Activity Idea of the Month

hosting a Christmas bow hunt for the holidays for nursing home senior residents

Christmas Bow Hunt

Celebrate this Christmas season in your facility by hosting a fun Christmas bow hunt. Simply take regular gift bows and hide them throughout your facility, and provide a prize to the resident who finds the most bows. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making remembrance poppies for Veterans Day for your senior nursing home residents

Pine Cone Holly

Recruit residents to help you decorate for the holiday season by making pine cone holly (by handmadecharlotte.com) using mini pine cones, paint, pom-poms, ribbon, and hot glue. To assemble the pine cone holly, first paint the pine cones green and allow them to dry. Then hot-glue three red pom-poms together and glue them to two green pine cones. Next, create a loop with a ribbon and hot-glue the ribbon to the back of the pine cone holly. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

playing a Christmas-themed poker game for the holidays with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Recognize this holiday season by hosting a fun Christmas in Vegas Party for the men. Teach the men how to play Texas Hold'em poker, and use Christmas candy, like the foil chocolate Santas (by russellstover.com), as the poker chips. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2019 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Christmas Party Week.)

making a confetti wall for New Year's Eve with nursing home residents

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Recruit a volunteer to assist your resident with designing a confetti wall (by diynetwork.com) for his room as decoration for New Year's Eve (December 31). To create the simple confetti wall, use a circle punch to cut circles from colorful cardstock. Then attach the circles to the wall using glue dots or removable mounting putty. Encourage the two to use a variety of colored cardstock to create a colorful wall of confetti. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

decorating Star of David pretzels for Hanukkah with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Recognize this Hanukkah season with your residents by making no-bake chocolate Star of David pretzels (by forkandbeans.com). To make the pretzels, first gather six pretzel sticks for each star, and then dip the pretzel sticks into melted chocolate. Once you have six pretzel sticks covered in chocolate, arrange the sticks into the Star of David on a piece of wax paper. Then coat with sprinkles. Finally, allow time for the chocolate to harden before eating. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2019 Men's Activity Calendar.)

making jingle bell ornaments for Christmas Day with senior residents

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

To celebrate Christmas this year (on December 25), invite residents to make jingle bell ornaments (by satoridesignforliving.com) to hang on their doors for the season. For the activity, provide residents with 16 inches of craft wire, making sure to create a loop on one end of the wire. Next, start stringing the jingle bells onto the wire, trying to ensure that the bells are set tight against one another. Once the bells have been added, take the end of the wire and feed it through the loop that was created on the wire, and wrap the end of the wire several times around the bells to secure before cutting. Finally, tie ribbon to the wire for hanging. (This activity idea is also featured in our December 2019 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Christmas Printables

Christmas-Printables.com

Check out our activity resource of the month, the Christmas Printables site (christmas-printables.com), to find free Christmas cards, stationery, wrappers, labels, and other printables.

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