Activities

Passover 2017

passover

The holiday of Passover begins next Monday evening and continues through nightfall on April 18th. While some of the days are observed as holy, with certain limitations to work (low-profile days), our programming at ADS will continue uninterrupted with our regular daily schedule.

Our Curiosity Grows and Grows

We never stop learning about nature in our Garden Club. Each passing season brings a new discovery of different plants and new ways of interacting with nature. We learn by doing and observing – digging our hands in the earth to plant a seed, and recognizing the warmth of a flower and the smiles it brings once it blooms. We meet for Garden Club at least twice a month, often times more when there is nurturing to be done and harvests to reap!

Good Morning!

The morning is the most important time of the day at Adult Day Services. We take this time to build the structure for a positive day with a warm smile, fresh treats from the kitchen, and hot cup of coffee. We take the time, as a group, to greet everyone who arrives and to ask them about their day as well as to discuss family, friends, news, local events, and also to reminisce about days still fresh in our memories. We love watching fun videos on a wide range of subject matter – from tap dancing legends like Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Fred Astaire  to the latest Dancing With The Stars – as well as (re)discovering interesting tidbits from around the world. We begin our days like this every day, setting a tone for successful friendships and active engagement that carry us throughout until it’s time to wake up again the next morning.

Memories in the Making

For people living with dementia, a world grown confusing, overwhelming, and maybe even frightening has been comforted a little by a palette of watercolor paints and blank piece of paper. With the encouragement of a trained art facilitator, these artists glide their brushes on paper forming meaningful works of art. Participants in this program can feel a real sense of accomplishment and achievement while living with memory loss. The Adult Day Services program at Cedar Sinai Park utilizes The Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making (MIM) art program, to give people with dementia the ability to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories. The art becomes their voice.

Benefits of Memories in the Making® to those with Alzheimer’s disease

-Improves self esteem
-Serves as an outlet for emotions
-Increase attention span and focus
-Activates neurons
-Reduces isolation and provides opportunity to socialize
-Taps into pockets of memory that still exist
-Reconnects families

Through this experience, people with dementia are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory. These documented memories become powerful tools that reassure family and caregivers that the essence of the individual is still there.

Our trained and caring staff has been accredited as art facilitators in the Memories in the Making Program and have been using the materials and techniques with enthusiasm from many of our participant. Our participants are loving it!