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Rosalind 9th Jul 2017 Volunteer
I have recently started volunteering at an assisted living facility which provides very few activities for the residents. Most of the residents return to their rooms after eating and nap or watch television. The abilities of the residents range from fairly severe dementia to physical limitations only. I would like to engage the residents in activities, but it is hard to include them all at one time; there is nobody to help; and any money I spend comes out of pocket. Although I am not a paid activities caregiver, I feel bad for the residents and would like to help without spending all of my free time at the facility. Any suggestions?

Also, there are several resources which others might find helpful. They are the magazine "Creative Forecasting"; the website Enchanted Learning, and for craft and activity supplies try "S&S Worldwide." Also, the Nintendo Wii system offers exercise, dance, and sports games.

Susan 10th Jul 2017 Activity Director
It is so nice of you to volunteer
Trivia is always good especially complete the phrase
Here is a link for many trivia activities
Reading a short story is also nice. Here is a link to some. Also ant Chichen Soup for the Soul stories are great
How about a sing a long. Even if you do not sing well, I am sure there is a resident or two does
Here is a link to some ideas
Also reminiscing is fun
Here is a link
This should be a good start.
Let me know if you need more help
Lydia 12th Jul 2017 Program Director
brain games of easy and fun
Just make sure to take care of the residents dignity.
Some may not be able to answer, keep this in mind.
example: Name 3 types of cars (hard) name 3 days of week (easy)

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