Indoor Activity Ideas for Senior Residents

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Are your residents feeling “stuck” indoors during the cold or rainy weather? If your residents are bored or are suffering from cabin fever, create some fun activities that use their mind, their hands, and their creativity. Here are a few to test out today:

Mind:

To stimulate the mind, start off with matching games for residents to play, like a memory match game with real life images and thick foam pieces to make them easy to grasp. In addition, try out several new trivia games for your residents, like a Jingles and Taglines trivia game, a legends of the Old West trivia game, or a 1960s trivia game.

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Easy Ideas for Read Across America Day

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March 2nd is Read Across America Day!

Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day. Continue reading



How to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Your Senior Facility

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Even though Mardi Gras is not until the last day of February, there are a few supplies that you can begin gathering to make sure that you have a fun New Orleans-style celebration for your nursing home residents. Here are six supplies that you can grab right now:

1. Mardi Gras Beads – One way to get your residents into the Mardi Gras spirit is to pass out Mardi Gras beads for them to wear. Whether you are hosting a Mardi Gras lunch with po’ boy sandwiches and gumbo or leading a Mardi Gras parade through your facility’s hallways, Mardi Gras beads are an instant way to make the event more festive.

2. Mardi Gras Masks – Add in a bit of mystery to your Mardi Gras festivities with masks. Either provide plain masks for residents to decorate as a craft activity using feathers and beads, or provide ready-to-wear sequined masks for residents to wear at a fun masquerade party.

3. Noisemakers – If you decide to hire an entertainer for your Mardi Gras event, be sure to pass out instruments or noisemakers for residents to join in on the fun. Continue reading



6 Football Tailgate Party Ideas for Senior Residents

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Get your residents into the Super Bowl spirit on Super Bowl Sunday, which is on February 4th. Host a tailgate party for residents to enjoy. Set up fun tossing games throughout your facility for residents to play before the big game begins.

Cornhole: Teach residents how to play the popular backyard game of cornhole using cornhole boards and bean bags. Divide residents into teams and have each team try to toss their bean bags into their opponents’ cornhole board.

Ladder Toss: Play a game of ladder toss during your tailgate party by setting up the PVC ladders in your room and providing residents with bolos to toss onto the ladders. Award points to the teams whose bolos have remained on the ladders without falling off. Continue reading



How to Celebrate Groundhog Day at Your Senior Facility

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For Groundhog Day on February 2nd, treat your residents to fun and games in your Activity Room to celebrate six more weeks of winter!

1. Host a Punxsutawney Phil Breakfast

Arrange to have a special breakfast for residents, featuring all their favorites (items that they may not normally receive) like sunny-side-up eggs, blueberry waffles, and country ham. Encourage residents to dress-up for this special breakfast.

2. Make Sock Puppets With the Grandkids

Schedule an intergenerational activity for residents to make and decorate animal hand puppets with the grandkids. They can even work together to design a puppet theater and put on a show. Continue reading



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