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 March activity calendar, the April activity calendar, and the May activity calendar.
Bring in speakers and entertainers to educate and delight your residents this month. For example, invite a nutritionist to your facility to talk to your residents about their nutritional habits as well as tips on improving their health (Speaker Series on March 12), book an entertainer to perform for your residents after dinner (Beer & Nuts Night on March 22), or schedule a diabetic specialist to talk to residents about their risks for the disease (Diabetic Forum on March 25).
Additionally, be sure to schedule activities in which your residents can voice their concerns. For instance, consider creating a forum for your low-vision residents to meet each month to discuss ways that your facility can better help them with their activities of daily living (Low Vision Support Group on March 7), or schedule an afternoon social, outside of your monthly Resident Council meeting, in which residents socialize and casually talk about the issues that concern them (Be Heard Social on March 7).
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.
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).
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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.
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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.