Fun Senior Activity Ideas for Activity Directors

Not Just Bingo goes "beyond bingo" to share helpful and fun senior activity ideas and organizational tips with busy activity directors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Expand your current monthly activity program to include easy-to-do activities that are fun, meaningful, and appropriate for your senior residents. Also, find helpful hints and ideas for activity directors that can make planning an activity that much easier.

Activity Calendars

Create an exciting environment for your senior residents by including fun activities that inspire, entertain, and delight your seniors. Find these ideas for activity directors and much more in the July activity calendar, the August activity calendar, and the September activity calendar.

July Activity Calendar

During July, coordinate fun clubs for your residents to join. For instance, start an Environmental Club to brainstorm ways that your facility can be greener (July 9), a Baking Club to stimulate your residents' senses (July 13), a Welcome Club to introduce your new residents to the community (July 10), and a Walking Club to encourage residents to get more exercise (July 30).

Don't forget to add in ice cream activities during this National Ice Cream Month. Create a variety of fun activities like Make Your Own Sundae Social on July 2, Ice Cream Makers on July 21, We All Scream For Ice Cream Social on July 21, Ice Cream Treats Social on July 22, Ice Cream Taste Testing Nightcap on July 27, and Milkshake Social on July 28.

August Activity Calendar

Celebrate the special and unique events that fall during August. For example, create a fun circus day for your residents during International Circus Week, which is August 1-7. On your circus day (see August 5), set up fun-filled circus activities like Clown Hats, where residents make their own hats, Clown School, where you teach residents how to do a few tricks, and Circus is in Town Social, in which residents have fun playing fun games and eating fun food.

Additionally, take advantage of Hawaii becoming the 50th state during the month of August by hosting fun Hawaiian activities like Hawaiian Breakfast (August 15), Crafts: Hawaiian Leis (August 21), Hawaiian Lunch (August 21), and Luau Social (August 21).

September Activity Calendar

In September, celebrate your residents during National Assisted Living Week (September 7-13). Create a fun-filled week with uniquely themed days like Athletic Day (September 8), Performing Arts Day (September 9), Harvest Day (September 10), Mystery Day (September 11), and Men's Day (September 12).

Remember to plan a fun event for your residents on Grandparents' Day (Sunday, September 7). Consider inviting the grandkids of your residents for a fun, intergenerational activity (Crafts: Family Picture Frames) and a delicious Grandparents' Day Brunch.

Men's Activity Calendar

Subscribe to to receive access to monthly activity calendars detailing exciting and fun senior activity ideas for the men of your facility. Take a look at the sample men's activity calendar to find out if can assist your senior activity program.

Dementia Activity Calendar

Subscribe to to acquire access to senior activity calendars each month that are designed specifically for dementia and Alzheimer's residents. Take a peek at the sample dementia activity calendar to determine if a subscription is right for your activity program.

Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar

Subscribe to and receive access to monthly calendars full of senior activity ideas that include weekly-themed activities. Look at the sample weekly-themed activity calendar to see if it meets your programming needs.

Articles & Resources

Learn more about activity planning for seniors by finding useful ideas that can help you balance creativity and organization. Watch participation in your activities soar by following a few tips from how-to articles, like How to Market Your Activity Program to Your Residents. Also, read over some frequently asked questions from activity directors to locate answers to some of your own questions. Finally, discover helpful online resources that can assist you with your monthly planning, like useful websites for crafts, recipes, and trivia.

How-to Articles

Ever wondered how to start a newsletter in your facility and have your residents do most of the work? Take a look at the how-to article How to Create a Resident-Run Newsletter in Your Facility.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a new activity director? Find solace in knowing that as a busy activity director, you are not alone. See what questions other activity directors have when it comes to maintaining a productive and busy senior activity program.

Activity Resources

Locate some of the best websites for making the tasks of activity directors that much easier. Find links and general information about helpful sites that can make planning a fun, senior activity a snap!

Activity Director Ideas Newsletter

Read interesting articles that detail fun, senior activity ideas for the month, including the Activity Idea of the Month, Creative Craft of the Month, and interesting ideas for your male residents as well as your dementia and Alzheimer's residents.