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 April activity calendar, the May activity calendar, and the June activity calendar.

April Activity Calendar

During April, incorporate fun games into your activity program for residents to enjoy. For example, host a fun Scrabble Tournament Social on the birthday of Scrabble inventor Alfred Butts (April 13), invite residents to play an Occupational Game to learn the former occupations of other residents during Explore Your Career Options Week (April 11), and play a fun game of Truth or Dare on National Honesty Day (April 30).

Furthermore, provide fun tactile activities that will appeal to your residents' senses. Consider creating fun baking activities throughout this National Pecan Month like Baking Club: Pretzel Turtles on April 4, Baking Club: Sugar-Coated Pecans on April 8, and Baking Club: Pecan Pie Bars on April 18.

May Activity Calendar

Use your facility's resources to coordinate health seminars for your residents. For example, invite your facility's nurse during National Nurse's Week to talk to your residents about arthritis remedies during this Arthritis Awareness Month (Nurse's Notes on May 9), invite an eye doctor to your facility to give eye exams to residents during this Healthy Vision Month (Eye Exam on May 13), set up a health fair for women involving local county officials during this Women's Health Care Month (Women's Health Fair on May 23), or invite a speaker to talk to your residents about osteoporosis during this National Osteoporosis Prevention Month (Speaker Series on May 29).

In addition, throughout May coordinate activities that stimulate your residents' senses. For instance, coordinate Baking Club activities for residents, like inviting residents to bake French Breakfast Puffs to serve at an European armchair travel activity (Baking Club: French Breakfast Puffs on May 9) or encouraging residents to bake an apple pie for a neighbor social (Baking Club: Apple Pie on May 21).

June Activity Calendar

Throughout June, incorporate fun and unique activity ideas that correspond with interesting observances of the month. For instance, recognize the start of hurricane season on June 1st by hosting a tropical social for your residents (Hurricane Season Opener Social), celebrate the Belmont Stakes horse race on June 7th by hosting a fun derby for residents to "bet" on their favorite horses in the race (Belmont Stakes Derby), or host a fun pool party for your residents on June 21, the first day of summer (Pool Party).

Additionally, persuade residents to get creative as they work on fun, summertime arts and crafts projects. For example, celebrate the summer by showing residents how to make hot air balloons to hang as decoration throughout your facility (Crafts: Hot Air Balloons on June 5), how to create "beachy" fish using sand and seashells (Crafts: Sandy Fish on June 8), and how to build easy and colorful art with colored sand and bottles (Crafts: Sand-Filled Bottles on June 26).

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.