March’s Happy Times Café was filled with delightful food, spirited company served up with a “touch” of fun!
The dual theme for the Café for March was how to be present and provide meaningful moments through thoughtful touch and St. Patrick’s Day. Joan Marie from Healing Hands & Healing Hearts was our guest speaker. Joan lead us in interaction with one another as we gave hand massages to one another & also did an exercise to see if we could sense our partner’s hands over ours after we rubbed our hands vigorously to create friction while the other person’s eyes were closed. Thank You, Joan Marie, for providing us with lots of good information & also the valuable experience of us enjoying each other in the moment through conscience touch!
After we were all relaxed we decided to go outside for some Irish fun and search for hidden shamrocks to see who could spy and collect the most for a prize! Kind of like an Easter Egg hunt but with a St. Patrick’s themed twist!
This month we enjoyed mostly GREEN organic refreshments that included split pea soup, broccoli & snap peas for dipping ranch. Chips & salsa verde & crackers and olive hummus, YUM!! To stimulate our senses, we did a fun activity in which we put vegetable & fruit shaped squeeze balls in a box and then each person had to reach in and feel the item and see if they could correctly guess what item they had selected before pulling it out of the box.
At the end of the café, we gave out some forget me knots and few other door prizes for the winners of the games and activity. The next Café is Thursday, April 13th from 2p-4p and we will be celebrating spring & have a St. Patrick’s Day theme.
The Happy Times Cafe in Sacramento is a free social gathering for caregivers and family members with dementia. The Cafe brings everyone together in an accepting and non-judgmental environment. ApexCare staff, gerontology students, and community volunteers support family caregivers and their loved ones to make friends independently of one another.
The café has also been evolving rapidly as we have been seeing and increasing number of attendees who suffer from other conditions as well such as stroke or aphasia. We want everyone to know they are welcome! If you have questions if the café’ is a good social gathering to attend for you or someone you might know, please contact, April Carni, Community Relations Manager, ApexCare at (916) 924-9111
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Sacramento, CA, please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today 916-924-9111.
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