Seniors and Art Therapy

dstricoff February 27th, 2013, 3:30 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Art therapy has such a positive effect on our seniors and we see the benefits every day. It gives many a way to express themselves and for others, it unleashes new talents. Some of our seniors have never had the time or opportunity; while others may have been intimidated to try. At the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center (www.vnsnychoice.org), the seniors feel comfortable trying something new–and the results have been amazing.      

Our Activities Coordinator is an art therapist and through her encouragement and creativity, art has flourished at the Center. Our seniors create beautiful artwork…

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Coming Home

smcternan August 17th, 2012, 10:43 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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After a long hospital stay any patient, any age is happy to go home. Children are most often deeply affected by long periods away from family and friends. Visitation on pediatric inpatient floors is often flexible but with limitations, for many reasons. Ultimately patient health and safety comes first so younger siblings may have very limited access. The patient can utilize technology to stay in touch which now has made the world of difference for many families, when this is accessible in the facility the patient resides and in their…

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Where Can Caregivers Get In-Home Activity Ideas – Try a Museum!

dstricoff February 13th, 2012, 3:54 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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We’re always looking for new and fresh ways to get our seniors involved.   Many of our participants love art or are developing a new interest in art.     For people with functional impairments, although we’re located so close to New York City, it can be difficult to get there to enjoy all the cultural opportunities.

We were very lucky to connect with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).   They have a wonderful program where they come to adult day centers and train staff on how to lead art related activities and discussions…

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The iPod Connection

dstricoff April 20th, 2011, 7:30 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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When working with people with dementia, you quickly realize that each person’s symptoms are quite unique. To reach each person in our program, we’re constantly trying new activities geared toward different cultures, levels of functioning and ways of understanding information. We strive to provide cognitive stimulation in a variety of ways in order to connect with our seniors and help them function to the best of their abilities.

This time of year lends itself to celebrating holidays in many creative ways. We often use things like  art, music and reminiscence therapy. In our dementia program,…

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Our Seniors “2nd” Home for the Holidays

dstricoff December 23rd, 2010, 12:33 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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We love to celebrate the holidays at our center and this time of year, it’s especially important to make the holidays festive for our seniors. This season can be difficult for them because they may be thinking about family living far away or loved ones they’ve lost. Our staff go all out decorating the center and spreading good cheer, as you can see on the attached photos…

Besides having parties for Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa, trimming trees and baking delicious holiday goodies, we get the seniors involved in making cards and…

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Internships at Adult Day Centers

dstricoff September 7th, 2010, 2:30 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Adult Day Centers are a treasure for students that want to learn about working with the elderly. Students are exposed to working directly with seniors, recreation therapy, nutrition and transportation services. At our adult day center, they can also see first hand as VNS CHOICE (http://www.vnschoice.org/) Nurse Consultants and Social Workers evaluate their members.   It is a unique opportunity to watch care coordination in action.

We are lucky to have nursing interns from St. Josephs College and Queensborough Community College, art therapy interns from NYU and Pratt, and Gerontology interns from LaGuardia…

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A Meaningful Gift…

dstricoff July 29th, 2010, 1:34 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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One of our participants has had a very ill daughter for many years. Over the years, her daughter has visited us at the center, enjoyed our entertainment, and always admired the jewelry that her mother made here. Our participant loves jewelry making and has made many necklaces for her daughter. It’s been so therapeutic for her to get involved in these art projects during these difficult years, and it was especially important to her to be able to give her daughter these gifts.

Sadly last week, her daughter passed away. She…

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People and Flowers are Blooming at the Day Center!

dstricoff February 2nd, 2010, 10:09 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Seniors are busy all day at our center. From the time they come in the morning to the time they go home, they’re engaged in activities and laughing their way through the day. Not only do we strive to keep seniors active here at the center, but we also want the positive, productive feelings and brain stimulation to continue at home.

To ensure that the good times continue to roll when people leave here, the Recreation Coordinator for our dementia program contacts caregivers to suggest and help plan activities for seniors at home.  Her…

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