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.
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 December activity calendar, the January activity calendar, and the February activity calendar.
Plan activities this month that assist residents with reaching out to your community. For example, organize a gift donation in which residents, family members, and staff donate gifts to local needy kids (Angel Tree on December 14), or recruit the ladies of your facility to organize a coat and toy drive to collect unused coats and toys for the needy (Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project on December 16).
Additionally, appeal to the senses of your residents by including baking activities during this holiday season. For instance, invite residents to bake gingerbread cookies (Baking Club: Gingerbread Cookies on December 4), a holiday cake (Baking Club: Holiday Cake on December 15), eggnog cookies (Baking Club: Eggnog Cookies on December 24), and a tasty fruitcake (Baking Club: Fruitcake on December 27).
Have fun during this first month of the year by planning events that allow residents to get dressed up. For example, host a fun Snowflake Dinner (January 11) for residents and their family members to enjoy during this winter month. Coordinate with Dining Services to prepare and serve a delicious meal. Further, schedule an entertainer to perform for residents during a fun Snowflake Ball (January 28). Create invitations to pass out to residents asking them to dress up for the special event.
Don't forget to plan activities that correspond with the weather outdoors. For instance, host a fun Winter Olympics activity for residents to enjoy. In addition, schedule winter crafts throughout the month like snowmen (Crafts: Glove Snowmen on January 5), wreaths (Crafts: Snowflake Wreaths on January 2), and igloos (Crafts: Vellum Papier-Mâché Igloos on January 23).
Create fun activities for residents to make fun toys and games for their grandkids. For instance, invite residents to make items like pop-up cards (Crafts: Pop-up Books on February 6), easy toys (Inventor's Day Project on February 11), bottle rockets (Astronomy Social on February 15), and soapbox dragster (Crafts: Soapbox Dragsters on February 23).
In addition, add in activities to keep your residents warm and toasty during this cold, winter month. For example, host a Staying Warm Social on February 12, handing out warm drinks for residents to enjoy, or have a Snow Day on February 20, inviting residents to stay indoors to read a book on a cold, snowy day.
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