Children can be a rare sight for older adults living in assisted care facilities. Intergenerational activities offer significant benefits to old and young.
Here are two grandparents themed poems to share.
It is important that senior members of the community feel linked with the rest of society.
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Drawing is a fun and interactive activity to pursue. Most people have done a little drawing or at least some doodling at some point in their lives. Offer clients the opportunity to revisit drawing as a pastime.
Another lovely fairytale quiz, a wonderful reminiscing activity for the elderly!
There are many easy learn-to-draw techniques out there, however none are quite as easy as Drawing from Numbers!
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Pencil in some music script lines, a treble clef and a base clef on A3 poster paper....
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Snowball Fight: Another fun spot the differences activity for seniors!
Car Mechanic's Workshop: the men will appreciate this one! This is a fun and relaxing activity for seniors.
Another fun activity in our spot the differences series for seniors!
This is a wonderful craft activity for seniors that is fun, creative and always successful. There is no right or wrong way to put the stones together - each piece is unique and beautiful! Encourage your clients to unleash their inner talents! These lovely stone creations make lovely gift mementos too.
This is a lovely, calming and creative activity for the elderly using smooth river rocks and pebbles. These decorated pebbles are perfect small gifts to give to friends, families and volunteers.
We had a group of art students paint murals for our fence in our Secure unit. This was so beautiful and a great way to get connect within the community.
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This activity is suitable as part of an Intergenerational Program. Residents are paired with their own grandchildren or local school children to make beautiful rainbows.
Despite being associated with children, Colour By Numbers activities can be beneficial to adults as well. Not to mention lots of fun!
Spot the Differences is a brain game for children and adults alike. It involves identification of objects, spatial analysis as well as short-term memory.
Intergenerational Activities provide older and younger generations with opportunities to interact and engage with each other in planned endeavours beneficial to both groups.
Invite Senior High School students to practice their musical / theatrical performances for their upcoming final exams in front of your clients.
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Celebrate Grandparents Day by recruiting willing staff to form a chorus or a quartet to sing this song to residents on their special day.
Many people in residential care have grown-up grand-children with children of their own. Invite them over and let the three generations have fun together doing quizzes, craft and playing games.
A lovely inter-generational activity - creating shadow animals!
Here are some inter-generational activity ideas to enjoy on grandparents day.
I made patty cakes and our residents iced and put sprinkles on the cakes then had them for morning tea. They thought it was great!
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Intergenerational activities can be fun and soothing for all involved.
Invite a group of school children or high school children to visit your facility on International Youth Day.