There are several patriotic holidays and observances throughout the year that you can celebrate and recongize at your senior facility. Below are 6 patriotic symbols with activity ideas from notjustbingo.com for each.
Patriotic Holidays, Observances, & Days of Honor
Memorial Day – May 28th
D-Day – June 6th
Flag Day – June 14th
Armed Forces Day – June 30th
Independence Day – July 4th
Labor Day – September 3rd
Veterans Day – November 11th
1. Uncle Sam
Host an Uncle Sam Contest in which residents wear their red, white, and blue to dress like Uncle Sam. In fact, inspire your Activity Staff to wear their Uncle Sam attire for the event as well.
Print out and pass around pictures of military recruitment posters for World War II.
Reminisce about World War II rations and victory gardens that were implemented to help Uncle Sam win the war.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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.
Tell Jokes – Use a joke book to tell jokes and riddles to residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →