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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. 

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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Thanksgiving Thursday 22nd November

November 20, 2018

 

The Thanksgiving holiday is always on the fourth Thursday of November, that is the 22nd of this month.

"Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life."- Robert Louis Stevenson


NEWS ROUND

Arise Sir Kenny Dalglish! Sir Kenny was Knighted at The Palace on Saturday this week, for services to football and charity. He made over three hundred appearances for both Celtic and Liverpool and earned over one hundred caps for the Scotland national team.

Mickey Mouse was 90 years old this week. 'Steamboat Willy' was his first film appearance, in 1928. He was first drawn by Walt Disney himself. Has anyone been to Disney Land in California or Disney World in Florida? Or Disney Land Paris?

Richard Baker died this week aged 93. He was famous for being a newscaster, but also had a great love of classical music and frequently presented 'Last Night Of The Proms'.

 

 

 


THANKSGIVING QUIZ

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/thanksgiving-turkey-day-pilgrims-native-americans-quiz-test-your-knowledge-a6745016.html

Thanksgiving: it’s that time of year when Americans around the world prepare to gather with their loved ones to feast, watch football and take a moment to acknowledge all that they have to be grateful for.

But underneath the festivities, the occasion is fascinating, complex and political. So, test how much you know about Thanksgiving with the quiz below. (The correct answer is starred.)

https://icebreakerideas.com/thanksgiving-trivia/


Thanksgiving occurs on the:
1. Fourth Thursday in November *
2. Third Thursday in November
3. November 26th each year

The first Thanksgiving lasted:
1. One day
2. Two days
3. Three days *

Which of the following was NOT served at the Pilgrims Thanksgiving meal?
1. Cranberries, corn, and mashed potatoes *
2. Rabbit, chicken, wild turkey, and dried fruit
3. Venison (deer meat), fish, goose

Which Indian tribe taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land and were invited to the Thanksgiving meal?
1. Apache
2. Wampanoag *
3. Cherokee

Approximately how many turkeys are eaten each year on Thanksgiving in the United States?
1. 100 million
2. 280 million *
3. 500 million

Which southern state was the first to adopt a Thanksgiving Day in 1855?
1. South Carolina
2. Virginia *
3: Georgia

What is a snood?
1. The loose skin under a male turkey’s neck *
2. A hat worn by a Pilgrim
3. A hot cider drink served at Thanksgiving

What utensil was not used by the Pilgrims to eat Thanksgiving dinner?
1. Knife
2. Fork *
3. Spoon

The best place to put the meat thermometer in the turkey is:
1. The breast
2. The middle of the back
3. The thigh *

Which president is believed to be the first to pardon a turkey and start this annual tradition?
1. President Lincoln in 1863
2. President Roosevelt in 1939
3. President Harry Truman in 1947 *

The Pilgrims came to the New World seeking religious freedom and were also called:
1. The Puritans because they wanted to purify the teachings and ceremonies of the Church of England *
2. The Great Explorers
3. The Wanderers

Today, our Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday of November because
1. It is the date the Pilgrims landed in the New World
2. This was the date set by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and approved by Congress in 1941 *
3. It was the date people voted to have it on

What is a baby turkey called?
1. A chick
2. A nestling
3. A poult *

It has been estimated that how many Americans eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
1. 88% *
2. 50%
3. 75%

A full grown turkey has about how many feathers?
1. A million
2. Too many to count!
3. 3,500 *

True or False

Canada also has Thanksgiving? They have their holiday on the second Monday in October. (TRUE)

The first ever Thanksgiving was held in 1621 at Plymouth by the Pilgrims? (TRUE. Thanksgiving feasts were part of early religion in England before the Pilgrims ever came to the New World.)

All turkeys can fly? (FALSE. Wild turkeys can fly, but those domestically grown for eating cannot because they are too heavy.)

The Pilgrims only “celebrated” three days – the Sabbath, fast days, and days of thanksgiving? (TRUE)

All turkeys gobble. (FALSE. Only male turkeys gobble. They do so to attract female turkeys)

The first department store to hold a Thanksgiving parade was Macy’s. (FALSE. It was Gimbel’s)

More than half of the people in the Plymouth colony died that winter of 1621 (TRUE)

Every year the President of the United States pardons a turkey, who spends the rest of its life on a historical farm (TRUE)

Cranberries are tasted to see if they are sweet enough to harvest. (FALSE. Cranberries are bounced to see if they are ripe. They should bounce about 4 inches high)

Turkeys can see behind themselves. (TRUE. They can see 270 degrees)

Eating turkey does in fact make you sleepy? (TRUE. Turkeys contain an amino acid, tryptophan, which is a natural sedative. However, the large amount of food eaten and alcohol drunk probably contributes!)

Native Americans used cranberries for more than just cooking – the fruit was used as a medicine too? (TRUE. Native Americans used cranberries for cooking, but they also used them to treat arrow punctures and other wounds. They also used the fruit to dye fabric.)

One of America’s founding fathers suggested the turkey, rather than the bald eagle, be the national bird of the U.S.A.? (TRUE– Benjamin Franklin, in 1784, suggested the wild turkey would be a more appropriate national bird, instead of the bald eagle, because though silly and vain they are more respectable birds and are birds of courage.)


 

 


DISCUSSION

Go around the room and ask members what they are most thankful for.

What is their happiest memory?
What is the achievement they are most proud of?
Are there any regrets about missed opportunities?


If we were to prepare a Thanksgiving (Turkey) Dinner, how would we go about it?

Prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner:

Roast Turkey, with stuffing
Mashed potato
Gravy
Cranberry sauce
Corn, grilled or creamed
Green bean casserole or Brussels sprouts with bacon
Cracked pepper bread rolls
Candied sweet potato or yams
Pumpkin pie or Pecan pie


The day after Thanksgiving, when people head for the sales, is commonly referred to as BLACK FRIDAY

For people too full or lazy to go shopping on Black Friday, there is always CYBER MONDAY, which is a good time to purchase electric and tech goods online.

 

 

 


BUCKET LIST

Who has visited America, or would like to?
Do members have favourite cities or resorts they would like to go to?

Disneyland
Las Vegas
San Fransisco
Hollywood
Graceland
New York
Florida Keys
Nappa Valley
Seatle
Hawaii ...

might feature in people's responses.

Or maybe particular sites of interest, such as ...

Niagara Falls
Statue Of Liberty
Alcatraz
Grand Canyon
White House
Yellowstone National Park
Times Square
Golden Gate Bridge
Great Lakes
Waikiki Beach.

Have some colour pictures printed off for the tables and as each place is mentioned ask members to identify them and hold them up.

People sometimes refer to places we want to visit or things we want to experience before we die as a 'Bucket List'. Has anyone any burning ambitions of things they want to do or places they want to go? Maybe create a 'Friendship Group Bucket List' for the whole group?


 

 

 


YOU SAY POTATO

Next, ask members to guess at the alternative American words for everyday English words.

Biscuit - COOKIE
Chips - FRENCH FRIES
Crisps - CHIPS
Aubergine - EGGPLANT
Courgette - ZUCCHINI
Spring onion - SCALLION
Beetroot - BEETS
Herbs - HERB (WITH A SILENT H)
Basil - BASIL (WITH THE S SOUNDING LIKE A Z)
Coriander - CILANTRO
Porridge - OATMEAL
Treacle - MOLASSES
Mincemeat - GROUND BEEF OR PORK (Remember the 'Trifle' episode of 'Friends')
Ice lolly - POPSICLE
Sweets - CANDY
Candy floss - COTTON CANDY
Jam - JELLY
Jelly - JELLO
Trainers - SNEAKERS
Kit - UNIFORM
Jumper - SWEATER
Tissue - KLEENEX
Nappy - DIAPER
Dummy - PACIFIER
Vacuum - HOOVER
Flat - APARTMENT
Lift - ELEVATOR
Underground - SUBWAY
Pavement - SIDEWALK
Zebra crossing - CROSSWALK
Toilet - RESTROOM
Chemist - PHARMACY
High Street - MAIN STREET
Lorry - TRUCK
Estate car - STATION WAGON
Motorway - HIGHWAY
Flyover - OVERPASS
Diversion - DETOUR
Car park - PARKING LOT
Petrol - GAS
Queue - LINE
Post - MAIL
Post code - ZIP CODE
Timetable - SCHEDULE
Rubber - ERASER
Torch - FLASHLIGHT
Mobile phone - CELL PHONE
Car boot - TRUNK
Car bonnet - HOOD
Takeaway - TAKEOUT
Rubbish - GARBAGE OR TRASH
Holiday - VACATION
Autumn - FALL
Noughts and crosses - TIC TAC TOE
Football - SOCCER
Full stop - PERIOD


 

 


THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
MUSIC QUIZ

Spotify Playlist link here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/1mcNpawLbqe8XA6PsgZr3Z?si=FdTstJyHTMSaaLx5JTTiKw


Thanks For The Memories - Bob Hope & Dorothy Lamour
In the 'Road To ....' movies, who always co-starred alongside Bob Hope? BING CROSBY
(The 'Roads To' were SINGAPORE, ZANZIBAR, MOROCCO, UTOPIA, RIO, BALI & HONG KONG)

Thank You Very Much - The Scaffold
What chocolates did this song help advertise? CADBURY'S ROSES

Lucky Stars - Dean Friedman
This song made number 3 in the UK charts in which year? 1978

The Golden Girls - TV Theme
Name the 'Golden Girls' characters and actors? ROSE NYLAND (BETTY WHITE), DOROTHY ZBORNAK (BEA ARTHUR), BLANCHE DEVEREUX (RUE MCCLANAHAN) & SOPHIA PETRILLO (ESTELLE GETTY)
(Andrew Gold wrote the song 'Thank You For Being A Friend')

Cheers - TV Theme
Where was the bar 'Cheers'? BOSTON
(Sam Mallone, played by Ted Danson, ran the bar)

Friends - TV Theme
Name the characters and actors? RACHEL GREEN (JENNIFER ANISTON), CHANDLER BING (MATTHEW PERRY), MONICA GELLER (COURTENEY COX), JOEY TRIBBIANI (MATT LE BLANC), PHOEBE BUFFAY (LISA KUDROW) & ROSS GELLER (DAVID SCHWIMMER)

Whatever Will Be - Doris Day
How old is Doris Day? 96 - BORN APRIL 3RD, 1922

Magic Moments - Perry Como
This song also helped advertise chocolates. Which ones? QUALITY STREET
(The song was also used as the name and music for a fictional 'Surprise, Surprise' show in the Victoria Wood TV drama 'PAT AND MARGARET')

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Maybe, as a memory exercise, ask members to repeat the American words for these English words - Lift = ELEVATOR, Pavement = SIDEWALK, Biscuits = COOKIES & Courgette = ZUCCHINI

Make Someone Happy - Jimmy Durante
What film soundtrack did this song feature in? SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
It starred? TOM HANKS & MEG RYAN
They finally met at the top of which New York building? THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

Yankee Doodle Dandy - James Cagney & Bob Hope
What was James Cagney's catchphrase? YOU DIRTY RAT
Have members have a go at saying it with as much meaning and feeling as they can. Just for fun!

Ain't Got No - Nina Simone
Listen carefully, aside from her bodily attributes what is the most important gift Nina has? FREEDOM

If You're Thankful And You Know It - Kiboomers
Ask members to follow the directions in the song (Loudly!)

Top Of The World - Carpenters
What would you find at the top of the world? THE NORTH POLE
(An interesting fact, if you travel the circumference of the globe you travel South then North, then South again. If you travel along the equator you only ever head East or West)

Thank You - Dido
We are making 'Thank You' cards for our activity later, so who do members most want to say "Thank You" to?

Thank You For The Music - ABBA
If members were to thank the universe for one song or piece of music, what would it be?

Feeling Good - Nina Simone
What are the things that make us feel good? Let's make a list.
A KISS, A CUDDLE, A SMILE, WARM SUN ON YOUR FACE, A BEAUTIFUL VIEW, NATURE, A GLASS OF WINE, OR A NICE CUP OF TEA

Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
What does Freddie Mercury call himself in this song? MR FARENHEIT

I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
What was the late Aretha Franklin known as? THE QUEEN OF SOUL
Her music was based on which style? GOSPEL MUSIC

How Great Thou Art - Elvis Presley
If Elvis had lived, what birthday would he be celebrating on 8th January next? 80TH

Amazing Grace - Susan Boyle
Where does Susan Boyle live? BLACKBURN, WEST LOTHIAN, SCOTLAND
Her nickname is? SUBO

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
The ultimate feel good song to sing along with...
Or dance to, of course!

The Star Spangled Banner - Whitney Houston
And we finish with a tribute to our American friends across the water and hope they have a great Thanksgiving.


 

 

ACTIVITY

We suggest you print off some outline images to make 'Thank You' cards together. Adult colouring is always an enjoyable activity for our group.

Another option would be to download onto phones or laptops, if you have these available, the following apps.

Happy Colour - Colour By Numbers, created by https://x-flow.app

 

or 


Colorfy, created by www.colorfy.net

(both available in the iOS App Store or Google Playstore)

'Happy Colour' requires you to use your finger or a dabber to colour in numbered sections of an image. If you get stuck an assist button is available.

'Colorfy' is more free flow, which may be a better option for people who are less able to identify numbered and shaded areas.

The benefit of both of these apps is immediate colour within defined lines, so the annoyance of not being able to fully control pens and pencils freehand is removed.

 

 


REFRESHMENTS

We suggest you offer members Pecan Pie, or Pumpkin Pie, or Apple Pie, and Cranberry or Apple Juice (or hot cider) to really get the Thanksgiving vibe really going.

 

 






 

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