Activity Idea of the Month

wrist corsage for seniors in nursing home activities

Homecoming Dance

Host a fun Homecoming Dance for your residents during this homecoming season. Beforehand, make wrist corsages (by weddingbee.com) with residents for all the ladies in your facility. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2018 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Homecoming Week.)

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Creative Craft of the Month

mumkins as a fall activity for nursing home residents

Making Mumkins

Encourage residents to help you decorate for the Halloween season by making mumkins (by savvysavingcouple.net) for your facility's front porch. Before the activity, recruit volunteers to assist you with cutting out holes in the tops of each of the pumpkins. Then during the activity, encourage residents to help remove the pumpkin seeds and flesh. After the pumpkins have been hollowed out, use a bleach and water solution to clean the inside and outside of each pumpkin. Finally, fill the pumpkins with soil before adding the beautiful mums. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Male Residents

jackolanterns oranges for senior residents to use as autumn activity idea

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Host a jack-o-lantern contest (by instructables.com) this Halloween season to see which of the men can create the best jack-o-lantern using black markers and oranges (or tangerines). (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

missing leaf art for seniors in nursing homes

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Recruit a volunteer to assist your resident with drawing missing leaves (by adventure-in-a-box.com). Supply the duo with colored pencils to finish filling in the missing half of each leaf. (This activity is also featured in our October 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

ghost pretzels as a Halloween activity for seniors in assisted living facilities

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Host a Ghost-Making Party for residents as you assist them with assembling ghost pretzels (by dessertnowdinnerlater.com) for Halloween (October 31). To make the tasty treats, dip pretzels into a mixture of melted white chocolate and coconut oil. Then add candy eyes, and allow the pretzels to set before eating. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2018 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

picture of leaves for senior residents to make autumn activities

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Celebrate this autumn season with residents by hosting a Leaf Peeping Party in your backyard. Lead residents through your yard to gather fallen autumn leaves to make autumn leaf art (by theendinmind.net). For the project, provide residents with large sheets of white paper, and have them arrange their colorful leaves on the paper to create different shapes and animals. (This activity idea is also featured in our October 2018 Men's Activity Calendar.)

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Activity Resource of the Month

Alzheimer's Walk

Alzheimer's Walk

Check out our resource of the month, act.alz.org, to find an Alzheimer's Walk for staff and family members to walk near your nursing facility.

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