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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. 

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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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Animal Magic

October 10, 2017

 

This week's session focused on the animal kingdom and music and TV programmes associated with it. This was because Wednesday 4th October 2017 was World Animal Day.

We started off by discussing facts about animals, as follows:

 

- Largest animal is - BLUE WHALE, 98 feet in length, weighing 180 tons

- Biggest land animal is - AFRICAN ELEPHANT, 35 feet in length from trunk to tail, weighing 7 tons

- Tallest land animal is - GIRAFFE, 18 feet tall

- Fastest animal is - CHEETAH, 61 miles per hour

- Slowest animal is - THREE TOED SLOTH, 0.003 miles per hour

- Smelliest animal is - SKUNK, can spray up to nearly 10 feet

- Most deadliest animal is (aside from Humans) is - MOSQUITO, kills approx 725,000 people each year through carrying infectious diseases like Malaria

- Biggest land predator is - POLAR BEAR

- The slowest fish is - SEAHORSE, MOVES ALONG AT 0.01 MPH

 

- What bird can run faster than a horse? OSTRICHE

- The world's smallest dog was? A YORKSHIRE TERRIER (weighed  just 4 ounces) 

- The only mammal which can fly is? A BAT

- Alligators can live up to how many years? 100 YEARS

- Cats have lived with people for more than? - 7,000 YEARS

- True or false, Can hippos run faster than humans? TRUE 

- How many times per second can a Woodpecker peck? 20 TIMES

- The phrase "It's raining cats and dogs" originated in the 17th century because? DURING HEAVY RAINSTORMS ANIMALS WOULD DROWN AND FLOAT IN THE STREETS

- A fear of animals is called? ZOOPHOBIA

- The most poisonous fish in the world is a? STONEFISH

- Hummingbirds beat their wings how many times a second? 60 TO 80 TIMES

- True or false, A blind chameleon will take on the colour of it's surroundings? TRUE

- The most popular dog breed in the UK is? LABRADOR RETRIEVER

- All swans in the UK are owned by whom? THE QUEEN

- A mole can dig a tunnel how long in a single night? 300 FEET

- Flamingos are pink because they eat what? SHRIMP

- The average dog can run how fast? 19 MPH

- Dogs have lived with humans for how long? OVER 14,000 YEARS

- True or false, Snakes do not blink? TRUE, THEY HAVE NO EYELIDS

- Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct how many years ago? 65 MILLION YEARS

- True or false, The colour red angers a bull? FALSE, THEY ARE COLOUR BLIND

- The oldest recorded living elephant was how old? 82 YEARS

- True or false, Frogs do not drink water? TRUE, THEY ABSORB IT THROUGH THEIR SKIN

- True or false, You are more likely to be killed by a popping champagne cork than a poisonous spider? TRUE

- What is a fear of spiders called? ARACHNOPHOBIA

- What is special about the sentence, 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog?' IT CONTAINS ALL THE LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET

 

Have you any facts to add to this list?

 

 

We next thought about animals in literature. 

 

- THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling

- WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

- WINNIE THE POOH by A.A. Milne 

- MARLEY AND ME by John Grogan

- THE HORSE WHISPERER by Nicholas Evans

- THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame

- BLACK BEAUTY by Anna Sewell

- ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

- MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

- ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL by James Herriott

- THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Beatrix Potter

- FANTASTIC MR FOX by Roald Dahl

- MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS by Gerald Durrell

 

 

And then children's rhymes... (we had a go at remembering some of these in full)

 

- BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP

- GOOSEY GOOSEY GANDER

- HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE

- HICKORY DICKORY DOCK

- ITSY BITSY SPIDER

- LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD

- LITTLE BO PEEP

- LITTLE BOY BLUE

- LITTLE MISS MUFFET

- MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB

- OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM

- POP GOES THE WEASEL

- PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT

- RIDE A COCK HORSE TO BANBURY CROSS

- ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN

- THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

- THREE BLIND MICE

 

 

Then we thought about idioms involving animals (and guessed at their meanings)...

 

- A BIRD IN THE HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH

- ANTS IN YOUR PANTS

- THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

- CAT'S GOT YOUR TONGUE

- CHICKEN OUT

- CLAM UP

- COPY CAT

- DROPPING LIKE FLIES

- EAGER BEAVER

- FISHY

- HOLD YOUR HORSES

- GET THE LION'S SHARE

- IN THE DOG HOUSE

- KILL TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

- LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG

- A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

- NEST EGG

- PIG OUT

- RAT RACE

- SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL

- STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

- TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS

- UNTIL THE COWS COME HOME

 

 

We then talked about our beloved pets and their names.

Also our favourite animals...

 

 

Finally, we remembered which animals are synonymous with particular countries, i.e. regarded as National Animals.

 

- Australia - RED KANGAROO

- Canada - NORTH AMERICAN BEAVER

- China - GIANT PANDA

- India - ROYAL BENGAL TIGER, KING COBRA

- Japan - KOI CARP

- Mauritius - DODO (extinct)

- Mexico - GOLDEN EAGLE

- Nepal - COW

- New Zealand - KIWI

- Russia - EUROPEAN BROWN BEAR

- Scotland - SHETLAND PONY

- South Africa - SPRINGBOK

- Thailand - ELEPHANT

- United Arab Emirates - PEREGRINE FALCON

- United Kingdom - BRITISH BULLDOG, LION

- United States - BALD EAGLE, AMERICAN BISON

- Wales - RED KITE, RED DRAGON :-)

 

 

 

The music quiz followed - please see next Blog.

 

 

And after that we did some drawing and colouring of outline images of animals we downloaded from the web.

 

A couple of us used iPad apps for colouring - COLORFY has some great free animal images to try out.

LINK HERE. http://www.colorfy.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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