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Activities & Resources for Senior Care
Age-related changes impact on the sensory systems of older adults diminishing their perceptual capacities. Primary senses can be trained and strengthened with special activities to stimulate the affected senses.
In my experience, cooking is one of the most enjoyable activities to share with elders in assisted-living facilities. All you need to start a therapeutic cooking program at your facility is a little enthusiasm, creative spirit, and patience!1 Comment
The sensory functions of elders decline as they grow older and this can impact on their feelings of well-being and diminish communication levels.Alzheimer's
Doll Therapy can provide satisfaction and comfort to people with dementia. It provides them with the opportunity to nurture and satisfy an emotional need that wouldn’t be fulfilled otherwise13 Comments Alzheimer's
I filled a vase with peonies and lavender and took it to as many residents as possible.1 Comment Member Submitted
Spiritual support for people with dementia in nursing homes and other care facilities is vital to their well-being and a requisite for the holistic care we strive to achieve11 Comments Alzheimer's
Start an ‘Armchair Travel’ tradition at your facility! Make it a monthly event and build up expectations to this most interesting and fun activity.12 Comments
This is a wonderful way to encourage creativity. It is a fun activity that can be shared by two people.
Bird watching is a rewarding pastime that can bring immense pleasure by connecting people with nature.
Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the senses such as taste, smell, vison, hearing, and touch. Sensory stimulation enables us to engage with the environment and communicate in multiple and complex ways.6 Comments
Sensory salt Garden can assist with behaviours and also serves as a communication tool, along with making your home smell wonderful. Let the imagination run free.1 Comment Member Submitted
Wind chimes have been around for hundreds of years. They have been known to have a healing effect on the mind; reducing stress and promoting relaxation and creativity.5 Comments
I work in a secure dementia wing and I found this activity excellent, even for vision impaired.
Thank you Marina for submitting this activity!
Freshly baked brea, a cup of tea and the opportunity to reminisce.
Thank you Pauline for this lovely idea!
We are currently running a 10 day living eggs program in our facility where we have had 10 chicken eggs delivered in an incubator.15 Comments Member Submitted
These are great for outdoor fun. However don't let wet weather stop you from playing indoors!
Start a crochet and knitting club for the enjoyment of all!
Thanks Stephanie for this wonderful idea!
Reflect and share our thoughts and memories of the past 12 months.
Thanks Fil for this beautiful idea!
Today I started a poetry club with my residents. We read a collection of poems with a common theme and discuss them and reminisce.
Thanks Marnie for this inspiring activity!
The theme for this reminiscing session is: The Beach.
18 sample questions are provided.
Here are some ideas to encourage residents to use their fine motor skills and reminisce at the same time. Thanks Joanne!4 Comments Member Submitted
Dementia patients can benefit greatly from exposure to soothing and sensory environments.13 Comments Alzheimer's
Pets are good for people in many ways. It is not uncommon to pick up a magazine or newspaper and read yet another article describing the benefits that family pets have on long-term care residents, hospital patients and sick children.5 Comments Alzheimer's
This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.10 Comments
Beautiful scrapbooks made from recycled magazines. Make them to suit the interests of individuals. Thanks Kellie for this wonderful activity!14 Comments Member Submitted Alzheimer's
Easy and fun, this activity takes roughly one hour to make. This is an ideal inexpensive gift to make for a volunteer or to offer as a birthday gift.2 Comments
Evocation of familiar scents to stimulate long-term memories. Ideal for sight impaired seniors.4 Comments
Sensory stimulation with familiar scents.7 Comments
Promote cognitive well being, provide fun and enjoyment, and establish old roles.
Stimulation of taste senses. Provision of enjoyment.4 Comments
Enhance memories and provide stimulation by utilising interesting textures.Alzheimer's
Sensorial stimulation and provision of home-like activity.5 Comments Alzheimer's
Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day12 Comments Alzheimer's
Make clients feel special and keep hands and nails clean.11 Comments Alzheimer's
Calm the mind and cleanse the spirit with essential oils
Relieve muscle aches and increase circulation using essential oil compresses
Sensory stimulation. Reduce stiffness. A good alternative if your client cannot use the bath.1 Comment
Time out to relax and quiet the mind. A simple and effective way to use essential oils.
Sensory stimulation through the use of essential oilsAlzheimer's
This is a very soothing and worthwhile activity1 Comment
Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity.15 Comments Alzheimer's