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 October activity calendar, the November activity calendar, and the December activity calendar.
Host fun autumn-themed arts and crafts for your residents during October. For instance, invite residents to make pinecone treats for squirrels (Crafts: Squirrel Treats on October 9), decorate pumpkins (Crafts: Pumpkin Decorating on October 23), and make scarecrows to decorate your facility for the season (Crafts: Scarecrows on October 12).
In addition, coordinate special fall events for your residents throughout October. Host fun activities like a Jack O' Lantern Party (October 26), a Masquerade Ball (October 30), and a Fall Garden Tea Party (October 20).
Celebrate the fun observances of November with your residents. For instance, on General Election Day (November 4) create fun activities for your residents to pursue their political interests, like Election Day Memories or Election Results Nightcap. In addition, plan a fun Thanksgiving Day (November 27) for your residents (even if you're not there) with activities like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Football Game Social, and Thanksgiving Dinner.
Additionally, create fun activities during National Game & Puzzle Week (November 23-29) with fun afternoon game socials like Thanksgiving Word Game Social, Crossword Puzzle Social, Hangman Social, and Jeopardy Social.
Schedule fun intergenerational activities for your residents during this holiday season. Consider inviting the grandkids or great-grandkids of your residents to join them with a few holiday activities. For example, recruit residents to make gingerbread houses with their grandkids (Crafts: Gingerbread House on December 7) or invite the grandkids to be "toy testers" at your facility (Toy Testers on December 13).
Don't forget to coordinate tasty holiday baking activities. For instance, invite your facility's Baking Club to make a variety of holiday treats like gingerbread cookies (Baking Club: Gingerbread Cookies on December 4), red velvet cake (Baking Club: Red Velvet Club on December 8), eggnog cookies (Baking Club: Eggnog Cookies on December 24), and fruitcake (Baking Club: Fruitcake on December 27).
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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.