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Christin 21st Oct 2020 Activity Director

Optical Illusion Fun #2

Optical illusions are great!!! Thank you
Marlene 20th Oct 2020 Lifestyle Assistant

Guess the Christmas Carols

Thank you so much Talita for your encouraging feedback re my activity. Appreciate if so much !

Marlene Laporte
Evangeline 20th Oct 2020 Registered Manager

8 Ways to to Encourage Friendships Among Residents

Thank you so much for this :)
At our care home we have 'Getting to know you' session.
Turn to the person on your right, shake their hand, introduce yourself an talk a little about yourself. This has been so lovely t see residents engaging more with each other, especially after a little encouragement.
I will definitely be trying some of your ideas :)
Thank you
Evangeline Girling
Registered Manager
Ralphland Care Home
Susan 20th Oct 2020 Recreation Director

How to make Twiddlemuffs

Hi- maybe this is a dumb question, but are there any videos of HOW the residents/ patients actually use them/ respond to them? Are the residents wearing them as cuffs on both arms? I work full-time in memory care assisted living and think a few fidgety types would enjoy...but for how long, I wonder? I assume they are personalized/ washed with their laundry? Anyone with day to day experience?
Colleen 20th Oct 2020 Lifestyles

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

Virginia, this is fantastic. In the process of making several for our residents. Thank you so much
Faye 20th Oct 2020 Recreation Coordinator

Name That Show Visual Quiz

Well done activity
Virginia 20th Oct 2020 Activities Specialist

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

Hi Susan and Susan! It is a reveal a picture game. You make a customer/residents pick a number and you open that up and will eventually reveal or give them a clue of what the picture is behind those tiles.
Monica 19th Oct 2020 Manager Of A Charity For Seniors

Newsletter Template - August

I would love to receive more newsletter templates. The August template is superb.
I am especially interested to cover the winter months - October, November, December - January , February, March.
Many thanks
Karen 19th Oct 2020 Activity Professional

4 Cozy Drink Recipes

Great recipes and just in time for a flavorful afternoon treat! Doing my November calendar and will add this these tasty Autumn beverages! Thank you again!
Karen 19th Oct 2020 Activity Professional

COVID-19: Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Hello to all. I’m new to Golden Carers and thankful for many new activity ideas. This Karen is from New Jersey. I work in Pennsylvania. When I logged in before it said Michigan.
Shirley 19th Oct 2020 Act Director

Gratitude Jar

hi , I'm New I just join I need some ideas for November, December 2020
thank you
Susan 18th Oct 2020 Recreation Director

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

hi- I don't really understand how it is played. Is this like a tile matching game where there are two hidden pairs and they have to find the matching pairs? Your description was kind of vague. Does this game work for memory care residents?
Teresa 18th Oct 2020 Activites

This Land is Our Land Display Board

Over the top wonderful in so many ways. Everyone has a story to share regarding where they are from, cultural highlights and all the memories that will come out with this activity! Thank you Jill ; )
Teresa 18th Oct 2020 Activites

Initials Whiteboard Quiz

Hello everyone :) I am new to your community have just begun to get familiar with all Golden Carers has to offer. Thank you to everyone that has contributed and I hope to come up with a new idea to share soon too. Your ideas are brilliant and has helped to open my mind up to possibilities that I had not considered before.
Marge 17th Oct 2020 Respite Coordinator

Name That Show Visual Quiz

This is a great activity. We all loved it. Thanks for sharing.
Jen 17th Oct 2020 Recreation Therapist

Optical Illusion Fun #2

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Optical Illusion Powerpoint
Virginia 16th Oct 2020 Activities Specialist

Daily Devotion

Thank you, Stefanie, for this Daily Devotion activity. I will incorporate it on our daily activities.
Virginia 16th Oct 2020 Activities Specialist

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

Happy to hear it worked for you, Erika! It can be used in a lot of activities. I do trivia games with this too, but instead of pics. I have letters hiding behind the tiles. I also do The Price Is Right, Bingo Board (so our customers don't keep asking which number has been called). It is unlimited what you can do applying pretty much the same technique. God Bless!
Hanneke 16th Oct 2020 Manager Services

Newsletter Template - November 2020

Is there a way to change the calendar back to start at the beginning of the week, Monday? It now breaks up the weekend which is strange. We would like to continue with the consistency that was in place already.
Kelly 16th Oct 2020 Recreation Coordinator

Read-Aloud: Audience Participation Story

This went over very well with our Residents. I was so happy to see how much they were enjoying this activity. When we finished up with the story the conversation and reminiscing started. They were also talking about how much fun they had and saying "when we do this next time". Thank you!
Carly 16th Oct 2020 Activities Coordinator

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

I'm going to try this with a poster and post it notes as a low tech version, what a fabulous idea thank you
Dianne 16th Oct 2020

Songs for Seniors Quiz

Thank you very much this is really helpful and appreciated.
Karen 16th Oct 2020 Lifestyle Manager

Melbourne Cup Horse Race Game

Hi, there is nothing at the link - how to make the horses :)
Erika 16th Oct 2020 Lifestyle Co-ordinator

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

Thank you, Virginia. I tried this on Wednesday with my residents, it was great. Only one thing! I'll have to make the subjects more difficult as they were too good. Thanks again.
Kim 16th Oct 2020 Activity

Colour by Numbers

This Activity Was Fantastic Residents Found It Enjoyable And loved Seeing The End Result
Lyn 16th Oct 2020

15 Activities for Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

I am a fairly new caregiver with Home Instead. I have a client with severe Alzheimer's. I am looking for ideas to occupy her as she likes to wonder around the house. FYI I worked one day with her and I had her fold laundry. I was a preschool teacher and have ideas, but can use your input. I thought about adult coloring books, shoe matching, containers with lids to match, Legos to match colors and shapes, but I may have to bring whatever I do. I may ask a friend to make me bean bags. There is so much you can do with those, including toss into a basket or box. Music is another thing that came to mind. I asked if she danced, but only learned she liked to visit with her friends. Tomorrow I may try a tea party and include a doll she seems to like. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Karen 15th Oct 2020 DT

Presidential Election Word Search

Love this site. Everything is so handy and helps keep the residents busy.
Shirley 15th Oct 2020 Act Director

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

Thank you
Dawn 15th Oct 2020 Activities Coordinator

Balloon Games

We do something like this called Noodle ball. We take pool noodles and cut them in half to use to hit the balloons. Our participants love this game.
Megan 15th Oct 2020 Therapeutic Activities Services Worker

Name That Show Visual Quiz

I pulled them up from YouTube. You can also find short clips from the show and sometimes even full episodes! My folks loved seeing the clips and sang along to some of the theme shows
Keeley 14th Oct 2020 Recreation Coordinator

Name That Show Visual Quiz

Thank you for sharing!! Great resource
Karen 13th Oct 2020 Activity Professional

COVID-19: Taking Care of Your Mental Health

Hello to all dedicated Activity Professionals. In my personal self-care program, I practice taking my work ‘one day at a time’, and I add to that flexibility, patience and positive mindset. Not easy some days! Following strict guidelines put in place because of Covid is presenting challenges. Adapting to changes can be frustrating. I am grateful to be of service to my residents, families and co-workers. Never lose hope and faith that we will get through this challenge! Carpe diem
Marianne 13th Oct 2020 Activities Director

Seaside photography

What a beautiful idea...:)
Lil 13th Oct 2020 Minister To Senior Adults

Folk Songs Guessing Game and Singalong

Golden Carers has made my ministry so much easier! I loved it before COVID and now it's even more enjoyable with all your helpful activities! Thank you!
Virginia 13th Oct 2020 Activities Specialist

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

You're very welcome, Talita!
Virginia 13th Oct 2020 Activities Specialist

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

You're very welcome, Shirley! Glad to have shared something.
Seru 12th Oct 2020 Careers

Crochet and Knitting Club

We have a Knitting Group that meet weekly even those who could not knit anymore come just for social or a chat for an hour then have afternoon tea together it’s a good way also to include a new resident make them feel included.
Jane 12th Oct 2020 Executive Officer

Guess the Christmas Carols

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: Guess the Names of the Christmas Carols
Gwyneth 12th Oct 2020 Volunteer

Finish the Song Line Quiz

Thanks Susan At our Day Care Centre, I do a lot of things to music, CD and piano, and lots of singalongs, exercises to music, comedy skits, I just love music, have a nick name Gwyneth on the ivories, I have got so much old time music, being an oldie myself, I have accumulated lots over the years, I just love the old songs. My problem on Golden Carers is feeding information to you all, I have always stood in front of my clients, showing them how to do it, and always participating with them. We still can't go back to the Day Care Centre, hoping things will improve as maybe we can start back early January. I think Susan it has kept me feeling young and happy, and I still want to carry on with volunteering, even at the age of 86. I am very glad that I found you all at Golden Carers, it has helped me a lot, to stop suddenly after 30 years it is hard to slow down. I have volunteered for so many disabilities, this last one for the Vision Impaired I have been there for over 25 years and missing it. The trouble with us volunteers now, if dealing with aged care, there are so many restrictions, we pick a lot of clients up from their houses, but we can't have buses or drivers now, the hall we use we can't use the kitchen, we cook breakfast and lunch , and what with sanitising and distancing,!! they will let us know when we can start back, Can't even play the piano at the hospital! it is very sad for all concerned, for the ones willing to give and for the ones wanting it. W e'll get there, Gwyneth thanks Susan for your comments.
Deborah 12th Oct 2020 Recreational Aid

Films of Yesteryear Visual Quiz

Love using Golden Careers. It definitely gives a more variety of Quizzes and more stuff I can do with the seniors I work with!
Susan Hatfield 10th Oct 2020

15 Activities for Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

I love the ideas, I live in a nursing facility now. I have early onset Alzheimer’s and Iam doing well, right now. I try to stay busy and keep my mind active.
Lesly 10th Oct 2020 Activity Director

Chocolate Wordsearch

Are there any large print word search?
Maurice 9th Oct 2020

Free Activity Calendar for Seniors


Here are two options that might help

1. Print the largest format possible: The easiest option would be to print at either A3 (297 x 420 mm) or Tabloid (11 x 17 in). Use a larger font size, and that is usually a good size for most people.

2. Create a Mulit-Page Poster: Use the largest size available (A3/Tabloid), and create your Calendar. You can use either the Word or PDF option. The only extra step is if you're using Microsoft Word, you need to save it as a PDF when you're ready to print (File > Save As > PDF).

Next, open Acrobat Reader (a free PDF program most computers use). Go to File > Print, and then select "Poster". Set your "Tile %" to whatever size you want, you can make these as big as you want with any printer.

I've attached a screenshot and a Calendar example of this option for you. Here is an example of a calendar over 12 pages!
12-Page October 2020

We don't offer printing services sorry, but you can probably do what you need yourself! :)
Elaine 9th Oct 2020 Activities Director/ Speech Path

Recycled Hoy Game

Yes, I have played in large group of ten without a play sheet due to CoVID. I give each resident 5 cards which they display on a chair in front of them as a table surface. I show a large card & also announce it, if they have the card, they raise it or say “ I have it!”. First to get rid of all 5 cards is the winner. I am finding chap stick & small hand cream well received prizes.

Megan 9th Oct 2020 Therapeutic Activities Services Worker

Name That Show Visual Quiz

Our residents love these kinds of activities! Thank you for sharing. A great addition to this activity would be to play the theme songs that go with the shows.
Alison 8th Oct 2020 Chief Officer

BBC Reminiscence Archive

A new activity has been posted by a Golden Carers member: BBC website with archive photos/ audio and video for reminiscence work
Shirley 8th Oct 2020 Act Director

Reveal A Picture Guessing Game

Kim 8th Oct 2020 Diversional Therapist

Planning a Movie Night for the Elderly

Hi, you can add Mamma Mia (2008). My residents loved this movie. It's a comedy musical lovestory. They were all looked happy after they've watched it.
Javier 8th Oct 2020

Balloon Games

Excellent activity for home
Joanne 7th Oct 2020 Leisure and Lifestyle Co ordinator

Halloween Songs to Other Songs

Thank you although I didn't write all of them they were sourced from the internet through girl guides etc many, many, many moons ago. Glad you enjoyed them. Some of them were written by my girl guides and residents too.