David L. Mainwaring’s Alzheimer’s blogs.

Alzheimer’s Day Care at Night guide to establishing Evening-Daycare. Promoting the establishment of new programs. Carers often experience chronic sleep deprivation. At the onset of nighttime. The demons of anxiety, anger, fear, hallucinations and paranoia come out. Night time can be unpredictable, up and down cycles. A DCN provides a place where Alzheimer’s DayCare-at-Night programs offer activities to those who need supervised care. Those enrolled can enjoy daycare activities offered in evenings or over night..https://alzdaycareatnight.wordpress.com

Alzheimer’s Cafes Worldwide
Cafes come by a number of names, Memory Cafes, Alzheimer’s Cafes, Dementia Cafes. In the UK many have been in existence for several years. Currently the concept is gaining momentum and hundreds of memory cafes sprouting up everywhere. The concept is to provide a social occasion, a meetup, for anyone with dementia / Alzheimer’s, their care givers and family. They are informal and generally free. Activities vary. Support and funding depends on the host-provider and contributions. google for “Ish’s, Ishmael’s, Knowledge Network blogs, web sites, groups”

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How to never loose work in Apache OpenOffice

Ideas, thoughts and Free Software

I don’t usually write tutorials in this blog, but since being on the Apache OpenOffice mailing list I think this is something that is commonly addressed. This and file-type configuration. So I think that doing a couple of tutorials on these topics could be a good personal refference for the mailing list.

So here is the tip on how to never loose work in Apache OpenOffice:

  1. Configure auto-Recovery, this will set the option to handle a timer in which the file would be saved periodically.
  2. Enable backup copies.
  3. Enable document properties without saving.

Is important to understand that our biggest enemy on loosing information is ourselves, so we need to fight to future self from ruining our job. Our somewhat lazy practices like forgetting to do regular saves or never save on startup or even, never worry about insertring properties on documents might be some of the reasons to loose…

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Activites for in-home caregivers

  1. Best Alzheimer’s Products Offers this observation

    One concern of many caregivers is that some of the recommended activities for people with Alzheimer’s are demeaning to the patient.

    Alison Mahoney addresses this concern in a study published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. She maintains that, “stage-appropriate activities do not demean dementia patients when caregivers present play as a legitimate recreation and create a sense of fun and interest.”

  2. Participate in Activities at Local Senior Centers
    senior centers and adult day care is becoming increasingly more common. This is a good opportunity for both of you. For your patient, he can take part in planned activities and interact with others his age. For you, it can give you a break and some free time. There is so much that an Alzheimer’s patient can do.
  3. Toys for Alzheimer’s patients should be considered as a part of a complete care program unless they are objected to by the patient herself.
  4. Tangle Therapy
    sized to fit in the palm and is designed to provide a one of a kind feel and action. Manipulating the Tangle relieves minor stress, improves range of hand motion, restores motion of joints, improves muscle performance, strengthens finger muscles, rehabilitates hand muscles and joints. Tangle®Therapy is appropriate for people in all stages
  5. Walking Blog with Wendy Bumgardner
    Walking Helps Aging Brains: needed for walking helped keep the brain better organized.
  6. taking a drive,
  7. doing housework
  8. Pop Popcorn In A Pan
  9. looking at pictures or magazines
  10. watching movies,
  11. baking cookies,
  12. listening to music,
  13. carve” a magnetic pumpkin, who happily haunts your fridge.
    The removable features make face-lifts easy.
  14. singing
  15. dancing
  16. Go Fish For 2 players. Go Fish is a set collection game in which players try to gather sets of four cards of the same rank by asking other players for cards they might have.
  17. Spoons For 3 to 13 players. Spoons is a clever card game that can be played by children and adults together. This card game also goes by the names Pig and Tongue, and spoons are not necessary to play those versions of the game.
  18. “Guess Who?” is a game for two players
  19. Old Maid For 3 to 8 players. Old Maid is part of a family of card games known as “scapegoat” games. In scapegoat games, the goal is to avoid having a particular card or cards.
  20. Snap For 2 to 12 players. Snap is a matching game, often played with custom decks specifically designed for the game. These rules are for playing Snap with a standard deck of cards.
  21. Slamwich A variation of the classic game Slap Jack, Slamwich is played with a deck of cards shaped like slices of bread. Each card depicts a sandwich ingredient. After the cards are dealt, players take turns putting one of their cards face up on a center stack. If the same ingredient is turned up twice in a row, or with only one other card between them, the first player to slam the deck wins the whole pile. Cards depicting a thief require that you slap the deck while yelling, “Stop, thief!”
  22. Bananagrams Bananagrams, the 2009 Game of the Year,
  23. Monopoly Junior Games for children should be short in duration to fit their attention spans,
  24. Making bead jewelry
    perfect project completed project takes an hour or less.
  25. cribbage and backgammon.
  26. gluing paper beads
    incorporate paper crafting into your jewelry repertoire. The materials are easy to find and the technique is simple
  27. goofy “kid games” like Jenga and Don’t Spill the Beans can be fun
  28. Lost Cities (short, easy game)
  29. Handmade -Paper
    By Kate Pullen, About.com Guide for Rubber Stamping Projects Invitations Handmade Card
  30. Get some dwarf fruit trees, plant in a pot and water and tend to
  31. ciality paper
    available and these can be a great way to add texture and interest to a rubber stamping, scrapbooking or other papercraft projects.
  32. two-person game is Pente.
  33. Some individuals really enjoyed scrap booking.
  34. The game Battleship (also known as Battleships) is a guessing game played by two people. It is known throughout the world as a pencil and paper game
  35. Xmas ornaments
  36. Chinese checkers
    (alternative spelling Chinese chequers) is a board game that can be played by two
  37. a board with three pegs on it, and three rope circles, and its a homemade toss game
  38. etch a sketch
  39. using a brush to cover a sheet of card with coloured paint, cut the painted card into strips and laminate.
    The resulting bookmarks are a quick and easy way to boost self esteem
  40. Isola is a two-player abstract strategy board game.
    It is played on a 6×8 board
  41. Ghosts (Finnish: Kummituspeli, Swedish: Spökspelet)
    is a board game designed by Alex Randolph for two players, released in 1982 by Milton Bradley.
  42. Guess Who?
    a two-player guessing game created by Ora and Theo Coster, also known as Theora Design
  43. As handmade paper
    is typically more expensive than other craft papers an economical way to use it is just as a feature on a project, adding decoration and texture rather than using it to make an entire project.
  44. Making a Folded Box for Stamping Projects
  45. board game named “Carcassonne,
  46. Paper Flowers paper flowers are fun to make and can be customized with rubber stamps.
  47. Pencil Holder
    recycle old food packaging into useful pencil holders. A great way to use up odds and ends of paper
  48. Air Dry Clay Ornament – use air dry clay
  49. The Memory Magic™ Program,
    a comprehensive therapeutic intervention, uses Montessori principles with a person-centered approach.
  50. sort a deck of cards into colors and suits instead
  51. pet therapy
  52. relaxation, and structured sessions combining meditation, relaxation, sensory awareness and guided imagery beneficial form of therapy for people with Alzheimer’s is a therapy garden
  53. household chores,
    let person fold some laundry
  54. Discuss the newspaper or reminisce about old photos
  55. wash dishes
  56. Go for walks in the neighborhood, go for a drive, or spend time at a park.
  57. Activity blankets or fidget aprons,
    also called Activity Aprons that a low functioning senior can keep on their lap, that has many activities for their hands like strings to tie or braid, buttons to open and close, etc, are good to keep them occupied for a time and keep the hands and fingers nimble
  58. Memory Circles
    This Memory Activity is appropriate for people in early, middle and late stages
  59. Memory Jogging Puzzles
    encourage problem solving, like word search, sudoku and crosswords.
  60. Book Making
    go through different magazines and look for a specific item. Examples: birds,ladies,babies, cats, dogs, food, cars etc. then cut the items out and make “books”.
  61. Simplify old hobbies.
    For those who liked to knit, try a simpler pattern. If they enjoy crossword puzzles, try a jigsaw puzzle with large pieces.
  62. Find the inner artist.
    Paint with watercolors, draw with crayons. People with Alzheimer’s may not judge themselves as harshly as they once did, so they may finally free their inner artists.
  63. Participate in a yoga or tai chi class at your local community center.
    Simplify by picking only a couple of moves to try, or watch a yoga tape together.
  64. Write down family stories.
    Keep a book of the memories your loved one has related, and ask her to read it to the grandchildren.
  65. Give her dolls with zippers and buttons to play with or soft teddy bears, textured cloth, or fur to stroke.
  66. A fish tank or a window in front of a bird feeder may interest someone for hours.
  67. Plant seeds indoors or outdoors
  68. Cut pictures out of greeting cards or magazines
  69. Play dominoes
  70. Bake homemade bread
  71. Play with tops or jacks
  72. Write a poem together
  73. String Cheerios® to hang outside for birds
  74. Look at a map of the United States and identify states and capitals
  75. Play horseshoes
  76. Write a letter to a friend or family member
  77. Pop popcorn
  78. Make paper butterflies
  79. Finish famous sayings
  80. Model with play dough
  81. Arrange fresh flowers
  82. Recite nursery rhymes
  83. Roll yarn into a ball
  84. Trace and cut out autumn leaves
  85. Ask the person to show you how to knit or sew (or another favorite hobby)
  86. Make a picture frame our of popsicle sticks and glitt
  87. Play a musical instrument
  88. Ask the person about his or her favorite pet
  89. Read aloud and use visual aids
    such as memory poems, family pictures, or stories about “the days gone by” stimulate reminiscences. Ideas include Chicken Soup for the Soul series and Yesterdays by NaDezan, and other short stories
  90. sorting small, colorful pom-poms and placing them into the painted compartments of an ice-cube tray that match them
  91. work with a screwdriver,
    concentrating on driving screws into four holes that have been drilled in a smooth piece of wood
  92. Sadie
    places pegs of graduated sizes into their respective holes in a long wooden block.
  93. putting together simple two-piece puzzles made from magazine photos
    that have been cut out and laminated
  94. using a plastic ice cream scoop to remove painted golf balls from a bowl and place them into the color-matched wells of a muffin tin
  95. the memory skills of the game Concentration with boards like those used in a game of bingo
  96. Finger painting, playing marbles
  97. keep busy and engaged with repetitive seasonal activities.
  98. Set the person to work stringing garlands.
    All you need is a long heavy thread and a darning needle. Try stringing cranberries, popcorn, even O-shaped cereal (Fruit Loops are cheerfully colorful).
  99. Make pomanders. Clove-studded oranges
    to hang or display in a bowl
  100. Make cookies.
    Make Someone famous for cookies may miss the kitchen activity.
  101. Ball Roll The object is to roll a colorful ball across the table to each other.
  102. *Hand Massages-cutting,filing, and polishing nails
  103. Ask trivia questions
  104. games like tic tac toe, checkers
  105. Tai-Chi, Bean Bag Exercises
    seems to appeal to older people; birdfeeders of every kind, and make it a daily task to fill the feeders, supply the suet, and keep an eye out for old and new friends on the perches.
  107. E-MAIL Emailing friends and relatives you haven’t been in touch with
  108. reconnecting with friends they haven’t had much time for in the past.
    get together for weekly dinners or card games, monthly heater dates or classes. Old friends are great to reminisce with, but new friends offer an uncharted horizon full of possibilities.


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Motion/People Sensors | transmitting to wireless receivers and pagers

  • Wireless Infrared Pager Alarm Product # WP1261Great for out-of-room monitoring. Motion sensor detects movement and activates the wireless pager to inform the caregiver once the alarm has been activated. can be set to off, chime, The infrared motion detector in the room with the patient will be silent, The receiver (pager) can be set to low or high volume with a range of up to 100 feet depending on the building layout. Pager/receiver is compact so it can be hung from a waistband or carried in a pocket. Sensor can be placed next to the bed, above door, next to stairway or just about anywhere. As soon as a hand, foot, or head crosses through the invisible beam, the alarm triggers.
  • Dakota Alert WR3000The WR-3000 is the receiver for the WRH-3000 system. The WR-3000 plugs in to a standard wall outlet and can be placed on a table or mounted on the wall. When the receiver gets a signal from the transmitter, one of 4 different tones (Classical, Westminster Chime, Ding Dong, Whistle) will sound for a few seconds. There is also a volume control so you can set the sound to the desired level. The receiver is also equipped with 4 form “C” relays (one for each zone) and one J 2 VDC output terminal that will activate for several seconds when a signal is received. The receiver can be user programmed so the 12VDC terminal and one relay will activate for 1 to 10 minutes if this is desired. The tones will still sound for several seconds.
  • Dakota Alert Manufacturer No: PR3000.WPR3000 Pager will receive a signal from any of the Dakota Transmitters. Clip the pager/receiver on your belt or carry it in your pocket. Choose from audible alarm or vibrating paging. The rechargeable battery and battery charger are included.
  • Dakota Alert WMA3000 This system is the ultimate in PIR wireless systems, with an incredible range of 600′. it will send a wireless signal back to the receiver, which will then emit a pleasant chime sound, The transmitter uses a passive infrared (PIR) beam to detect out to about 80 feet then send a radio signal back to the WR-3000 receiver up to 600 feet away*. The transmitter is weatherproof. Up to 4 zones can be monitored with additional transmitters. The transmitters can be programmed so they will each sound a different tone at the receiver. Receiver: The Dakota WR3000 is the Receiver for this system. It includes an on/off switch, volume control, and four different chime sounds to choose from.
  • Model Number: DKIR3000 Manufacturer: Dakota Alert IR3000The Dakota Alert WIR3000 indoor PIR motion detector is compatible with all transmitters and receivers in the Dakota 3000 Series. The passive infrared detector is able to monitor an area up to 100 degrees wide. This can be narrowed down to 20 degrees from right to left, up to 80 degrees, and up and down up to 50 degrees. There are also three different sensitivity settings, allowing detection of a person up to 12, 25 or 40 feet away.
  • DKIR3000 Dakota Alert The Dakota Alert WIR3000 indoor PIR motion detector is compatible with all transmitters and receivers in the Dakota 3000 Series, and also has a range of up to 600’*.
  • 900 MHz transmitting braceletssends continuous signals to Trusty Bip and can be worn by a patient without hassle. When he leaves TRUSTY BIP’s operating range, or the place where he is supposed to be (home, hospital etc) the signal is no longer received, and the patient’s name is displayed on the display, along with his position and any additional information which can be user configured. At this point, personnel or family members can promptly intervene in the patient’s rescue. The “Patient Locator” feature allows to locate the exact position of the person under surveillance, and along with the “Call Waiting” function, which can manage more alerts at the same time, and a historical record, allows you to have a full history of your patient’s whereabouts.Transmitting bracelet on wrist How it works The transmitting bracelet (which can be worn around wrist or ankle, and locked to avoid loss) sends a signal every 10 seconds. If this signal is not received for at least 3 minutes, Trusty Bip’s alarm will go off.
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  • Wireless Wander Alarm monitors the movement of Alzheimer’s or dementia patients. system has two components: a motion detector and a wireless remote alarm. Place the motion detector near the doorway (mounting tape supplied) and turn it on. When someone wanders within 15′ of the detector, a signal is sent to the alarm. The alarm sounds, alerting caregiver The transmitter doesn’t sound, eliminating the risk of resident becoming agitated. Select one of three alarm tones: musical, bell, or siren. Alarm continues to sound for 2 seconds, 30 seconds, or 1 minute after last motion detected. The alarm receiver can be as close as an inch to the motion detector/transmitter or up to 120 feet away. Set receiver down or carry it with you. The detector plugs directly into an outlet or can use a 9V battery (sold separately). Remote alarm receiver uses 3 AA batteries (sold separately). Not for outdoor use. Alarm receiver can be as close as an inch to the motion detector/transmitter or up to 120 feet away
  • Departure Alert Door stripmounts easily to any crucial doorway or exit to alert you when any resident wearing a wristband (not included) attempts to depart. Simply hang the Departure Alert above the door and plug it in-,no set-up required! When the resident wanders too close, an audible and visual alert sounds. Only the caregiver can silence the alarm using the caregiver key or order optional Wireless Keypad. Optional Central Monitoring Unit sounds alarm station by displaying both the doorway location and the resident that set off the alarm.
  • Love Connection®Monitors enable the care giver to closely monitor individuals without having to be in the same room.remote monitor allows the caregiver to venture outside the home and work in the garden while monitoring an individual almdiagramt2.gif
  • Voice Alert 6 Wireless Annunciation System Voice Alert System-6annunciation system featuring wireless PIR sensors transmitters and a remote receiver/speaker base unit. Users record their own alert messages and are then notified with their own voice message when activity in a monitored is detected.
  • Wireless Wander Alarm ” a sensitive discrete monitor. you can detect movement of a person from a bed, chair, room or doorway with this sensitive discreet monitor.Chime can be set to sound at the monitor or send a signal to the small receiver that can be mounted or placed up to 100 feet away. The chiming unit takes one 9V transistor battery and the door switch takes a specialty battery, model A23.
  • Bed Pad with Wireless Remote Alarm 0197 Place this pad underneath your loved one in bed and set the alarm. The second they get up, an alarm will sound both at bedside and at the remote alarm location (typically located in the caregiver’s room).Signal Transmission, Receiver to Transmitter range: 100 ft.
  • PIR bed alarm for restless patients that move around in bed. Eliminates sensor pads that can get wet and have cords that get tangled. When activated, the PIR Alarm transmits an invisible beam down the entire length of the bedside. Unlike weigh triggered sensor pads or cord activated pull cord alarms, the alarm sounds when any part of the patients body moves through the infrared beam. The alarm comes with an on/off switch and can be set of either a chime or alarm sound. When activated, the PIR Alarm will sound for 30 seconds and then automatically reset itself. Magnetic mounting bracket easily attaches to metal bed frame.
  • DCT ASSOCIATES PTY LTD Bed and Chair Occupancy Monitor.uses two alarm components. A pressure mat is located in the bed where the person normally sits or lays. This pressure mat is cabled to an alarm unit. Variations to the alarm include: The use of a radio linked alarm for use in the home environment
  • Floor Mat with Wireless Remote Alarm 0196Floor Mat with Wireless Remote Alarm For patients at risk of wandering or falling, caregivers need to be alerted immediately of any attempt to get out of bed or out the door. Place this floor mat next to the bed or en route to any area that you want to monitor for unauthorized activity. When the floor mat is stepped on, the alarm will sound at both the mat and at the remote alarm location (typically in the caregiver’s room). Alarm at the floor mat can be sile
  • Fall Alarm Monitors Bed Sensor Pads, Chair Sensor Pads, Weight-Sensing Floor Mats, and Early Warning Seatbelts
  • Alarm – Motion Sensor with TelephoneMade for caregiver who needs to know of someone getting out of bed or any room. Calls telephone (after programming) with different telephone number, including caregiver, family member or neighbor. Locate telephone near bedside with motion sensor in telephone base aiming down the edge of bed or near door where motion sensor picks up body movement
  • Alarm – Bed Sensor Sheet Under Mattress SystemMade one who leaves bed during sleep time. Alerts caregiver in or near room of movement getting out of bed. Air sheet under mattress stays out of sight.
  • Alarm – Motion Sensor with Local PagerMade for one who wanders from Alzheimers or dementia. Alerts caregiver with Local Pager/reciever. Ideal for bedside or bedroom door.

Push a Button, summon local help or dial a number


Watch Call Button For Emergency Calls For Seniors/Elderly, Those Living Alone

You can now call for help with a wireless emergency panic button built into a real working watch.


entry-level Wireless Nurse Call System is great for your smaller facility of 2-20 residents.

Visonic Technologies

Alert Notification Options that automatically delivers the correct patient call,

24hrs-a-day to the right medical responder no matter where the caregiver happens to be.

WithoutBoundaries Storefront system comes with two Caregiver Call Buttons and one Caregiver Pager with 300 ft. range.

Pager has an audible alarm, and is small enough to be carried in a pocket or clipped to a belt A call button may be mounted on the headboard of a bed or worn as a pendant around the neck — or even attached to the wall in the bathroom. The Pager/Receiver has two alert settings

healthandcare.co.uk Wireless PIR With Pager & Help Call Buttons

The RCG-04 is a simple to use kit comprising of 2 x call button transmitters with neck-cord attachment, 1 x caregiver alarm pager and 1 x battery operated PIR. A press of the call button will raise an alarm to the pager with an operating range in excess of 100 Metres. The battery powered PIR with on/off switch and wall fixing bracket provides a quick and reliable method of detecting a person leaving their bed (fixed at low level aiming up the side of a bed) or approaching a door to leave the building. The PIR can be switched on at night when going to bed, should a person walk into the detection beam the pager will respond.

Verizon V400AM-1 features easy to read display, for the visually impaired, and enhanced acoustics for the hearing impaired. The V400AM-1 offers piece of mind with one touch dialing, available for programming emergency numbers on the base and handset.

BIG RED Emergency Button big_red_stick_bat.gif (16706 bytes) place BIG RED button  in the rooms you most frequent. In an emergency, push the BIG RED button, holding it down for 4 seconds. It will send a RF (radio frequency) signal to the main console, which will trigger an alarm — the lights flash, the siren sounds, and it calls ORCA’s monitoring station for emergency help (if you have an Monitored system). All BIG REDs are wireless, battery operated, and mountable to almost any surface. . Requires any X10 Security Transceiver – Sold with transceivers or base stations included in security kits like Protector plus (DS7000)

Guardian Alert 911 Talk directly to a 911 emergency operator at the push of a button.

DesignTech’s Guardian Alert 911™ requires no monthly subscription or service fee. Guardian Alert 911 works just like a cordless phone on any standard phone line with 911 service and tone dialing. Guardian Alert 911 can be comfortably worn around the neck, clipped on a belt, or carried in a pocket at all times. Great for babysitters, woodworkers, diabetics, singles and senior citizens. The Battery Backup should be considered for this device so that it will operate during a power outage. No monthly fees


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