Is there ever a down time for activities? Do you host a family picnic or ice cream social at your place of work? Participate in a local parade? Go on extra outings that are outdoors? Remember to keep your residents and clients hydrated and use lots of sunscreen. Many medicines cause residents to burn quicker in the sunshine. Summer is a time to encourage residents to hydrate with water, popsicles, patio parties, "lemonade & laugh" groups, and of course eating and drinking ice cream in all its various forms.
We will be gathering for our summer MAPA Lunch & Learn at Walker Methodist Health Center. Katie Roberg from the Alzheimer's Association will be teaching us how to effectively communicate with people that have dementia using special strategies. Come prepared to learn! I would like to thank our friends from Meadowood Shores in New Brighton for hosting our April session. They served such a wonderful lunch as well. We couldn't hold MAPA sessions without volunteers stepping up and offering their site. Thank you! See you all soon, have a safe and relaxing summer.
Renee McHugh, ADC