8 Creative Group Activities for Seniors

8 Creative Group Activities for Seniors

User Profile By Molly Wisniewski   United States

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Connecting with others is crucial to our health and well-being. Senior living facilities offer a unique opportunity to foster a social environment that promotes participation and social engagement.

Connecting with others is crucial to our health and well-being. Senior living facilities offer a unique opportunity to foster a social environment that promotes participation and social engagement.

Group projects are a fun way to come together to make something the whole community can enjoy.

In this article we cover:

  • Wall Murals
  • Hand Art
  • Paint and Sip
  • Mad Hatter's Hat Design - and Tea Party!
  • Group Projects for Men
  • Walk and Wheel for a Cause
  • Create a Club
  • Music Activities

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Susan 21st Jul 2018
I think creative activities are great for seniors because it helps keep their mind sharp
I used to do many creative activities with our residents I also had some of my staff run the activities but they were not for every staff member

The first activity I did was something called a picture is worth a thousand words
I showed the residents a picture with a lot going on
Then I asked the residents to tell me about certain aspects of the picture
The next step was for me or another resident to make the statements into a story
I printed the story out and put it in a notebook with the picture
That way the residents could look at the story periodically

I also had story starters that the residents could finish

Another idea is to do mad libs where the residents told the leader certain words without seeing the story. Then you fill in the words that they told you
It can be pretty funny and good for a laugh

I also did poetry such as limericks, haiku or just creating a poem for the season or for special topics

I also like to do Mandala art
Higher functioning residents could create a Mandate
Others could just color them in

We also took some popular songs and changed the words to make new songs

I was able to adapt and modify these activities for almost any type of resident

As I mentioned earlier I like putting these creative endeavors in a notebook so the residents good view them periodically

If you need help with any of these ideas, let me know
Talita 22nd Jul 2018
Thanks for sharing Susan, these are fabulous ideas!
Mia 18th Jul 2018
I love these thank you so much for sharing!!! ♥
Talita 22nd Jul 2018
Thank you Mia!
Mike 18th Jul 2018
We have conducted Mini-Relay For Life Fundraiser for American Cancer Society over the past four years and our Members raised a total just over $17,000! We have an indoor walking track (100 feet oval track) and Members "Walk Walker & Roll" for a week, Attached article from local newspaper. Great idea for Staff, Members and their Families to pull together. Some Members haven't been able to do something for someone else for years...
Mini Relay For Life gets seniors 'walkering, wheeling' for cancer cause
Solange 20th Jul 2018
Hi Mike, I am very impressed! Fantastic community activity with fantastic results. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.
Molly 15th Jul 2018
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