About Me

My name is Simon O’Donovan MBE. I’ve worked in NHS Wales for most of my adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

I recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service. I continue to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

I've been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive our activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

My colleagues and I have been using these approaches regularly in our day to day work and have found them beneficial. The materials provided have been tried and tested, then refined to improve and further develop them for future use.

 

The main aim of this website is to share our experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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Summer of Love Music Quiz

August 26, 2017

 

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/22HTubepizmfyXgj51YNBw

 

 

1. Sailing By - Shipping Forecast music

2. Woodstock - Joni Mitchell. What year did Woodstock Music Festival take place in? 1969

3. Flowers In The Rain - The Move. What are members' favourite flowers? Go around the room.

4. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles. What was Strawberry Fields? A SALVATION ARMY HOME THAT JOHN LENNON USED TO VISIT AS A CHILD AND LATER DONATED MONEY TO

5. Love Is All Around - The Troggs. Which Scottish band later re-recorded this song and had a massive hit with it? WET WET WET

6. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks. Can anyone name any other London mainline stations? EUSTON, ST PANCRAS, KINGS CROSS, PADDINGTON

7. Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues. Who was the lead singer? JUSTIN HAYWARD

8. Aquarius, Let The Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension. What are members' star signs? Does anyone read their Horoscope?

9. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces. Is Itchycoo Park a real place? NOT REALLY. ITCHYCOO REFERS TO STINGING NETTLES IN THE PARK WHERE STEVE MARRIOTT GREW UP AND LATER VISITED FOR DRUG TAKING

10. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys are associated with the surfing community. Has anyone ever surfed or dived in the sea, or used snorkel and goggles and flippers?

11. California Dreaming' - The Mamas & The Papas. Can anyone guess what this song is about? HOMESICKNESS

12. The House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals. Where were this group originally from? NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

13. Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash. Where is Marrakesh? MOROCCO

14. Up, Up and Away - The 5th Dimension. Can anyone think of other forms of air travel in addition to a Hot Air Balloon? HANG GLIDER, PARACHUTE, LIGHT AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTER, JUMBO JET, CONCORDE

15. Frankie Valli - Can't Take My Eyes Off of You. What was Frankie Valli's backing group known as? THE FOUR SEASONS

16. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield. Does anyone know Dusty's original name? MARY O'BRIEN

17. Let's Spend The Night Together - The Rolling Stones. Which ex-wife of lead singer Mick Jagger is now married to the media mogul Rupert Murdock? JERRY HALL

18. Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds. Can anyone think of any other percussion instruments in addition to the Tambourine? CYMBALS, TRIANGLE, TIMPANI, SNARE DRUM, BASS DRUM

19. Daydream Believer - The Monkees. Who wrote this song? NEIL DIAMOND

20. Mellow Yellow - Donovan. What flower does the spice Saffron come from? CROCUS

21. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles. Singalong

22. Respect - Aretha Franklin. What does TBC in the lyrics mean? TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS

23. A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum. What does Trip The Light Fantastic refer to? TO DANCE NIMBLY OR LIGHTLY 

24. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles. Why is this song thought to be about taking psychedelic drugs? IT IS THOUGHT LUCY. SKY. DIAMONDS. SPELLED OUT L.S.D.

25. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison. Which part of the UK does Van Morrison come from? NORTHERN IRELAND (BELFAST)

26. San Fransisco - Scott McKenzie. What is the name of the infamous prison in San Fransisco Bay? ALCATRAZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

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