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Activity Director From California, United States

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AJ 1st Dec 2021 Activity Director


Is there a This Day In History Spanish version for December? I cannot find one.
Thank you!
AJ 9th Nov 2021 Activity Director

Where to Find Continuing Education Opportunities

I'm not sure if it's allowed, please delete if not.
There is an organization called Linked Senior and they have been offering FREE webinars monthly and sometimes bi-monthly. We are able to obtain CEU's for several organizations, CEU's are FREE as well. Not sure if they are all US companies, but definitely good information!
(I am not an employee of Linked Senior, simply an AD looking to pass along info for free CEU's)
AJ 26th Oct 2021 Activity Director


Hi there!
I am going with practical. Most of the residents dont need more trinkets or things. Think about what they need? Are they always cold? Maybe a warm pair of fuzzy socks or a soft fuzzy blanket?
Electronic photo frames are good too, if families ask! Amazon has them for around $40. Families can load up USB with family photos.

We have a home health agency that collects gifts from the community, they provide gifts for anyone who doesnt have family. I purchase gifts for the remainder of the residents.
Socks, sweat pants, sweaters, art kits, cd music, hair accessories, soft blankets, wall calendars with their interests (49ers football, nature, cats, dogs etc).
AJ 20th Jan 2021 Activity Director

Team Leadership: Discipline & Workplace Performance

Hi There,
I don't know what part of the US you are in, but I know it is so difficult to keep activities going at the level we are used to during this time. We are taught to engage residents, get them out of their rooms, socialize, socials, parties, music groups, church groups, etc. We aren't able to do any of that now and for a lot of people it has been difficult to adjust. It took us a good couple of months to really get into the swing of things and establish a new norm. And yes, the residents do want to sit in their rooms. Think about why. They are scared too. For months they've been hearting about a terrible virus and their room/home is safe. I think we are all up for a major challenge to return to normal activities, whenever that will be.
Have you tried providing her with materials? Do you have tablets/iPads for use? There are TONS of things on this site you can use for one on one visits. We started a new program this month called "This Week In Music History", all info is taken from the GC, highlighting music events/songs from that week. You can use the tablet/iPad to play the songs for the residents. This opens up reminiscing, recall of song lyrics, etc.
AJ 6th May 2020 Activity Director

Armchair Travel to Turkey

Thank you so much! I am putting this together for a 1:1 for one of my people who is from Turkey!
AJ 31st Mar 2020 Activity Director

Self-Care Tips for Activity Professionals

Thanks for the reminders. I think most of us are caregivers by nature and forget to take care of ourselves!
I would say the biggest thing for me is having several FaceBook groups that are supportive, giving each other ideas and lets us know that we ARE NOT ALONE. Its great to see the Activity Professionals supporting each other during this difficult time.
Thank you Golden Carers for all you do for our peeps!
Peace and health from California!
AJ 17th May 2019 Activity Director

The Benefits of Silence in Senior Care

Yes, the days of "activities as a party atmosphere all day everyday" are so outdated. We have leisure reading, at 2:30 everyday where residents can come in browse newspaper, magazines, do a word search puzzle, etc. 3x a week (during the winter months) we have coffee cafe where it is a coffee house atmosphere, light music in the back ground, coffee/tea/hot apple cider are served. Things dont always have to be loud, bright and in motion to be an activity!
AJ 14th Mar 2019 Activity Director

Movies for St Patrick’s Day

There are some other great movies too that aren't necessarily St. Paddys specific but take place in Ireland. Good to keep the theme going!
A few oldies "My Wild Irish Rose" and "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" I found on Amazon very reasonable.
"Leap Year" starring Amy Adams, as a girl who follows her love to Ireland and is tricked into thinking its an Irish tradition for the ladies to pop the question on Leap Day!
Finian's Rainbow, music, rainbows, leprechauns, Fred Astaire and Petula Clark!
And not Ireland or Irish but we always enjoy the Gnome Mobile! Cute movie about a couple of children and their grandfather who take a trip to the California Redwood National Park and end up meeting some mischievous Gnomes! I think its a Disney movie? Catchy tunes!
AJ 5th Feb 2019 Activity Director

Plants with Animal Names Quiz

These are perfect for "call out the answer" type trivia, good for just before meals, while waiting for an entertainer, etc. Thanks for all the great quizzes!