Across the USA Theme – State of South Dakota


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Recognize South Dakota – the Across the USA state theme for August – by providing your residents with activities that relate to the Mount Rushmore state, including Native Americans, the Black Hills, and a few local South Dakota events.

Native Americans

Since South Dakota has one of the largest Native American populations, with nine official tribes, provide activities throughout the month that educate your residents about Native American culture. For instance, as a one-on-one activity, schedule a personal Native American History Class for one of your residents using a social studies book that you and your resident can read together. If your resident is a bit crafty, however, start a two-person Beading Club for the two of you to use a bead starter kit to make beautiful Native American beads. Consider selling the finished beadwork at your next Crafts Fair.

south dakotaFor your larger groups, plan several fun Native American crafts, like a Dream Catcher Weaving activity, in which you assist residents with crafting their own dream catchers. Another crafting option is to involve the men in a fun Woodshop Class activity to have the men paint wooden canoes that can be given to their grandkids as summer gifts.

Additionally, teach residents a few Native American art techniques. For example, schedule Sand Art on your activity calendar to teach residents the art of sand painting. Use the images, glue, and colored sand that come in the kit to show residents how to create beautiful Native American-style art pieces. Furthermore, besides doing sand art, schedule a Native American Lacing Class to teach residents how to lace Native American mandalas. Continue reading

6 Afternoon Treats to Keep Residents Cool This Summer


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With summer at its hottest during July and August, be creative with how to keep your residents cool during the summer. Try out a few of these afternoon treat parties at your facility.

  1. Popsicle Run

Grab a box of small popsicles and go on a popsicle run through your facility, passing out popsicles to passersby. During the summer, consider having a themed popsicle run each week that’s features a different flavor, like grape, cherry, and lime.

  1. Snow-Cone Bar

Turn an area of your Activity Room into a snow-cone bar, and invite residents to stop by to sample the snow cones. Make the snow cones to order using snow-cone cups, snow-cone syrup, and crushed ice. If you have diabetic residents, use sugar-free syrup so that all your residents can enjoy. Continue reading

Fun 1950s Themed Activity Ideas for Senior Residents


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Planning a fun 1950s-themed party for your nursing home residents? Check below to find a few activity ideas from notjustbingo that you may want to add to your list of fun activities for the day.

1. Organize a Sock Hop: Encourage residents to dress up for a fun evening of dancing to music from the Fifties. If hiring an entertainer is not an option, just play a 1950s CD and invite residents to show you how to do the Twist, the Hand Jive, and the Bop.

2. Host a Marilyn Monroe Matinee: Set up the television area in your facility to run movies all day highlighting 1950s Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. Feature several of her classic funny movies like Some Like It Hot (1959), The Seven Year Itch (1955), and How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). Set up bags of popcorn for residents to help themselves as they stop in to watch the actress on the screen.

3. Reminisce About the Good Old Days: Get residents remembering the fun they had cruising in convertibles, growing-out their sideburns, and eating Pez candy. In fact, pass around a few Pez dispensers for residents to reminisce. To get the recollection flowing even more, show residents a DVD about the special events of the era or show a slower-paced DVD that allows residents to stop and recollect while watching the video. Continue reading

10 Patriotic Clubs for Seniors on Independence Day


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Independence Day is almost here, and it’s time to get your residents in the patriotic mood. Since each resident has different interests, here are 10 different club activities from to add to the day to make sure that you are meeting everyone’s needs.

1. Sewing Club

Invite your Sewing Club to work on a patriotic latch hook project in which members make several flag rugs that can be donated to a local military post or to military families.

2. Beading Club

Make it your Beading Club’s responsibility to make sure that there are enough patriotic necklaces to pass out to visitors on the Fourth. So get the Club started early with making bracelets or necklaces using patriotic beads and jewelry cording. Continue reading

Across the USA Theme – State of Montana


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Honor the great state of Montana in your senior facility in July as we honor a different state each month for the Across the USA monthly themes. Celebrate Montana, the fourth largest state in area, by highlighting its mountains, ranch farms, mining opportunities, and of course, that big beautiful sky.

state of montanaMountains

Montana, which is Spanish for mountains, contains mountain ranges that make up the northern part of the Rocky Mountains. With over 100 mountain ranges within its borders, Montana contains some of the country’s highest mountains and most beautiful river valleys. Throughout July, schedule a few mountain-themed activities for your residents. For instance, host an armchair travel session in which you showcase a Rocky Mountain DVD about the seasonal changes in the Rocky Mountains. In addition, highlight the valleys at the base of those mountains – known for their prime fishing locations – with a few fish-themed activities, like painting fish using a fish stain-a-frame kit or making fish art with a fish latch-hook kit. Continue reading

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