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The Activity Year Book


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Introduction: Getting Started. 1. January - Twelfth Night; Winter; Burn's Night/St Andrew's Day; Animals in Winter. 2. February - When We Made Our Own Fun; Valentine's Day; Chinese New Year; Planting for Spring. 3. March - St David's Day; Houses and Homes; St Patrick and Ireland; The Equinox, Clocks and Time. 4. April - Easter: A Moveable Feast; Spring Cleaning; Birds, St. George. 5. May - May Day; May Ball; Whitsuntide; Folklore and Customs. 6. June - The Weather; Dog Days; The Stars and the Moon in June; Royal Ascot; Garden Party. 7. July - Sport; Weddings; Holidays and Honeymoons; Local Traditions. 8. August - Food, Glorious Food; Antiques; Pubs and Inns; Soaps. 9. September - Schooldays; Harvest Festival; What's in a Name?; Autumn; Newspapers and Current Affairs. 10. October - Healthy Body, Healthy Mind; Animals and Pets; Trafalgar Day; Halloween. 11. November - Bonfire Night; Rememberance Day; Colours; Famous Men and Women/St Andrew's Day. 12. December - Favourite T.V. and Radio Shows; The Local Flea Pit or Going to the Cinema; Musicals and Panto; Christmas Time; New Year and Calendars.

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Engaging activities for every important date in the calendar

About the Author

Anni Bowden has a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Salford University in Manchester, UK and worked for many years as an occupational therapist, helping a wide range of people whose humour and dignity have been an inspiration to her. She spent her working life in the beautiful High Peak of Derbyshire where she still lives. Nancy Lewthwaite graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada with a degree in Rehabilitation Medicine. She worked for over 30 years in a variety of settings as both a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist and became particularly interested in the area of cognitive stimulation. Nancy has served on a variety of steering committees related to projects with the elderly and was the recipient of the B.C.S.O.T. Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year award in 2001.


... there is a genuine air of spontaneity throughout: the co-authors, with many years of experience, have certainly brought a sense of purpose to their publication. The occasional joke also lightens the tone, which can often become quite earnest in other similar, somewhat duller but well-meaning collections... Highly recommended. -- Working with Older People, Stephen Weekes, Book Reviews Editor
For those NAPA members who are always on the search for activity ideas, here is a wonderful resource to dip into. The Activity Yearbook offers week by week themed activities that can be easily used by all members of the care staff team. From Valentine's Day quizzes to Bonfire Night word searches, the book is filled with fun activities relating to many of the important dates in the calendar, including those in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. They also encourage reminiscence and discussion around these events. The authors also give practical tips on how to run a group and organise activities effectively. -- NAPA Living Life, Sally Knocker
This resource has the potential to improve the quality of life and activity levels of older people in care and should be a must have for all care homes. There is certainly enough material in this book to last much longer than a year which makes it a valuable resource for activity organisers/carers in residential or day services for older people. -- COTSS PLD, Pauline Peacock Specialist Occupational Therapist
I enthusiastically recommend this Week by Week Guide for Use in Elderly Day and Residential Care to all who work in such settings or anyone who leads a Church or Community Centre group for a fun session...The activities suggested in this book are designed to help group leaders provide this beneficial stimulus and encourage them to use their own imaginations to adapt, to develop extra activities and themes. -- Plus Quarterly Magazine of Christian Council on Ageing
You may think this book's a bit pricey but it's a treasure trove of ideas and would be well worth the outlay for any care home. It is packed with activities of all sorts and I heartily recommend it. -- Standards for Practice
The Activity Year Book is for care staff looking after older people who have some degree of dementia, and offers a range of activity ideas key to keeping them engaged and stimulated.. .A fine survey packed with fun ideas. -- The Midwest Book Review

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