To all Activity Professionals, working in great and beautiful ways, I say, THANK YOU! Keep going! We need you! You enrich the lives of others in ways you may never be able to understand. Keep dreaming, imagining, playing, envisioning a better way to fill your calendar and the time you spend with those you serve.
I wonder if the industry is paralyzed by fear and the judgment of what the community and industry will think of who they are as an organization and care community? I wonder if we fear to look like a stereotype or will be judged if we don’t have a chandelier in our entryway?
We have arrived at the fourth and final week of Advent. Although it is a short week, we are still called to continue to prepare our hearts for Christmas. So much goes on during this time of year, and as Christians, we seek to see beyond the gifts and decorations, enjoying them of course, butContinue reading “4th Week of Advent”
How do we take this information and implement it? How do we make sure that these lists and charts don’t remain on the page, but inform each interaction?
Take the time to visit. They may be lonely or lonely for your specific relationship with them. They are experiencing loss as well, your friendship and relationship with them are valued more than you may ever know.
Give the gift of the best version of yourself, caring for and loving the each person. Listen, see, and love the other and you will learn what you need to do.
A conversation has started. Finally! This past week, I attended the North American Drama Therapy Association’s annual conference as a presenter. It was a groundbreaking year with an entire afternoon of workshops and discussions revolving around aging. In a profession that has intentionally or unintentionally discriminated against working with this population, this is a massiveContinue reading “Aging and the NADTA Conference”
Programs rooted in Creative Engagement cause us to laugh and to smile, and sometimes cry, but they always tap into the beauty of human connection.
“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
The launched of something new is happening, expanding my work with Dementia Letters Project. Over the last little while, I have worked on developing a virtual community that includes a Creative Engagement and Dementia training (and hopefully a conference in the spring.) I am heading into the unknown with great excitement for what could be.Continue reading “A New Adventure”