Most Commented Activities on Golden Carers
There's nothing like a good laugh! Scroll through for some hilarious jokes that have been shared by people working with seniors!. Please add your jokes to the comments section of this page!
Celebrate spring at your nursing home by making a gorgeous dream tree composed of spring flowers and blossoms!
Gentle exercise for the arms as well as an opportunity to socialize! Great for game for the elderly. Also suitable for people living with dementia.
Sample monthly and weekly activity calendars for activity coordinators working in nursing homes. I know from experience that when i first started at a rest home I was thrown in the deep end, and I just thought by sharing this it may help out a newbie to develop their activities program. This is a wonderful resource to help you plan ahead. Thanks to everyone who has shared their calendar.
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20 activities for the elderly with dementia. The following ideas may be used on a one-to-one basis and others may be suitable for small groups depending on their abilities. These dementia activities are designed to promote and maintain existing skills.
Here is the over 80s song quiz that was requested.
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Very Popular! Mental stimulation, social interaction, promotion of self worth
Reminiscing, engaging in conversation, cognitive exercise
Have fun decorating international flags.
Armchair Travel takes people to faraway places without leaving home. It provides a sensory experience and the opportunity to learn about exotic lands and important past events in a meaningful manner. This is a wonderful activity for seniors living in nursing homes and suitable for people with dementia.
Anna is a 79 year old lady living with 2nd stage dementia. She seems to understand what staff say but is very slow to respond. She is restless most of the day, sitting for only minutes at time...
These touchy-feely sensory pouches (also known as squish bags and sensory pads) are a wonderful way to explore the senses. They are also so easy to make! Making sensory pouches is a quick and inexpensive way to make an engaging and relaxing sensory activity for people living with dem
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There are two ways to play this game.
Great for dementia patients!
Doll Therapy can provide satisfaction and comfort to people with dementia or Alzheimers. It provides them with the opportunity to nurture and satisfy an emotional need that wouldn’t be fulfilled otherwise.
Reminiscing with the elderly is a wonderful way to validate the lives of individuals and provide seniors with a sense of purpose, especially those living with dementia. Reminiscing activities also encourage social interaction and promote interpersonal skills.
There is hardly anything more rewarding for activity coordinators than an increase in resident participation. Weeks of hard work are paid off!
It is even more gratifying to see a resident who repeatedly declines to join activities walk into the recreation area for a concert, game or to participate in a trivia or discussion group. Here are a few tips that may help improve participation rates at your facility. Some you may be using already, others you may not have tried for a while.
For the elderly who loved to read all their lives, listening to someone read to them can bring profound comfort and joy. Why not start a Read-Aloud Readers Group activity at your facility; a Book Club with a difference! Read-aloud activities are an intervention well worth pursuing.
Beautiful scrapbooks made from recycled magazines. Make them to suit the interests of individuals. A wonderful activity for seniors living with dementia.
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Engagement of residents in tasks they used to do in their own home. A very calming activity. Ideal for people living with dementia.
Encouraging the elderly to participate in scheduled activities can be challenging. Lack of engagement is a common problem. It is important that you identify any barriers - whether perceived or real - that might be preventing residents from getting involved.
Say 'hello' in 25+ different languages! If you have a client from a country not listed here, find out how they say 'hello' in their language.
People living with dementia can benefit greatly from exposure to soothing and sensory environments.
After watching a Montessori video I decided to make my own resources. As dementia clients retain the ability to read for a long time I use words to match with pictures.
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Have some fun having a 'Spot the Differences' contest.
The elderly won't stay up until midnight to wish each other a 'HAPPY NEW YEAR'! Don't let that stop you from celebrating the passage of the year.
We are currently running a 10 day living eggs program in our facility where we have had 10 chicken eggs delivered in an incubator.
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Music has been proven to be very beneficial for the elderly in long term care, particularly those living with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Here are some wonderful free playlists of famous songs from the 40s, 50s & 60s!
Cue Cards or Communication Cards are visual tools that can be used to overcome communication difficulties with clients living with dementia. They assist and support caregivers, staff and volunteers to engage with the person in their care.
A Guide for Activity Coordinators working in Senior Care. Ask your clients for feedback regarding your Program and how to improve it. Survey template included.
Provide sensory stimulation and enjoyment, ideal activity for Mother's Day
Here are some aromatherapy blend ideas to soothe different conditions. A wonderful activity for the elderly in nursing homes.
Make clients feel special and keep hands and nails clean.
The Horse-Race game is a great way to spend the morning on Melbourne Cup Day!
This is a fun activity for the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
A regal and fun morning tea! Dressing up, fancy hats, petit fours, pastries, cucumber sandwiches and cakes all served on delicate china cups.
Maintaining a weather station is an absorbing activity suitable for any time of the year. Men in particular will love this activity!
This fun and simple game is great for seniors including people living with dementia. Includes well known sayings, idioms and proverbs that they will remember from their past.
VIDEO Instructions included! Make bow ties in a craft session and give it to your male residents on Father’s Day to help celebrate this festive occasion.
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This is a wonderful game that can be adapted to any occasion. Residents will enjoy reminiscing and sharing stories.
Alzheimer's Disease affects people in different ways. Rather than focusing on the disease and impairment, we should aim to identify each person's strengths and remaining abilities and find activities to support these. Here are 15 Activities For Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease.
I would love you to display this poem that I wrote many years ago, I wrote it on behalf of a wife whose husband had dementia in the Nursing Home.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem Kerry.
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Generate your own word finders here in seconds! Consider creating personalised word finders for birthdays and other special events!
Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the senses such as taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch. Sensory stimulation is a key component for improving the quality of life of people living with dementia.
Most long term care facilities have some residents who are ‘loners’ or ‘introverts’; they enjoy being in their bedrooms and do not often pursue interaction with others.
Enhance self esteem. Have fun with arts and crafts!
Learn how to identify the needs of clients entering nursing homes. This article contains detailed instructions on how to conduct a resident assessment which can then be used to create a care plan.
Take your residents on a virtual camping trip!
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Blu-tack 20 or 50 cent coins to the bottoms of their shoes & have the residents taping along with swinging music while remaining seated.
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A friend suggested to me that an old-fashioned pastime called "Tongue Twisters" might be of interest to carers who are looking for a short time activity which would be suited to people of all ages and interests.
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You have to be a certain age to appreciate this one.
I can hear my mother now...
Each year I introduce the AFL footy tipping for our seniors and residents in care.
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