Activities for Older Americans Month – Engage at Every Age

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Have fun in May as you help your senior residents celebrate Older Americans Month. Throughout the month, schedule fun activities that coordinate with the 2018 theme “Engage at Every Age”, and provide opportunities for your residents to learn, share, volunteer, and celebrate.

Learn

Teach your residents something new during the month of May by planning educational activities. For instance, invite speakers into your facility to give talks during a Senior Lecture Series, or use adventure DVDs to take your residents on armchair travel adventures, right in your Activity Room.

As a weekly activity, pick a different skill or technique to teach your residents. For example teach the residents in your Baking Club about your technique for making lattice-crust pies, or teach your Pottery Club members the pinching technique for shaping clay pottery. Continue reading



Themed Activities for Men at Your Senior Living Facility

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Try entertaining the men in your senior facility this season with fun themed activities that allow them to bond with one another while doing the things that they enjoy. For instance, host themes that relate to activities that they used to participate in, like a Woodshop theme, Hunting Lodge theme, a Pub Night theme, a Casino Night theme.

Woodshop Theme

Get the men tinkering with their hands again by organizing fun woodworking projects for the men to complete each week. For instance, have the men assemble antique clocks, antique cars, or even the Eiffel Tower.

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Residents with Dementia 

Some of the men in your facility may need less hands-on activities and more reminiscing activities that still relate to woodworking or using tools to create something. Consider this new concept from Active Minds, which allows residents with denemtia to still gain a sense of achievement, without the limitation of putting pieces in the wrong place. Continue reading



How to Celebrate April Fool’s Day at Your Senior Facility

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Get your residents up and laughing this April Fools’ Day! Incorporate a few of these 12 activity ideas from notjustbingo in your facility on April 1st.

  1. Tell Jokes – Use a joke book to tell jokes and riddles to residents.
  2. Host a Comedy Show – Encourage your funny residents to participate in a comedy show where they can share their comedic talents and funny jokes with others. If needed, provide residents with comedy material to use.
  3. Play Pranks – As a fun one-on-one activity, recruit your resident to assist you with playing a few pranks on your co-workers, like turning up the volume or changing the mouse speed on their computers.
  4. Organize a Riddles Contest – At the beginning of each mealtime, ask residents a different riddle to see if they can solve it by the end of the meal. If residents enjoy the activity, consider making this a weekly event, like Riddle Mondays.
  5. Schedule an Intergenerational Game – Invite the grandkids to play a fun riddles game with your residents. Continue reading


National Nursing Home Week – Celebrating Life’s Stories Theme

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Celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week, with your residents during the weeklong event from May 13th-19th. Choose activities that fit the 2018 theme “Celebrating Life’s Stories” by featuring activities that help residents document, share, and create stories.

Documenting Stories

Invite residents to help document their life stories to share with their family members. As an activity, encourage residents to make tie-dyed journals for them to begin recording their stories that can be given to their children and grandchildren. For a less messy option, provide residents with kraft journals that they can decorate using crayons or markers. Continue reading



Opening Day Baseball Activities for Senior Residents

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Opening Day in Major League Baseball begins on March 29th, the earliest in league history, with all 30 teams playing on the same day. Get your residents back into the baseball spirit with a few of these fun ideas from notjustbingo.

Hitting Practice

Help residents improve their swing by scheduling a baseball hitting practice. Use plastic bats and foam baseballs or plastic Wiffle balls to see how far residents can hit a ball. Set up a target in the backyard to help measure distance. If going outside is not an option, simply toss inflated balloons in the air for residents to hit with pool noodles.

Grandkids T-Ball Game

Invite the grandkids over to play a fun T-ball game in your facility’s backyard. Set up a T-ball set for the kids to play. Pass out popcorn and Cracker Jack for residents to enjoy as they sit around the “field” to help cheer on the kids as the kids run the bases. Continue reading



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