Activity Idea of the Month

football charades

Football Charades Party

Get your residents excited about this new football season (while also getting them up and moving) by inviting them to play a fun game of football charades (by thejoysofboys.com). To play, divide residents into teams and give one member from each team a football term to act out, like "half-time show" or "doing the wave". During the party, be sure to serve fun football food like pizza, buffalo wings, and (nonalcoholic) beer. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2017 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Countdown to College Football Week.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

wall leaves

Autumn Wall Art

Enlist the help of your residents to decorate your Activity Room for autumn (September 22) by making tissue paper leaves (by kidsactivitiesblog.com) that can be attached to your wall for the season. To make the crafts, supply residents with colorful tissue paper, glue, and the leaf printables from the site. After the leaves have been made, grab a few fallen branches from your backyard to adhere to the wall before attaching the vibrant leaves around the branches to create fun autumn wall art. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2017 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

leaf maze

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Encourage the men to participate in a fun outdoor activity to celebrate the arrival of autumn (September 22). Recruit a few volunteers to help you create a leaf maze (by innerchildfun.com) using all the fallen leaves in your facility's backyard. Afterwards, encourage the men to enjoy the weather outdoors as they go on a fun, sensory walk through the autumn maze. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2017 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Celebrating Autumn Week.)

Rosh Hashanah cards

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Invite a volunteer to assist your resident with making Rosh Hashanah cards (by creativejewishmom.com) for the Rosh Hashanah holiday (September 21-22; beginning at sundown on September 20) using card stock, paint, and wine corks. Beforehand, use a craft knife to create a notch on opposite ends of each cork to make the apple stamps. During the activity, encourage the duo to make enough cards to send to all your resident's family members. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2017 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

cheesecake

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Entice residents to celebrate Labor Day (September 4) by making a no-bake berry cheesecake (by kraftrecipes.com) using fresh berries, cream cheese, and whipped topping. (This activity idea is also featured on our Pinterest board for Labor Day Activity Ideas for Seniors.)

leaf matching

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Celebrate the beautiful colors of autumn (September 22) by inviting residents to play a fun leaf matching game (by theimaginationtree.com) using the colorful leaves from outdoors. Beforehand, take residents outdoors to gather fallen leaves for the activity. Once indoors, provide residents with colorful marbles or beads for them to try to match to the vibrant leaves that they picked. (This activity idea is also featured in our September 2017 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Drinks Mixer

Drinks Mixer

Need drinks? Then check out our resource of the month, Drinks Mixer, to find a variety of fun drinks, including nonalcoholic recipes for all your fun parties this autumn!

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Quick Tip: Start a Newsletter Club featuring your facility's residents as the writers and editors. Recruit volunteers to type the articles for a fun, monthly one-page newsletter.