Memories are Made of These

Memories are Made of These

by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS One of the easiest and most effective activities for the activity professional to conduct is reminiscing. Long term memories are a known strength in elders of all functional levels and for many, recalling experiences from the past is...
Empathetic Communication with Older Adults

Empathetic Communication with Older Adults

Empathetic Communication with the Older Adult by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS One of my responsibilities as a new activity assistant, way back when, was to run Reality Orientation groups.  I would gather a few memory impaired elders into a room, give out paper and...
A Wish to Honor the Spirit Within

A Wish to Honor the Spirit Within

A Wish to Honor the Spirit Within by Debbie Hommel, ACC/MC/EDU, CTRS      Active engagement is often the goal of many of the activities and interventions offered by the activity professional. Our program success is evaluated by how involved our elders become and the...