with glue. Cover the piece of tissue paper with more glue. Overlap squares and continue until the whole jar is covered. Allow to dry overnight.
  6. Glue on the mouth, nose, buttons and eyes and allow to dry.
  7. Place a battery-operated tea light candle in the bottom of the jar and display to enjoy throughout the evening!

Photo credit.


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Make Some Noise on NYE!

Ever wonder what to do with all that leftover gift wrapping and boxes?!

Usher in the new year with this fun New Years’ Eve noisemaker craft using those shiny festive wrapping paper scraps, some household items and a little creativity.

Paddle Noisemaker Craft

Materials

  • Cardboard
  • String or twine
  • Wrapping paper scraps
  • Craft glue
  • “Noisemakers”, such as beads, buttons, bells capable of threading string into
  • Craft sticks (wooden popsicle sticks or wider)
  • Scissors

Instructions

Follow the directions below or watch this video for similar instructions.

  1. Using cardboard, draw 2 circles approx. the size of a small to medium bowl. Carefully cut out the circle.
  2. Using the wrapping paper, glue on to one side of each circle. You may want to cover the entire circle with one piece of wrapping paper or use small torn scraps and create a mosaic! Set aside to dry.
  3. Using a single hole punching tool, cut 3 – 4 holes along the left and right edge of the circles. To make sure the holes match, you can use the first circle and trace the holes onto the 2nd circle.
  4. Line up your circles on top of one another (decorated side facing outwards). Make sure the holes line up. Create an opening and place the craft stick between the two circles to create a handle at the bottom. Using glue, adhere part of the stick to the plain inside of the circles. Let dry.
  5. Cut string to measure double the length of the circles you created. Measure and cut as many strings as you have holes on your noisemaker. Thread each string halfway into each hole. This will help fasten the circles together too!
  6. Begin to thread your noisemaking accessories, such as beads, buttons, bells, etc. on each string. Tie a knot at the end of each string.

Now you are ready to make some noise! Simply hold the noisemaker’s handle and turn, twist, or wave the paddle and let the bells, buttons or beads make a sound against the decorated cardboard!

Happy New Year!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Christmas BINGO!

For today’s activity, we thought it would be fun to gather as a group and play a fun and festive game of Christmas BINGO!

Socialization during the holidays is key for many of our elderly loved ones and this is a perfect way to get them engaged in an activity that is familiar and enjoyable. Whether as a group (up to 8 players) or as partners, use these festive BINGO game boards and call-out cards at your next holiday gathering. Prizes, you ask? Why not gather a few essential items such as holiday socks, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, and of course some hot chocolate!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Ideal Caregivers 4u!


Christmas BINGO Printables

Click on the image below to download your copy of 8 festive game boards and a set of call-out cards!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.
We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Benefits of Singing

As the holiday season is in full swing, so are the many traditional and current Christmas carols found on the radio, music streaming services, in retail stores and perhaps even on our own devices! But did you know that music, and in turn, singing is actually beneficial to our health?

Singing can significantly help seniors afflicted with neurological diseases by improving brain functionality. Singing is also a great activity that produces more oxygen in the blood, improves circulation and deep breathing, resulting in less stress and more “feel good” hormones.

Promotes Engagement in Social Activities

In addition to several health benefits, being a part of a choir or social singing group, even casual sing-a-long activities, can create a positive social network for your elderly loved one. This regular activity builds new relationships and creates something for them to look forward to.

Improvement in Brain Health

Singing can directly impact the emotional regulators within the brain. This can help improve a person’s overall mood by the release of certain chemicals like dopamine. Singing touches on four of the five key cornerstones of brain healthmovement (being active), discovery (learning new things), relaxation (stabilizing mood) and connection (networking with others).

Overall Quality of Life

Older adults that sing at home or as part of a group may experience some of the following quality of life changes:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved interaction with other people in social settings
  • Reduced anxiety and aggression
  • Fewer incidences of depression
  • Fewer hospital visits
  • Ability to communicate even with speech difficulties
  • Improvements in the tone of their speaking voices
  • Easier breathing
  • Improved posture

Aas the holiday season can be a source of loneliness and sadness for our elderly, singing those well-known childhood favourites can make a difference in the lives of seniors. Its benefits include the development and maintenance of friendships, increased happiness, uplifting and positive feelings, and reduced anxiety.

So crank up those old favourites and sing along! If you don’t know the lyrics, here is one of our favourite tunes, also ranked #1 Christmas song, you may remember!


Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

Paper Christmas Trees

During the holiday season, it’s important to gather with family and friends for some fun and festive activities!

One such activity is making and decorating paper Christmas trees like the one below!

Using simple craft items, you can create your own personalized tree to display and decorate your home or your loved one’s room.

Here’s what you need:

  • Green craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Small craft items, such as pom-poms, beads, buttons, bells, stickets, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Draw a simple Christmas tree shape (or just a triangle will do!) and carefully cut it out usuing scissors.
  2. Using a small dot of glue, begin decorating your tree with the craft items you have. You can choose a colour theme or mix it up for some personality!
  3. Let dry before displaying with other Christmas decor, or make more than one and create a Christmas tree garland!

View the images below for more decorating ideas!


For more activities, or to find out how we can help your elderly loved one participate in activities like this, visit our website today!

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.