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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International Women's Day 8th March

March 8, 2019

 

 

International Women's Day 8th March

“Neither man nor woman is perfect or complete without the other. Thus, no marriage or family, no ward or stake is likely to reach its full potential until husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, men and women work together in unity of purpose, respecting and relying upon each other's strengths.”
Sheri L. Dew

“A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
Eleanor Roosevelt



Just to note, there will be a separate activities page for Mothering Sunday, which falls on 31st March this year.


It was Shrove Tuesday this week, so we had pancakes and lemon with sugar or maple syrup with our tea and coffee as we did a round of introductions.

This and Ash Wednesday signified the start of Lent, so we went around the room asking what people would give up if they had to choose.

We then got on to the main focus of interest for the day. A celebration of women and their massive contributions to our lives (after all we wouldn't be here without them) and society.


Ask group members to think about who is their heroine - their favourite female singer, movie star, comedian or politician. Or perhaps a strong woman in their family they admire (or admired).

Perhaps it’s someone they would like to meet, say thank you to or have around for dinner.

Ask members why they so admire the person they have named.




 

 



Picture Round: Ask members to identify the famous faces of women in history (click on the image above to download the images).
Below is a list of names and prompts to assist this activity. Also inspirational quotes from these women are included:


Emmeline Pankhurst - British Political Activist and leader of the British Suffragette Movement, which helped women win the right to vote. Died 14th June 1928, aged 69. (It was Emily Wilding Davison who was killed in June 1913 when she ran under the King's horse at Epsom.)

"Trust in God - she will provide."


Grace Kelly - Former Actress and Princess Consort of Monaco. Died 14th September 1982, aged 52. (Most famous films - 'Rear Window', 1954; 'To Catch A Thief', 1955 & 'High Society', 1956)

"I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one's batteries."


Audrey Hepburn - British Actress and Humanitarian. Died 20th January 1993, aged 63. (Most famous films - 'Breakfast At Tiffany's', 1961; 'My Fair Lady', 1964 & 'Roman Holiday', 1953)

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."


Marie Curie - Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Died 4th June 1934, aged 66 (of radiation poisoning).

"Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it. Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood."


Mother Theresa - Now Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Died 5th September 1997, aged 87.

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier."


Florence Nightingale - English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing (in the Crimean War). Died 13th August 1910, aged 90.

"It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm."


Helen Keller - American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor Of Arts degree. Died 1st June 1968, aged 87.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."


Margaret Thatcher - Former (first female) British Prime Minister 1979-1990. Died 8th April 2013, aged 87.

"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman."


Princess Diana - Former Member Of The British Royal Family. AIDS champion. Landmine campaigner. Died 31st August 1997, aged 36.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”


Ann Frank - German-born Diarist and Holocaust victim. Died 12th March 1945, aged 15. (The Anne Frank Museum can be visited today in Amsterdam.)

"Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”


Rosa Parks - Civil Rights Activist. Played a pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. Died 4th October 2005, aged 92.

"I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."


Ingrid Bergman - Actress. Died 29th August 1982, aged 67. (Most famous films - 'Casablanca', 1942; 'Anastasia', 1956 & 'Gaslight', 1944)

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."


Judy Garland - Actress. Died 22nd June 1969, aged 47. (Most famous films - 'Wizard Of Oz', 1939; 'A Star Is Born', 1954 & 'Meet Me In St. Louis', 1944)

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."


Whoopi Goldberg - Actress and comedian. Still living, aged 62. (Most famous films - 'Sister Act', 1992; 'Ghost', 1990 & 'The Color Purple', 1985)

"We’re here for a reason. I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark."


Oprah Winfrey - Actress & Talk Show Host. (Possible candidate for US Presidential election 2020). Still living, aged 63.

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."


Hillary Clinton - Failed US Presidential candidate 2016. Still living, aged 70.

“Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you’re knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.”


Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014. Still living, aged 20.

“I had two options. One was to remain silent and never to speak and then to be killed by the terrorists. The second option was to speak up for my rights and then die. And I chose the second one.”


Amelia Airhart - American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Disappeared 2nd July 1937, aged 39.

"Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others."


Michelle Obama - Lawyer and Former First Lady. Still living, aged 53.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”


Marilyn Monroe - Actress. Died 5th August 1962, aged 36. (Most famous films - 'The Seven Year Itch', 1955; 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 1953 & 'Some Like It Hot', 1959)

“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”


HRH Queen Elizabeth - Longest serving Monarch. Head of the Commonwealth. Still living, aged 92.

“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”


Are there any other living or deceased female icons we should add to this list? Ask members if we have missed anyone and let us know.




Next, discuss these idioms and proverbs concerning women and their meanings. Note that they are dated in terms of stereotyping.



- Adam and EVE
- A woman's place is in the HOME/KITCHEN
- A woman of SUBSTANCE
- A scarlet WOMAN
- A woman's work is never DONE
- Don't teach your grandmother to suck EGGS
- A woman of her WORD
- A woman of MEANS
- The world and his WIFE
- Tied to your mother's apron STRINGS
- Mummy’s BOY
- A woman of few WORDS
- Old wives' TALE
- Woman of ill REPUTE
- A woman after one's own H ART
- A woman of the WORLD
- Hell hath no fury like a woman SCORNED
- A fine figure of a WOMAN
- Mother EARTH
- Mother TONGUE
- Mother NATURE
- Watch with MOTHER
- Mothering SUNDAY

 

 

 



WORLD BOOK DAY THURSDAY 7TH MAY

Next, think about seminal works of literature written by women. Ask members to complete the titles and comment as to whether they have read them or seen film adaptations.

Pride And - PREJUDICE - by Jane Austen. Published 1813

Franken - STEIN - by Mary Shelley. Published 1818

Jane - EYRE - by Charlotte Bronte. Published 1847

Wuthering - HEIGHTS - by Emily Bronte. Published 1847

Little - WOMEN - by Louisa May Alcott. Published 1868

Black - BEAUTY - by Anna Sewell. Published 1877

Hei - DI - by Johanna Spyri. Published 1880

Anne Of Green - GABLES - by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Published 1908

Polly - ANNA - by Eleanor H Porter. Published 1913

Murder On The Orient - EXPRESS - by Agatha Christie. Published 1934

Little House On The - PRAIRIE - by Laura Ingles Wilder. Published 1935

Reb - ECCA - by Daphne DuMaurier. Published 1938

The Famous - FIVE - On Treasure Island - by Enid Blyton. Published in 1942

To Kill A - MOCKINGBIRD - by Harper Lee. Published 1960

The Prime Of Miss Jean - BRODIE - by Muriel Spark. Published 1961

The Color - PURPLE - by Alice Walker. Published 1982

Bridget Jones - DIARY - by Helen Fielding. Published 1996

Harry Potter: The Philosopher’s - STONE - by JK Rowling. Published 1997


Ask members to add to the list, if they can...
Do members like reading a book, or listening to an audio book. For those with short term memory problems, a radio play might be a good alternative. Recommend the BBC 'Drama Of The Week' podcast.


 

 


TREE OF LIFE


Using a large sheet of paper, flip board size, draw the trunk of a tree and branches. Ask members to colour images of birds, insects, animals etc to decorate the tree. Also stick on real leaves or coloured in leaves to fill in the branches. Make a collage if you have time, with stream and flowers under the tree. Be imaginative and creative.

You can find a lot of outline images on the internet. here's an outline of Adam and Eve to start you off...




 

 



MOTHERS DAY CARDS


Another idea for an activity would be to make a Mother's Day card for March 31st. Most people will have lost their mother, perhaps recently, so take care preparing for this activity. But if it is well supported then it can be a nice opportunity for reminiscence, with members saying a 'thank you' to their mother and reflecting on their positive qualities.


Another caution is some members may not have had such a positive relationship with their mother and wish to opt out of this activity. So give them the choice and provide an alternative. Perhaps colouring in the art deco templates of women linked here would be a relaxing and enjoyable activity, linked to this week's theme.





 

 



PLAYLIST HERE - https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/6MPQqaW32EGmvbzvb6C3oY?si=_eUoe08GREm-rUPbri0BUw



1. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush. Kate Bush shares a birthday (30th July) with which classical English authoress? EMILY BRONTE (the author)
When did she have a hit with this song? JANUARY 1978
Her first album was called? - THE KICK INSIDE

2. Woman - John Lennon. Which woman was this song written about? YOKO ONO
Who were the other Beatles? PAUL MCCARTNEY, GEORGE HARRISON & RINGO STARR

3. No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
What were the backing group called? THE WAILERS
What religion was Bob Marley? RASTAFARIAN
What three colours are associated with this religion? RED, GOLD & GREEN

4. 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Which three women starred in this 1980 film about three secretaries getting even with their sexist boss?
DOLLY PARTON, LILY TOMLIN & JANE FONDA

5. Like A Virgin - Madonna. What was Madonna's real name? MADONNA LOUISE CICCONE
What year did she have a hit with this song? 1984
(Did anyone see her backwards fall in The Brits 2015?)

6. I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston. How old was Whitney Houston when she sadly died? 49
Which 1992 film did she star in alongside Kevin Costner? THE BODYGUARD
(The hit song from this film was 'I Will Always Love You')

7. Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand. Who wrote the classic novel 'Women In Love'? DH LAWRENCE
Can anyone name any of her movies? 'A Star Is Born', 1976; 'The Way We Were', 1973 & 'Funny Girl', 1968 were her top movies.

8. For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton. How many James Bonds can the group name? SEAN CONNERY: 1962–1967, 1971 AND 1983. DAVID NIVEN: 1967. GEORGE LAZENBY: 1969. ROGER MOORE: 1972–1985. TIMOTHY DALTON: 1986–1994. PIERCE BROSNAN: 1994–2004. DANIEL CRAIG: 2005–PRESENT

9. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner. What is Tina Tuner's real name? ANNA MAE BULLOCK
What city was named in one of her most famous songs? NUTBUSH

10. Xanadu - Olivia Newton John & ELO. Which classic poem refers to the mythical place, Xanadu? 'KUBLA KHAN', BY SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
What was ELO's 1979 single about a diary? THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP

11. Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell - Which Joni Mitchell album was this song from? CLOUDS
How old is Joni Mitchell? 75 YEARS - she was born 7 November 1943

12. It's Too Late - Carole King. Which album did this song come from? TAPESTRY
Which musical, currently playing in the West End, is based on the life of Carole King? BEAUTIFUL

13. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross. Which female group did Diana Ross sing with? THE SUPREMES
What is the highest mountain in the world? MOUNT EVEREST

14. Respect - Aretha Franklin. What does T.C.B. mean in the song? T.C.B. IS SHORT FOR TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
What was her nickname? THE QUEEN OF SOUL

15. Feeling Good - Nina Simone. Open Question: Ask group members what makes them 'feel good'? Go around the room.

16. Birds Of A Feather - TV Theme. What are the names of the three main characters in this TV comedy? TRACEY STUBBS, SHARON THEODOPOLOPODOS & DORIEN GREEN (PLAYED BY LINDA ROBSON, PAULINE QUIRKE & LESLEY JOSEPH)

17. Charlies' Angels - TV Theme
Who originally starred in this popular 1970s TV show? FARAH FAWCETT, KATE JACKSON & JACLYN SMITH
Who was their go to man? JOHN BOSLEY

18. Thank You For Being A Friend - Andrew Gold. A version of this song was used as the title music for the American TV comedy series 'The Golden Girls'. What were the four lead characters' names in that show? BLANCHE DEVEREUX, DOROTHY ZBORNAK, ROSE NYLUND & SOPHIA PETRILLO (PLAYED BY RUE MCLANAHAN, BEA ARTHUR, BETTIE WHITE & ESTELLE GETTY)

19. Candle In The Wind - Elton John. Who is the Norma Jean referred to in this song? NORMA JEAN MORTENSON, A.K.A. MARILYN MONROE
Whose funeral did Elton sing a version of this song at? PRINCESS DIANA ('Goodbye English Rose')

20. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carne. Complete these Bette Davis film titles - 'All About ...', 'Whatever Happened To .... ...', 'Now .......'? JEZEBEL 1938, ALL ABOUT EVE 1950, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE 1952, NOW VOYAGER 1942

21. Wonder Woman - TV Theme. Who starred as 'Wonder Woman' in the popular 1970s TV series? LYNDA CARTER
How did she change into Wonder Woman? SHE WOULD SPIN AROUND

22. Something - The Beatles. Who was this song written about? PATTIE BOYD, GEORGE HARRISON'S FIRST WIFE
What instrument did George Harrison play in The Beatles? GUITAR & SITAR

23. Let It Be - The Beatles. This song was re-released as a fund raising single for which disaster in 1987? FERRY AID / ZEEBRUGGE DISASTER

24. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina - Judy Covington
Which musical does this song come from? EVITA
Who was this about? EVA PERON, FIRST LADY OF ARGENTINA FROM 1946-1952

25. Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves - Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin
A positive song about the strength of women to finish this round.
Who sang the Irving Berlin song 'Sisters', which featured in the 1954 movie 'White Christmas'? ROSEMARY CLOONEY & VERA-ELLEN (Well, actually Rosemary Clooney sang both parts of the duet!)

26. The Elements - Tom Lehrer
Does anyone remember studying The Periodic Table in school, usually for Chemistry O' levels.
Does anyone still remember any of it?
 
For information, we added song no. 26 as it relates to the 250th anniversary of The Periodic Table, which is also this week.










 

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