Monday, January 4, 2016

Programming Ideas: National Activity Professionals Week

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Courtesy of National Association of Activity Professionals

Educate and show everyone in your homes how your activity department
provides Oceans of possibilities for your Elders.

Programming Ideas:
Activities: “Oceans of Possibilities”
Educate and show everyone in your homes how your activity department
provides Oceans of possibilities for your Elders.
The possibilities of keeping traditions.
_ Talk with the Elders about family traditions and your facility
The possibility to win.
_ Have a special Bingo using pictures or words relating to
The possibility of making friends.
_ Have a tea,
_ create a “Getting to know you Bingo” (see example)
_ have a staff / Elder scavenger hunt (using activity items as the
items to find)
_ Starting a Post Card Pen Pal Program to write to Nursing Home
Elders in other cities.
The possibility to socialize and try new things.
_ host a special dinner party serving different kinds of food
_ Host a happy hour with different types of drinks
The possibility to serve others.
_ make Sandwiches for a local shelter
_ have a food drive (this time of year is usually a lean time for food
banks so they will appreciate even more)
The possibility to explore past interest and be creative.
_ Crafts
_ Creative Writing
The possibility to stay in touch with the community.
_ Plan out trips
The possibility to LET GO.
_ Be a kid again for just an hour or so ( see attached).
_ show off your talent & lack of at Karaoke.
The possibility to learn something new.
_ Learn how to write and say your name in another language
o Chinese
o Hawaiian
Just google “my name in (what ever language) then print
it and make it a special sign for them to keep.
_ Show them the world wide web.
The Tropics
_ enjoy some Kona Coffee, Hawaii’s “Gold”
_ Use the web to learn elders’ names in Hawaiian and a few
Hawaiian phrases.
_ Learn the meaning of the different Hula Dances by the way they
use their hands
_ Dinner Party. adventure into Hawaiian Dishes
_ Try your hand at Pineapple bowling with a Coconut bowling ball
_ Have a Parrot Head Day. Play Jimmy Buffett, have “Changes in
Attitude” discussion group, Cheeseburgers in Paradise for lunch
and Margaritaville for Happy Hour
_ Take photos and make your own Hawaiian Post Card
has vintage postcards, and may grant permission (they did for me)
for you to copy and use their photos for backgrounds. Then cut and
paste resident photos on the computer (looks best) or by hand to
make the postcards
_ Have a luau with BBQ, have staff dress tropical.
_ Use fruit of the Islands, and make individual Pineapple
Shortcakes: twinkies, vanilla pudding, pineapple and whipped
_ Don’t forget the Drinks of the Islands happy hour !!

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