Dandelion Club activities that bring smiles to people's faces (Hokuryu-cho Council of Social Welfare)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

On Thursday, August 27, the "Dandelion Club" activity was held at the multi-purpose hall of COCOWA, a commercial revitalization facility in Hokuryu Town (10:00 - 14:00). On that day, 13 people participated freely.

COCOWA Multipurpose Hall

dandelion club

The Tanpopo Club is a project to support those who are able to work on their own so that they can live at home in good health, and is implemented by the town under contract with the Hokuryu-cho Council of Social Welfare.

Held twice a week, 10:00-14:00, in the Hokuryu-cho Wa district (Kokowa Multipurpose Hall, Thursdays) and the Hekisui district (Community Support Center, Wednesdays). Everyone gathers by themselves.

Activities include health exercises, music, recreation, and consultation, and there is no charge for use. There is no age limit and anyone is free to join.

DK ELDER SYSTEM, a comprehensive lifestyle function improvement device

The program enjoyed by everyone uses the DK ELDER SYSTEM, a comprehensive lifestyle functional improvement device from Dai-ichi Kosho Co. along with a large LCD screen, which is rented by the Council of Social Welfare.

progression program

The program is set to include "exercises, quizzes, tourist guides, dancing, towel exercises," etc.

Dr. Gobo of the program: If you can't do it well, it's okay! It is meaningful to challenge yourself. Let's enjoy moving our bodies as much as we can comfortably.

Let's enjoy and move your body!

Greetings from Masako Nakajima, instructor

Masako Nakajima, Instructor

Thank you all for coming out in this hot weather. This heat has caused many cases of heat stroke. Please take care to stay hydrated at home. In terms of corona countermeasures, let's work on increasing self-immunity by disinfecting, wearing masks, and taking nutritious food to improve our physical strength.

Well, we have some new programs entered today, so enjoy them! Let's begin!" He greeted cheerfully!

Exercises to the tune of "Tankobushi": Upper body and leg exercises

Gymnastics to the tune of Tankobushi
Arms forward.

Brain exercise for everyone

1. guess the season from the haiku's seasonal words

...Seasonal words "semi", "rice harvest", "locust"... What is the season?

Seasonal quiz

When is the rice harvest season?

2. guess the county seat

The capital of Tochigi Prefecture is "Utsunomiya City!"

3. chorus of children's song "Rabbit Rabbit

Everyone sings together, filling in the blanks of the lyrics.

Singing the children's song Rabbit Rabbit

うさぎうさぎ なにみてはねる
Lepus brachyurus lyoni (subspecies of Japanese hare)

Hydration time

4. sightseeing spot guidance by a Hato Bus bus guide

The "Otoko wa Tsuraiyo Course" Katsushika-Shibamata sightseeing guide. It is fun as if you were on a bus tour!

Men have it tough, course.

Bus tours guided by bus guides

Guided by a bus guide

Statue of Tora-san

Statue of Tora-san in Huten

Katsushika-Shibamata Teishakuten approach shopping street

Katsushika-Shibamata Teishakuten approach shopping street

Kusa-dango, a specialty

Specialty "Kusa Dango" (grass dumplings)

5. towel exercises

If you feel pain when you move your hand, please stop and take it easy," said Dr. Gobo.

towel exercises

Arm exercises using a towel
Lift your feet!

6. hanagasa ondo

Everyone danced Bon dance while singing Hanagasa Ondo!

Hanagasa Ondo

Bon dance hand choreography

Hydration time

Talk by Mirai Ohira, Public Health Nurse, Resident Division, Hokuryu Town Hall

Public Health Nurse Ohira

I will talk about preventing the spread of new coronary infections.
There are two routes of transmission of coronavirus: droplet transmission by sneezing or coughing, and contact transmission. Please note that the virus can be transmitted not only by bringing your hand to your mouth, but also by rubbing your nose or eye with your hand.

Influenza, like coronavirus, is also contagious. Please continue to wash your hands and gargle to prevent not only corona but also influenza. It is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating.

In addition, it is said that it takes 30 seconds to wash hands. Since the song "Donguri Korokoro" (Acorns Rolling) takes about 30 seconds, it is a good rule of thumb to do it while singing the song.

Donguri korokoro no uta

Also, when disinfecting with alcohol, be sure to use a large amount of alcohol disinfectant solution in the palm of your hand, as a small amount will not work.

Above all, to prevent infection, avoid the 3 densely packed "close, close, close" areas. Keep your distance from people, wear a mask, wash your hands, disinfect, and avoid crowds as much as possible.

Three Basics of Infection Prevention

This is about hydration. It is said that it takes about 20 minutes for water to enter the body and be absorbed. Therefore, please hydrate not only during and after exercise, but also 20 minutes before exercise. This will help prevent dehydration by allowing the body to absorb water during exercise.

In Hokuryu Town, there has not been a single case of new coronavirus infection yet, so we will continue to do our best to bring the situation to an end without any more cases of infection. I would like to ask for everyone's cooperation," said Ohira, a public health nurse.

7. darts game

Everyone quickly got the hang of it and had a great time playing.

Aiming at the dartboard!

Calm down and take your time!

With everyone cheering for me....
Nice form!
What is the total number of points?

8. brain training (using printouts)

Drills to Rejuvenate the Brain

Challenge 2 printouts of numbers, calculations, reading and writing Kanji characters, etc!

Everyone, brain training, let's try!

I'm sure you all have a good head start!

Head activation time!

Everyone is serious and having fun!

Seriously, think hard!

Story by Masako Nakajima

Thanks for the fun time!

The Tanpopo Club is a project commissioned by the Town of Hokuryu to the Hokuryu Council of Social Welfare.

Each time, we record the program content and the number of participants, and connect them to the public health nurse at the town hall when they have problems in their daily lives. We make sure to address and solve problems and issues in daily life.

In addition, once a month, a meeting is held between the Hokuryu Town Hall Resident Division staff, myself as a CSW contracted employee, and Sumiko Suzuki.

The edge of life (haza kaikki) comes at the ages of 60, 65, and 70, when we are no longer able to do the things we used to be able to do. I feel it is important to be aware of what we can do now, and to face ourselves with a firm grasp of what we can do.

I am always grateful for this project because I enjoy doing it myself. Exercising my body, exercising my mind by playing quizzes in a fun way, and chatting with others are all ways to prevent dementia.

I think the best thing is for everyone to be able to enjoy their retirement in Hokuryu Town," said Mr. Nakajima cheerfully and energetically.

For lunch, each of us purchased a box lunch at COCOWA and enjoyed lunch together. In the afternoon, volunteers gather to play a crazy game of diamonds!

Afternoon game!

Dandelion Club" activity to be held at COCOWA multipurpose space!

at COCOWA multipurpose hall!

We hope you will join us for the best relaxation time, exercising your body with gymnastics, exercising your mind with quizzes, chatting with friends, and having a good time, with endless love, gratitude and prayers.

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