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



Top 10 Senior Activity Blog Posts in 2017

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As we head into 2018, we thought we could share with you our top senior activity blog posts from 2017 to help you plan out new activities to incorporate into your program in the new year. Our friends over at notjustbingo.com help provide our customers with so many great ideas for their senior centers, nursing homes, assisted living communities and rehabilitation facilities. Let us know which ones were your favorites below!

Here are the Top 10 Most Popular Senior Activity Blog Posts of 2017!

  1. Quick Tips to Make Your Bingo Games More Fun – 7 ways to improve your Bingo games and get residents more excited to play!
  2. Activities to Add to Your Senior Program – 12 activity ideas that will appeal to a variety of your residents’ interests
  3. Valentine’s Day Party Games for Senior Residents – 6 themed games to spark fun Valentine’s Day memories
  4. National Nursing Home Week – Activity Themes – celebrate this special observance with some fun and creative themes
  5. Easter Activities for Senior Residents and Grandkids – bring grandparents and their grandkids closer together with these intergenerational Easter activities
  6. Halloween Party Games for Senior Residents – play some fun Halloween games at your senior facility
  7. Activities to Honor Our Veteran VIPs – plan some meaningful and eventful activities for your facility’s veterans
  8. Mother’s Day Activities for Senior Residents – 10 ways for your residents to celebrate Mother’s Day with their loved ones
  9. Sensory Stimulation Activities for Senior Residents – implement a few sensory stimulation activities to help keep residents calm
  10. Community Service Projects for Senior Residents – a list of 22 volunteer and community service projects for your residents

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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



10 Hobby Ideas for Senior Residents

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Celebrate National Hobby Month this January by creating several different hobby clubs for your residents to join. Here are 10 ideas from notjustbingo.com to give you inspiration.

1. Latch Hook  If you have a small group of residents who like to keep busy, provide latch hook kits and latch hooks for them to make a variety of projects like butterflies, flowers, or animals.

2. Singing – Organize a group of residents who enjoy singing to meet each week for sing-alongs. Play a variety of music for residents to sing to, like music from the 1950s, church hymns, or popular oldies.

3. Reading – Borrow books from your local library to place on a bookcase for residents to check out to read. Continue reading



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