Monthly Archives: April 2013

Olympiatrics or the Utah Golden Games

Bring the games back!  URTA is putting together the  Olympiatrics or the Utah Golden Games back together!  If you are interested in getting involved please contact them!
Do you remember the Olympiatrics or the Utah Golden Games? How much satisfaction and joy our residents got out of them!
If you do not remember this wonderful program, here is a brief overview:
The “Games” were put together by RT’s in long term, rehab centers, assisted living and other facilities as a yearly event to promote exercise, friendly competition and a healthy lifestyle in residents in various settings/age groups. We offered different categories to compete in which included, bowling, darts, basketball, golfing, horseshoes, kickball, volleyball,  bean bag toss, walk/wheelchair races and a fun dance competition. The residents would generally practice and train all year long and when the day finally arrived, we would all gather at a centralized location and hold the “Games”. It generally lasted all day. There was a small charge for each entrant, which covered the cost of T-shirts and medals/certificates. At the end of competition, the residents would receive 1st, 2nd and 3rdplace awards in each category.  Even if they didn’t win, each received a special certificate for participation, a T-shirt and a great time.
We are interested in starting the games up again and are willing to head the committee.
What we would need is a count of about how many facilities are interested, and how many would be willing to let us use equipment the day of the event. (Bowling sets, dart sets, golf clubs, and basketball hoops, etc.)
We also would love to have you on the committee! Help us bring back the games to our residents!
Please contact Jena VanBuskirk, 801-458-0363 or Amber Andreason, 801-425-0243 with questions, concerns and please let us know your thoughts!

Dementia Support Groups for Caregivers

At Neighborhood House we have OT interns who do amazing projects for us.  On of the interns put together this list of Dementia Support Groups for Caregivers.  I have given this to many family members who where so thankful for such a great list!




Phone Number


Available to:

Legacy Village of Layton

1205 N. Fairfield Rd.

Layton, UT 84040


Every other Tuesday 4:00 p.m.



Autumn Glow Senior Center

81 East Center Street

Kaysville, UT 84037


2nd Tuesday 3:30 p.m.

Caregivers & People with Dementia

Orchard Cove

485 E. 500 S.

Bountiful, UT 84010


Every Thursday 3:00 p.m.


Golden Years Senior Activity Center

726 S. 100 E.

Bountiful, UT 84010


3rd Tuesday 3:30 p.m.

Caregivers & People with Dementia

VA Nursing Home

700 Foothill Blvd.

SLC, UT 84107


1st Wednesday 2:00 p.m.


Silverado Senior Living

1430 E. 4500 S.

Holladay, UT 84107


1st Thursday 6:00 p.m.


Murray Memory Builders

855 E. 4800 S Ste. 100

Murray, UT 84107


2nd and 4th Wednesday 1:15 p.m.

Caregivers & People with Dementia

Canyon Creek assisted Living and Memory Care

7235 S. Union Park Ave

SLC, UT 84047


2nd Tuesday 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Senior Center Frontotemporal Dementia

9310 S. 1300 E.

Sandy, UT 84107


2nd Wednesday 10:00 a.m.


Carrington Court Assisted Living

1928 W. 9800 S.

South Jordan, UT 84095


3rd Thursday 6:30 p.m.





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Healthy and Real Simple

I use this site when compiling healthy and simple recipes for clients going home after their rehab stay.

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Kraft Recipes

This is the site I get quick and easy recipes from.

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Relaxation Scripts

I found this great site for relaxation scripts.  They have a great variety for stress management, anxiety, anger and pain.  I just adjusted them to my clientele.   

Inner Health Studio is all about coping skills and relaxation resources. Here you will find a variety of relaxation scripts and easy relaxation techniques that can help you learn to relax, understand and reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress, and improve your overall health by coping with stress more effectively. Quickly relieve stress with free relaxation scripts, audio and video downloads, mental health worksheets, and self-help techniques.

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Activity List

Which activities are on your activities calendar? Which activities are done as a one-to-one? Assess, gather information from residents, staff and family to see what new activities you can include to meet the needs of all your residents.
__ Aromatherapy
__ Art appreciation, art display
__ Art (intergenerational)
__ Art and drawing original
__ Beading
__ Bible readings/study
__ Bingo
__ Biographies of famous people
__ Board games
__ Book club
__ Bowling
__ Calligraphy
__ Card games
__ Ceramics
__ Clubs/organizations
__ Collages
__ Collections (display of)
__ Committees (e.g., decorations, welcoming, birthday, movie)
__ Community outings
__ Computer/ Ipad access/games
__ Cooking/baking/food prep
__ Contests
__ Crafts
__ Creative writing
__ Current events
__ Dance movement
__ Discussion groups
__ Drawing
__ Drumming
__ Educational topics
__ Entertainment
__ Games
__ Gardening outdoors
__ Guest speakers/lecturers
__ Hobbies (ask for specifics)
__ Holiday celebrations/observances
__ Independent activities
__ Indoor gardening/caring for plants
__ Inspirational
__ Intergenerational activities/visits
__ Jigsaw puzzles
__ Lectures (educational topics)
__ Letter writing
__ Meditation
__ Memory boxes
__ Memory classes
__ Mens’ group
__ Movies
__ Music for listening
__ Music – singing
__ Music related/musical games
__ Nature
__ Needlework
__ Origami
__ Painting
__ Parties
__ Pen pals/Postcard swap
__ Pet visitation
__ Photography
__ Physical exercise/sports
__ Play readings/acting
__ Poetry reading
__ Poetry writing
__ Quilting
__ Reading (Independent, group)
__ Reminiscing
__ Resident Council
__ Rosary
__ Scrapbooking
__ Sensory
__ (Sharing) personal experiences
__ Short story group
__ Social gatherings
__ Sorting, matching
__ Special events
__ Special interests
__ Spiritual/religious
__ Sports (active)
__ Sports (spectator)
__ Staff appreciation
__ Tai Chi
__ Talent show
__ Theme activities
__ Trivia
__ Visits (in-room)
__ Volunteer
__ Wii
__ Women’s Club
__ Woodworking / carpentry
__ Word games
__ Yoga
Jo Anne Harrison-Becker, MS
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National Nursing Home Week

National Nursing Home Week


National Nursing Home Week Activities

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