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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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Immunity Support

Building and maintaining our immune systems are vital during any age and season, however, as the winter season is in full effect, your immune system requires some extra protection to avoid colds and flu.

What is the Immune System?

The immune system is a complex organ system in the body comprised of white blood cells, skin, mucus and bacteria. Its central role is to seek, recruit, attack and destroy foreign invaders, such as bacteria and viruses that enter the body. There are two main levels of immunity:

1. Innate immunity system

This system provides a quick first line of defence and acts against a wide range of pathogens. The innate immunity system refers to nonspecific defence mechanisms that come into play immediately or within hours of an antigen’s appearance in the body. These mechanisms include physical barriers such as skin, chemicals in the blood, and immune system cells that attack foreign cells in the body. The chemical properties of the antigen activate the innate immune response.

2. Adaptive Immune System

This level refers to antigen-specific immune response. The adaptive immune response is more complicated than the innate one. The antigen first must be processed and recognized. Once an antigen is identified, the adaptive immune system creates an army of immune cells specifically designed to attack that antigen. Adaptive immunity also includes a “memory” that makes future responses against a specific antigen more efficient.

How to Support your Immune System

The immune system is precisely that – a system, not a single entity. For it to function well, it requires balance and harmony. Researchers are still exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune response.

In general, a healthy lifestyle is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every system in your body, including the immune system, functions better when following balanced and healthy strategies such as these:

  • Eating a whole food diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly
  • Staying hydrated
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Reducing stress
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Not smoking

Speak with your health care professional for ideas on how to best support your immune system and visit our website for some healthy recipes and activities to keep you and your immune system strong and protected.


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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Creamy Vegetable Soup

Proper nutrition at any age is important to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle. However, as we age, a poor diet can have significant effects that put us at risk for disease.

This creamy vegetable soup is nutritious (using whole milk instead of cream!) and delicious with a variety of vegetables!

Creamy Vegetable Soup

For the original full recipe, click here. Serves 6 portions.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ½ cup Onions chopped
  • ½ cup Celery chopped
  • 1 cup Carrots chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Green Beans chopped
  • 1 cup Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 cup Broccoli Florets
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme dried
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano dried
  • 3 tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet and add onions, celery and carrots. Cook for a few minutes till the onions soften, making sure not to brown them. Add the garlic, beans, mushrooms, broccoli and corn and saute for 2-3 minutes. Mix in the thyme and oregano and add the flour.
  2. Add the flour along with thyme and oregano and cook the flour with veggies for a minute and a half. Add the whole milk slowly, while stirring continuously. Keep stirring while you bring this to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Add salt and pepper and let everything simmer for 6-7 minutes or till the soup thickens. Add a little broth or more milk to thin it out if its too thick for you.
  4. Serve hot on its own or with a fresh whole grain roll.

For information on how we can help support your elderly loved one with our Meal Assistance program, contact us today!


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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