Activity Idea of the Month

eating galaxy ice cream during a fun star-gazing party for Fall Astronomy Day for nursing home senior residents

Star-Gazing Party

Host a fun star-gazing party for residents to celebrate Fall Astronomy Day (October 9), in which residents sit near a large picture window to observe the stars and autumn constellations. Be sure to serve galaxy ice cream sandwiches (by abajillianrecipes.com) for residents to enjoy while looking at the stars. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2021 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Fall Astronomy Week.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

making purse cookies on National Handbag Day with your senior nursing home residents

Purse Cookies

Assist residents with assembling purse cookies (by sheknows.com) on National Handbag Day (October 10). (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2021 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

making haunted mansions during Halloween with the seniors at your nursing facility

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

On Haunted Refrigerator Night (October 30), invite the men to assemble mini haunted mansions (by babbledabbledo.com) by covering wooden birdhouses with colorful clay. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2021 Men's Activity Calendar.)

making black cat balloons for National Black Cat Day with seniors in assisted living facilities

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Invite your resident to assist you with making black cat balloons (by darcymillerdesigns.com) on National Black Cat Day (October 27) by inflating black balloons, drawing cat faces with white markers or paint pens, and attaching black cat ears using the template provided. Pass out the balloons to passersby in the hallway and to your bedridden residents. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2021 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

making tangerine jack-o-lanterns for Halloween with seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Supply residents with black markers to create jack-o-lantern faces on tangerines to create tangerine jack-o-lanterns as a healthy snack for Halloween. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2021 Men's Activity Calendar.)

going on a fall hue hunt in the backyard with seniors in assisted living facilities

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Invite residents for a fun fall hue hunt (by thecelebrationshoppe.com) in the backyard. Supply residents with paint chips to try to find similar hues in the backyard. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2021 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Leaf-Peeping Week.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Walk to End Alzheimer's

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Check out this month's resource, act.alz.org, to learn more about the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's and to find a local Alzheimer Walk in your area.

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