Whoever said age is just a number is absolutely right. And residents at high-quality senior communities understand this very well. This is given the fact that senior living providers often have activity programs that allow residents to express themselves, interact more freely, and importantly, have a good time. The type of programs offered usually differs based on whether the community in question is an independent living, an assisted living one, or one for memory/Alzheimer’s care. Such tailored activities keep in mind seniors’ abilities, likes and interests to ensure a fun time in the company of co-residents. We are happy to explore different senior activities that promise much fun, laughter and discussions!
1. One-day trips – A day trip to a scenic location will allow seniors to relax amidst nature, a great healer. They can later be encouraged to share their trip experiences and photographs with one another.
2. Fishing day – Arranging a ‘Fishing Day’ once a month is a good idea to get seniors to experience the great outdoors. You will definitely find a few avid fishing enthusiasts among residents, and the rest will definitely come along for the ride. A fishing competition can make the experience more exciting, and inspire participants to prove their mettle!
3. Four-legged friends – An article in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences found that even a half-hour of animal assisted therapy once a week can drive away loneliness in seniors. Kittens, dogs/puppies and baby chicks can keep seniors company for a few hours and spread a lot of smiles.
4. Movies and TV – Nothing brings back memories more than the good old movies that residents would have watched as kids (with their parents) or enjoyed at the local theatre or drive-ins with friends and sweethearts. From popular western movies starring John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, to musicals like Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz and the Sound of Music, seniors will love and appreciate a movie weekend. They would also love to catch reruns of old televisions shows like ‘I Love Lucy’ or even ‘The Brady Bunch’.
5. Skill demonstration – Seniors can be encouraged to put their skills on display, in the form of artwork exhibitions, flower decorations, vegetable carving, origami, etc. Such pride-building activities are, in fact, recommended for people of all ages.
6. Fun Tests – Residents would no doubt have formed friendships and bonds, and putting them to the test can be more fun than you imagine. Seniors can guess each other’s favorite food, sport or holiday destination. Middle names, high-school nicknames and other fun details can add more pep and laughter to the activity.
Monthly birthday parties are also a great excuse to celebrate and share a few laughs with fellow residents. Residents at our independent living communities across Northern California enjoy active lifestyles, and our “Personal Expressions” Activity Program is an important part of this. We also encourage pets and provide residents with professional entertainment to create an enjoyable living space and encourage them to express themselves more freely.