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March brings with it blossoms, shamrocks, and all things Irish, and we’ve been itching to get started on these craft and art projects! My excitement over our projects for March got me thinking. Why is art so important? Why do people of all ages enjoy pariticipating in artistic activities? This blog post then begins a three part series on art and artistic expression for seniors with memory loss or Alzheimer’s Disease. While I am by no means an artist or expert on the subject, that is exactly the point. ANYONE…even individuals with significant cognitive decline, can find pathways for expression through art.

Blossoming Tree Project for March

Blossoming Tree Project for March: This picture was made by applying dots of paint by a Q-tip to a pre-printed picture of an empty tree. The use of pink in this picture gives the impression of a cherry tree!

Why Make Art a Priority?

At the Magnolia and Primrose care home, we believe that art and activities are at least as important as medications. Why is that?

  • Art provides other avenues for self-expression which is a huge bonus for individuals with diminishing language capabilities. It uses parts of the brain that are often easier to tap into than language skills and which degenerate slower than other parts of the brain.
  •  Additionally, art therapy can prove calming for some individuals during episodes of agitation. Similar effects are seen with music, animals, and even just viewing art!
  • Art is also useful in building relationships. Caregivers and elders can work together on projects which in turn strengthens their bond together. It can also be used to provide intergenerational interactions between elders and children. Finally, group art projects can build a sense of community in care homes and assisted living facilities. For example, last month each resident was giving a square piece of cardstock with a simple heart outline on it. Each resident was given the opportunity to fill in their hearts with magazine clippings, drawings, or coloring. At the end, all the hearts were combined with pieces of valentine cardstock to create a quilt like effect. The residents were very proud of the beautiful “quilt” they created together!

 To learn more about the intersection between art therapy and neuropsychology, check out this fascinating article about how art therapy can be used and what it does.

Finally, I came across this video from the International Art Therapy Organization in my search for more information about art therapy. It is a fascinating and deeply moving story of a man who started painting for the first time after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Check out their page on neurodegenerative disorders for more information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Te-s6M4qc&feature=player_embedded

Blog Posts Coming soon…..

  • 2 of 3: Reaching the InnerArtist: Tips for creating art with those with memory loss
  • 3 of 3: Ideas and Resources for Artistic Expression: Where can you find easy but meaningful projects?
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We have some exciting news to share! We have opened a second care facility in Orcutt, CA next to Magnolia, dubbed “Primrose”. Last week our first two residents, along with four finches and a dog, moved into the new facility. Primrose will also specialize in caring for individuals with memory loss. Some of the features of Primrose include:

  • A Huge porch with cozy lounge chairs
  • Views of the valley, lawn, rustic barn, and rose garden
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • A big living room with high ceilings
  • Fully fenced and secure for the safety of our residents.

Please call to come and check out our new facility! We would love to have you visit.

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No that’s not a call of distress…it’s a call to pizza! Magnolia celebrated the start of May in Orcutt, CA with residents, guests, and children. We had pizza catered by Bello Forno who brought a trailer with its own wood-fired pizza oven!  It was quite a sight to see. The children made tissue paper flowers, had flower relay races, and “flower” cupcakes were also served.

Check out our pictures. It looks like a pizza parlor at Magnolia. Do you celebrate May Day?

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Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Image by sachman75 via Flickr

All last week and this week we are celebrating Chinese New Year at Magnolia. Celebrating holidays and learning about other cultures is a great way to keep the mind engaged and free from boredom. Here are some of the goings-on at Magnolia  right now to welcome the year of the rabbit.

  • What is your animal? Are you a rabbit? Find out here.
  • Study of mandarin oranges- most popular fruit during Chinese New Year
  • Armchair travels to the Great Wall of China
  • Stories about rabbits
  • The Arts: Rabbit paints, red envelopes and lanterns

 

People born in the year of the rabbit are supposedly gracious, good friends, kind, and sensitive. What does the Chinese Zodiac say your personality is like?

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Caring handsNovember is for giving thanks, and especially giving thanks to devoted caregivers. At Magnolia,  our caregivers are our most important resource. They provide gentle hands-on care and treat the residents with dignity and respect.

In order to honor our caregivers and other caregivers in the community, we are holding a “Blessing of Hands” Ceremony at the Halsell Barn at 4630 Song Ln. We invite all our families to come and help us thank our caregivers for their sacred work. We also invite other caregivers in the community to come and be honored. Clergy will be on hand to help us give thanks for our caregivers and bless their hands for the work they have done and will do.

BlessingofHands Flyer 2010

Please RSVP to Larissa : larissahalsell@slresources.com

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On Saturday morning people from around the Central Coast gathered at Waller Park in Santa Maria on a “walk to remember”. Our team, “Steel Magnolias” joined in the festivities and celebrated raising over $5,600 for the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, we had the honor of being named the top fundraising team! Not only that, but our team also had the top individual fundraiser: Carol Abeloe.

Thank you everyone for your donations and for participating in our fundraising events. The spaghetti dinner, move nite fundraiser, and grandparents’ luncheon all made our team successful. There was even a lovely story by the Santa Maria Times about the grandparent’s luncheon fundraiser at St. Louis de Montfort.

Here are some pictures of Saturday’s festivities!

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Balance is important for everyone. It is one aspect of fitness that we often ignore in favor of strength, cardiovascular fitness, or flexibility. However balance should be a fitness priority of everone! Our ability to balance ourselves determines how well we are able to navigate safely and nimbly through our environment.

 Balance is of particular importance to us as we age. Each year U.S. hospitals have over 300,000 admissions for broken hips which are often caused by falls. A decline in fitness, loss of vision, and inner ear problems can all contribute to problems with balance. Luckily, balance can be improved at any age with simple exercises!

 Check out the following links to try some of the exercises we will be using at Magnolia this month:

 Balance Exercises for Seniors

 Exercise Guide from the National Institute on Aging

 Yoga and Pilates classes are also great for balance among other aspects of fitness. Don’t forget to check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine!

(And don’t worry, you don’t need to be able to stand on one hand to reap the benefits of improved balance!)

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