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#15026 A trip down memory lane

Posted by tiffanylhenderson on 02 April 2018 - 02:14 PM

Hello, my name is Tiffany and I am from the MEPAP1-OWNPACE course. A great activity I've found works with my memory care residents stems from my lessons in creative writing. I had a teacher that asked us to imagine how different writing forms are when writing in the voice of a child, teenager or adult. To do this, we had to take a trip down memory lane and write or draw a outline of our neighborhood, the place we grew up and where we remembered most of our lives were spent. We had to think about how our house looked, smell, who were our neighbors, how the different seasons were, etc. I remembered this being an fun activity and decided to adapt it with my residents. I had them think back to when they were little and asked them to describe out loud what their neighborhood looked like and who was around. I t brought back so many fun memories for them and one gentleman even remarked upon seeing his brother being born in the house compared to hospitals today. There were stories of when they first met their husbands/wives and special traditions. It was a fun activity! Next time, I may get the more creative ones to try to draw out some buildings and label them.

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#14856 Passed my Final!!

Posted by cindymay on 21 July 2017 - 09:11 PM

Just took my MEPAP1 final exam and passed with a 94%!  I should have read two of the questions better, I knew the answer, but read the questions wrong.  Oh well, I still passed!!

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#1168 Activity Participation Forms - discussion

Posted by Miguel on 14 October 2004 - 06:37 PM

Hey All,
I have an easy participation log and room visit log, if anyone is interested feel free to e mail me at msarasa@thevillagehemt.com and I would not mind e mailing you a copy.

Both allow you to have 3 months on one page. and I created it myself
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#7831 Looking for activities for clients to enjoy!

Posted by OceanGuy23 on 04 May 2007 - 11:17 PM

Here is a following list that might sound like fun for your male residents.
1. Poker Club, or any card games
2. Dominoes
3. Checkers
4. Sports Trivia
5. Western Movie Night
6. Bowling
7. Horseracing
8. Kickball
9. Balloon Volleyball Competition
10. Bean Bag Toss
11. Gardening
12. Puzzles, word searches, Crosswords
13. Get car magazines and reminisce about res. first car, fixing cars, etc.
14. Basketball
15. Football game and pizza (check with dietary orders)
16. Building model cars, airplanes
17. Coffee, donoughts, and current events from newspaper
18. Painting/drawing, work with clay
19. Do a "fishing" game where you have a fishing pole ( a clothing pin connected to a large stick will do) and get prizes such as stuffed animals and let them fish for those prizes. Put prizes behind something so res. cannot see what their fishing for until they pull out the prize.
20. Go for a nature stroll outside.
Hope some of these activity ideas work for your men, I know our male residents at our long term care facility love these ideas. Good luck.
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#14346 Introduction

Posted by amycorbett on 12 September 2015 - 03:42 PM

Hi my name is Amy. I'm about to complete my qualification for activities director.I currently work as a concierge part time at an assisted living community. I live in the Austin Texas area.Hello everyone!!

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#13531 Getting Residents involved

Posted by Joelle on 11 April 2012 - 08:45 PM

The best technique for me to get our residents to come to activities is to be very enthusiastic about the activity myself. I try to get them involved before the activity even begins. I try to spend alot of time getting to know each of them as well and this seems to help.

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#38 Men Activities

Posted by mandamia on 11 March 2004 - 12:11 PM

:hammer: At my assisted living home, the men are out numbered 6 to 1. I have scheduled men's breakfast for them once a month. Find a male volunteer that would enjoy a men’s discussion group. Home depot has very inexpensive craft projects it uses for the kids workshop. They are very nice and the male residents really enjoy the hands on. I am always looking for other ideas as well please keep them coming.
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#1771 Trouble Areas

Posted by Pennie on 12 January 2005 - 07:38 PM

Definetly Men's Activities. Since the population is so small, and men have a "particular way about them" I need guidance with approach and followthrough.

Mens Activities... this is an area that was hard for me... I figured out over the years that it wasnt the activity, men are simple... (Jeff Foxworthy said "men are simple, just give em a beer, and something naked. and they're happy") they dont want to play bingo they want to build a new bingo table, they want to be useful, to work, to be thanked and praised. They have lost they're position in the world, and just like youth, they want it back... badly.. if only for a second. I always approached my men residents as my doers, my work force, my "get er done" guys
I didnt stop by their rooms to ask if they wanted to play bingo, I asked them to help find something for the next activity, or help prepare the room for a meeting ... guys like nothing better than to help a lady in distress... my male residents were eventully always out and about looking for ways to help. Bird houses to hang, ballon wreaths to make... once they were out and among one another the Domino Competions started the football parties, NASCAR, projects etc.. they wrote their own activity plans....

have fun :hammer:
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#15175 Activity Calendar Creations

Posted by nnelson on 10 August 2018 - 01:10 PM

Hello Everyone, 


What types of programs or software are you guys using to create your calendars? Right now I am using Activity Connection for templates. Does anyone have other sites they use, or do you outsource?

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#14959 Working on Final Practicum Pack

Posted by mzonneville on 31 January 2018 - 01:27 PM

Good afternoon, Hope your doing well with your classes. I am from upstate New York, I live between Syracuse and Rochester. I work
in a Long Term Nursing home with 124 beds, I have 3 other staff members and have 6 common areas that we are able to do activities. If
you need continue education hours, go to some of the seminars that are available in your area, you will learn so much more and its great to have the input from those that have been in this business for a long time. They are different sites that also can help you check
out Facebook, under Activities Directors, lots of ideas that are posted often. You can find me on there as well.
Good luck with your class,

Mary Zonneville
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#14957 Working on Final Practicum Pack

Posted by kathryn1 on 31 January 2018 - 11:56 AM



My name is Kathryn and I am from Texas.

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#14539 Hi there

Posted by ashxeve on 11 June 2016 - 11:38 AM

Hi yall!

Ashley here.

I am from Beaumont, Texas and I have been an Activities Assistant as well as a Volunteer for the local Nursing Facility of Winnie, Texas.  I would love to learn from you all and see what your calendars look like and how you conduct your resident council meetings as well as staff meetings. How you develop master plans to make special events go smoothly. How you established your contacts...



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#14343 Introduction

Posted by frankrasberry on 10 September 2015 - 06:45 AM

Hello everyone My name is Frank Rasberry and  I am currently taking the MEPAP1 class with Kathy Hughes. I am doing my Final Practicum and hope to be finished with the course sometime next month. I'm hoping to set up a chat to discuss an upcoming activity that is being planned. We are having a fall festival in October and could use some ideas.

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#14140 Introduction

Posted by Pennie on 06 January 2015 - 11:53 AM

Hi Stephanie

Depending on the type of facility you work for will depend on how much paperwork will be involved. A Long Term Care Facility that is funded by CMS will require lots of paperwork & meetings. Usually a Adult Day Care or Assisted Living requires less paperwork so you could have the balance of what your wanting.

Hope this helps you. Good Luck

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#14138 Introduction

Posted by stephp on 06 January 2015 - 08:50 AM

Hi. My name is Stephanie Prough.  I am nearing the end of the MEPAP 1 online course.  I am looking forward to becoming an activity director.  I am now working as an activity assistant in a dementia unit in a facility in Central Pennsylvania.  It is hard sometimes especially in the evenings.  I work from 12pm - 8pm so I deal with a lot of sundowning and anxiety later in the day.  I really like the work though and am excited by planning fun and meaningful activities for the residents whom I have grown to love.  I am concerned that being promoted to activity director will put me in a situation where I am behind a desk doing administrative things instead of being hands on with activities.  I hope that I can find a position that is a nice mix of both aspects of the job.  I haven't seen many positions opening up in my local area though so if anyone has job search tips, I would love some advice.

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#13973 Resident Auction

Posted by Stefani on 06 April 2014 - 09:06 AM

Do you often wonder what kind of activities your loved one will be offered when they are living in the facility? Whether your loved one is here short or long term, our activity department has many different activities to offer. One of our popular activities is our resident auction. We collect many types of items for our residents. Clothes, personal hygiene items, hats, blankets, games, purses, collectables, jewelry, perfume, cosmetics and much more. As it can become costly to purchase all of these things, we accept donations from families, generous residents who love to help and donate and volunteers. If it wasn’t for them, this would not be possible. This activity lets the residents shop even when they are not able to leave the facility, purchase items as gifts for others or themselves even when they don’t have money, offers socialization, and a sense of competitiveness. For some of the other residents we have, it lets them reminisce about the great deal of time they spent at auctions or even lets a few get back in the swing of things of a previous occupation as an auctioneer. The auction is laid back and goes at a nice pace. Everyone is able to follow along, hear and there is no confusion. We accommodate the residents and answer any questions along the way. Since this activity relies on the help of others, we offer this activity every other month. In doing this, it helps us and gives us time to collect donations and wanted items that the residents are seeking.


We invite all of the residents to join and for those that do attend, each of them get $300 in fake money. We let the residents look over all of the items that are up for auction and answer any questions that they may have. Once the residents are seated and done looking over the items we start the auction. All of the bidding goes in increments of $20, so the items start at $20. The person that bids the highest wins the item. If more than one resident will bid all of their money at the same time on one item, we take the person who said it first. If residents are not interested in an item and there is no bidding on it, we will put it to the end of the auction and come back to it. This is an activity where someone usually leaves with something and usually the residents are kind enough and will even trade someone if they have something that they want. If some of the items still did not sell at auction, we will save the item and use it for next time or even use it as a prize for another game. Everyone already has an idea how auctions work so it is very easy and self explanatory and they love it!

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#13962 new ad

Posted by amandam on 13 March 2014 - 05:30 AM

Hi all!
My name is Amanda and I am a brand new AD at a 80 bed long term care facility in Ia. I'm very excited and looking to "spice up" our activity dept. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! :-)
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#11265 1:1

Posted by Ashbash31 on 08 June 2009 - 04:21 PM

For one of my 1:1's I usually go and paint her nails and she loves it. Everyone else says this lady is so mean and grumpy, but she is the sweetest little lady. She is always in a lot of pain and by painting her nails, it brightens her day and magicially the pain goes away from the short time I visit. I guess it's how you approach the residents, but this lady loves me because I take time out of my day to visit. She always can't wait for me to come back again. I have also let her try different cents of lotions and she liked that too.
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#14596 The Penny Game

Posted by ssalinas on 19 August 2016 - 04:37 PM

Sherrie Salinas   sherriebobby@gmail.com   Course ID#:  050316 


Final Practicum


The Penny Game

The Penny Game is used for socializing and fun.  We use this, especially if we get new residents to kind of break the ice or just get to know each other. It also helps the residents use and keep their reading and math skills. 

The materials needed for this game is a bunch of pennies.  A container with a lid with the questions inside. Small cups for each resident or bowl to keep their money in. Enough for at least 6 people; you can have more players if you want, but 6 is a good number.  Then you have to have at 20 to 30 questions.  The questions can be anything simple to something silly, (I will list sample questions below). Be sure to have resident seated at a table circle works best but a square one works well too.

The way you play the game is, you pass out 10 pennies to each resident. They can keep them in front of them or they can keep them in a cup, which ever works out best for them. Begin by having them read a question. If the question says Give that means that the one reading the question will give the penny to the person the question is referring too.  If the question says Take, then that means that everyone will take a penny if that question refers to them.  You keep playing until you are done with questions or your hour is up.  You can play from 30 minutes to an hour.  The person with the most pennies at the end of the game wins the game.

Here are some sample questions:  These sample questions are when the person who is reading it will have to give a penny from their cup to whoever has the color red on, or has brown hair, has been to Paris or has been on an airplane.

Give a penny to everyone who is wearing the color red.

Give a penny to everyone who has brown hair.

Give a penny if you have ever been to Paris.

Give a penny if you have been on an airplane.

The next sample questions are when you say Take.  That means everyone takes penny from the container holding all the pennies.  Here are some sample questions for this:

Take a penny if you were born in August.

Take a penny if you are wearing jewelry.

Take a penny if you love to play sports.

Take a penny if you have ever been to New York City.

Take 5 pennies if you are enjoying this game.

This is a simple and fun game.  There are really no rules and you can make up your own questions.  This really helps to keep the residents engaged and involved.  You can even make different questions to match up with the seasons, or holidays. 

I know that your residents will really enjoy this game as much as my residents enjoy it.

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