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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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International Day Of Human Space Flight - 12th April

April 5, 2019

 

 

NEWS ROUND UP

Doris Day reached age 97 on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. Do members remember her hit songs, 'A Secret Love', 'Sentimental Journey' and 'Que Sera'?

'Burger King' has launched a new vegan whopper burger. It's supposed to be so meaty and leaks beetroot juice such that it's very convincing and people don't quite believe it's not beef!

It was 'April Fools Day' on Monday 1st April, of course.

Some of the best April Fools spotted included:

Wales Online - A new 100mph zipwire linking Wales and England is to be built on top of the Severn Bridge.
BBC iPlayer - Launched a 'Skip The Sex' button to save embarrassment if watching adult themed programmes with your children.
US Open Tennis - Announced they would be adding puppies to their ball person team for the first time.
Travelodge - Announced a new 'Bed Share Scheme' to save on hotel bills by bedding down with strangers.
KitKat - Launched a new tea bag range to accompany their chocolate fingers. The tea bags come in one, two, three and four finger strength.
BMW - Announced they have invented 'Lunar Paint' which when painted on electric cars could charge them overnight using moonlight.
British Transport Police - Launched a new crack down on rail passengers who eat smelly foods. Fines of up to £2000 for 'really stinky' foods were announced. (What about noisy passengers?)

Do members recall probably the best April Fool by Panorama in 1957, which filmed the spaghetti harvest being picked from trees in Switzerland?


This week our theme for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy was Space because it is 'International Day Of Human Space Flight' on 12th April.
 

 



IDIOMS

Ask members to complete the following phrases...

April Showers Bring May - FLOWERS
April Fools - DAY

Space, the final - FRONTIER
May the force (May 4th) be with - YOU
Once in a blue - MOON
Living on another - PLANET
Come back down to - EARTH
Under the - SUN
Lost in - SPACE
Aim for the - STARS
Over the - MOON
Houston we have a - PROBLEM
Live long and - PROSPER (Can anyone do the Spock - Vulcan hand signal?)
Thunderbirds are - GO
We have lift - OFF
Twinkle twinkle - LITTLE STAR (full poem below)
Hey Diddle - DIDDLE (full poem below)


'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'
Jane Taylor, 1806 

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
‘Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,–
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.




'Hey, diddle, diddle'
By Mother Goose
The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes (2000)

Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 

 Click on the above image to be taken to an album of pictures to printed off for the tables.

This is great to allow people with language problems to fully participate. Also it offers a visual identification and recall opportunity. 



What does NASA stand for?
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

Where do space craft take off from in the USA?
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA

 

Where is 'Space Command'?

HOUSTON, TEXAS

What were the fleet of spacecraft which landed like an aeroplane called?
SPACE SHUTTLES

How many of them were there?
SIX (5 flew in space)

The first orbiter, 'Enterprise', made its maiden flight in 1977, on the back of a 747. It was an unpowered glider.
'Columbia' was the first space worthy orbiter and made its inaugural flight in 1981.
'Challenger', 'Discovery' and 'Atlantis' followed in 1983, 1984 and 1985 respectively.
In 1986, 'Challenger' was destroyed in an accident shortly after launch. 
'Endeavour' was built as Challenger's replacement, and was first launched in 1992.
In 2003, 'Columbia' was destroyed during re-entry, leaving just three remaining orbiters. 
'Discovery' completed its final flight on March 9, 2011, and 'Endeavour' completed its final flight on June 1, 2011. 
'Atlantis' completed the last ever Shuttle flight on July 21, 2011.

What is the name of the spacecraft which orbits the earth at between 205-270 miles above the surface?
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

How long has it been permanently crewed for?
SINCE NOVEMBER 2000

How fast does it travel through space?
17,100 MPH (That's 15.5 orbits a day or 92 minutes to circle the earth)

What is the name of the British Astronaut who was there from 15 December 2015 for 185 days?
TIM PEAK

Can people remember when the Apollo 11 moon landing took place?
20TH JULY, 1969

Who was the first person to step on the lunar surface?
NEIL ARMSTRONG

What was the name of the landing craft?
THE EAGLE (HAS LANDED)

What were Neil Armstrong's first words?
IT'S ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN; ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND

Who else walked on the moon?
BUZZ ALDRIN

Who flew the command module?
MICHAEL COLLINS

Can members remember where they were when watching this happen live on their black and white TV sets?

Does anyone believe the conspiracy theory that this never happened?

What was the name of the 1977 conspiracy film about fictional Mars landings, starring Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Sam Waterston and O. J. Simpson as the astronauts?
CAPRICORN ONE

What are the 9 Planets Of The Solar System?
MERCURY
VENUS
EARTH
MARS
JUPITER
SATURN
URANUS
NEPTUNE
PLUTO

Which of these planet names was a Disney character?
PLUTO

Whose pet dog was he?
MICKEY MOUSE

Which classical musician composed The Planets Suite?
GUSTAV HOLZT

What does U.F.O. stand for?
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT

What is the highly classified area in Nevada associated with U.F.O.s?
AREA 51

Do members believe in alien life?

 

What 'incident' refers to an alien autopsy being carried out in 1947?

THE ROSWELL INCIDENT

Who wrote 'The Time Machine', published in 1895?
H.G. WELLS

This futuristic dystopian vision had which species at odds with each other?
MORLOCKS & ELOI

 

He also wrote which 1897 book, about Martians landing on Earth?

WAR OF THE WORLDS

Who wrote 'The Day Of The Triffids', published in 1951?
JOHN WYNDHAM

What happens to most people on earth when there is a meteor shower in this sci to novel?
THEY WENT BLIND, THEN THE MOVING PLANTS BEGAN TO EAT THEM

Who starred in the 1978 version of the film, 'The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers'?
DONALD SUTHERLAND

What was the name of the underground living animal in the children’s TV show ‘The Clangers’?
SOUP DRAGON

 

Can anyone make any Clanger noises?

 

Which instant food product had aliens saying, "Earth people peel their own potatoes with their metal knives, boil them for twenty of their minutes, then smash them all to bits"

(Singalong) FOR MASH GET SMASH

What was the name of the popular 1980s computer game where you shot at alien craft before they landed?
SPACE INVADERS

Who is the physician who died last year, famous for his theory of black holes?
PROF STEPHEN HAWKING (Clue, he spoke using a computer)

Who hosted a TV programme about astronomy from 1957-2013 (772 episodes, which is a Guinness World Record for presenting)?
SIR PATRICK MOORE (Clue he wore a monocle and played the xylophone)


From this list, ask the questions. Then ask members to rate their Top 3 all time Sci Fi Movies.


'2001: A Space Odyssey', 1968
Director - Stanley Kubrick
Name of the computer - Hal

'Planet Of The Apes', 1968
Starring - Charlton Heston & Roddy McDowall
What famous American landmark was on the beach towards the end of the movie? - Statue Of Liberty

'Alien', 1975
Director - Ridley Scott
Cast - Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt & Ian Holm
Ship computer - Mother
Ask members if they remember the first Alien contact scene?

'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind', 1977
Director - Steven Spielberg
Starring - Richard Dreyfuss
Ask members if they remember the musical signal? Can anyone sing it?

'Star Wars', 1977
Which characters did the following actors play?
Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia
Harrison Ford - Hans Solo
Spaceship - Millennium Falcon
Arch enemy - Darth Vadar

'Star Trek The Movie', 1979
Starring whom and as what characters? - William Shatner (Cpt James T Kirk),
Leonard Nimoy (Spock), DeForest Kelley (Leonard 'Bones' McCoy), James Doohan (Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott), George Takei (Hikaru Sulu), Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) & Nichelle Nichols (Lt Uhura)
The name of the space ship was? - US Enterprise

What species was Spock? - Vulcan

'Bladerunner', 1982
Director - Ridley Scott
Starring - Harrison Ford
Rutger Hauer & Darrell Hannah were - Replicants

'ET The Extra Terrestrial', 1982
Director - Steven Spielberg
Children stars - Henry Thomas (Elliott) & Drew Barrymore (Gertie)
Catchphrase - "ET phone home!"
Do members remember the flying bicycles scene?

'The Terminator', 1984
Director - James Cameron
Starring - Arnold Swarzenneger
Who became politician where? - State Governor Of California 2003-11
Catchphrase - "I'll be back!"

'Back To The Future', 1985
Starring - Michael J Fox
As whom? - Marty McFly
How did he travel back in time? In a DeLorean car

'Jurrasic Park', 1993
Starring - Sam Neill, Ellie Sattler & Jeff Goldblum
Where did scientists get the DNA to recreate the dinosaurs?
MOSQUITO (BLOOD) TRAPPED IN AMBER
What event is said to have wiped the dinosaurs out?
ASTEROID (Chicxulub crater in Mexico - 66M YEARS AGO)

'Apollo 13', 1995
Directed by Ron Howard
Starring - Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon & Gary Sinise
TRUE OR FALSE There is more computer power in a first generation iPhone than there was in the Apollo mission? TRUE

'Independence Day', 1996
Starring - Will Smith, Bill Pullman & Jeff Goldblum
What day is Independence Day in the USA? 4TH JULY

 

 

 



Space Music Quiz

Spotify Playlist link here 
https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/7dDvLw6IFhOFojMYMFkyuW

Space music questions:


Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op 31 - Richard Strauss
This music was used in which film we mentioned earlier?
'2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY'

Space Oddity - David Bowie 
What year was this song released in? 
1969
What was his character with the lightning bolt across his face called?
ZIGGY STARDUST

Rocket Man - Elton John 
What is Elton's real name? REG DWIGHT
Who is he married to? DAVID FURNISH

Blue Moon - The Marcels 
What horror film character is said to come to life on a full moon? WEREWOLF
What 1981 film about a Werewolf was this song used in? AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
What was Frank's nickname? 
OLD BLUE EYES

Breathe - Pink Floyd
What album did this track come from? 
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Who was lead guitarist?
DAVE GILMOUR

Moon River - Audrey Hepburn. What film included this song? (Breakfast at Tiffany's)

Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonny Tyler
Can anyone remember where they were for the total eclipse of the sun on August 11th 1999? (11mins past 11am was the start of totality)

Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson Lake and Palmer
The classical and original version was by which composer?
AARON COPLAND 

Dr. Who - TV theme

Lets name the Doctors (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi & Jodie Whittaker)

Joe 90 - TV theme
Who produced this show?
GERRY ANDERSON

Captain Scarlet - TV theme
Who was the arch enemy? 
THE MYSTERONS

X Files - TV Theme
Name the investigators? 
FOX MULDER (DAVID DUCHOVNY) & DANA SCULLY (GILLIAN ANDERSON) 

Thunderbirds - TV Theme
What was the model that the children’s TV magazine show ‘Blue Peter’ guided viewers to make that was associated with ‘Thunderbirds’? 
TRACY ISLAND

Forever Autumn - Justin Hayward. Who was speaking at the beginning of the song? (Richard Burton)
Which album is this song from? 
JEFF WAYNE’S WAR OF THE WORLDS

Justin Hayward was lead singer of which group? - MOODY BLUES

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - The Carpenters
Who played the drums? 
KAREN

And piano?

RICHARD

I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper - Hot Gossip
Who was Sarah Brightman married to? 
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Star Trekkin - The Firm
Singalong
Can anyone remember the catchphrases in the song?

'THERE'S KLINGONS ON THE STARBOARD BOW'

'IT'S LIFE JIM, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT'

'IT'S WORSE THAN THAT, HE'S DEAD JIM'

'WE COME IN PEACE, SHOOT TO KILL'

'YA CANAE CHANGE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS'

Aquarius - The 5th Dimension
What are the 12 Signs Of The Zodiac?
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces
Does anyone believe in Astrology or read their stars? (Maybe read someone's stars out?)
Name the famous Astrologist who featured on BBC Breakfast Time?
RUSSELL GRANT

What musical does this song come from? HAIR

Venus and Mars - Wings
Who was Paul McCartney's wife? 
LINDA MCCARTNEY
What is she famous for today?
HER VEGETARIAN FOOD PRODUCTS

Starry Starry Night - Don McLean

'Starry Starry Night' was painted by? - Vincent Van Goch
Voyager 1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5, 1977 to study the outer Solar System. Apparently, on board there is a gold disc of sounds from the earth and an image of a man and woman holding their hands up in peace, in case alien contact is made. Also a diagram of Earth within the Solar System, so we can be found.
If you could send something into space to let aliens know what human life is all about, what would it be? (Someone in our group said 'David Attenborough's Life On Earth' DVD Series, which was a great suggestion)

Star Man - David Bowie
Richard Branson's 'Virgin Galactic' company is focused on sending tourists into space within the next couple of years (it's been pushed back a few times). Who would book a place if they could, and why?
 

 



ACTIVITY

Using black card and coloured chalk pens, draw a space picture - alien life force, the sun and moon, saturn and it's rings or whatever.
Or make models of flying saucers or aliens with modelling clay.
All for later display.

Give out space related sweets - flying saucers, space dust, Mars Bars, Galaxy chocolate & Milky Ways for refreshments.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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