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Below are some of my favorite activities:
 

~Aromatherapy~
I like to burn lavendar essentail oils in a burner or light lavendar candles in the residents room and give them a hand and arm massage.
This works really well for relaxing alzheimers residents.
 
~Auctions~
I will get a bunch of inexpensive items from the 99 -cent store or Wal Mart and put them in brown paper bags(the large grocery store type)
and have a weekly Auction.
The residents will recieve "funny money" during the week while playing Bingo and other games to use during our Auction.
It is so funny when they bet on the items because the bags are so big and sometimes there will be something so small like a pack of gum.
I will usually put a dollar in one or two of the bags just to liven it up(the residents will bid high if they think they are going to win Real Money.
 
~Happy Hour~
Every week we like to have a Happy Hour on Friday afternoons.
We enjoy  fresh popped popcorn(we have an old fashioned popcorn maker) and fresh Margaritas(non-alcoholic,of course)and I have an Entertainer come in for one hour.
This is a great way to end the week.
 
~Karaoke Nights~
I love this activity because it really shows off the residents personalities.Even the most reserved resident will come out of their
shell,the most confused resident will come alive with music.....
My favorite Karaoke songs for seniors are anything by Frank Sinatra,Dean Martin,Kate Smith,Perry Como,Sammy Davis jr.,or any of the" Rat Pack" of the old days.
Now let me tell you,my voice is no American Idol,but the residents love when we do Karaoke Nights.
 
~Wine and Cheese Party~
This is alot of fun(as long as you have the DR.s ok).
The residents love that this reminds them of life before coming to a Nursing Home.
It is fun to try different types of cheeses each month .
Get beautiful wine glasses to use and fancy tablecloths.
Really make this a special event for your more active and alert residents.
 
 
Whatever you choose, just have fun and try to think outside the box.
Remember that you are in your residents home,they are not at your place of business.Enjoy your residents and they will enjoy you !!!!


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