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  3. Dealing With Elderly Anger Outbursts & Hostility As healthcare professionals many of us if not all has encountered a resident that is not having a good day. It is not all that unexpected however, in our line of work to experience outbursts and hostility mood swings. They may result from dissatisfaction, poor health, stress, pain, and a loss of dignity can easily lead to surprising and potentially harmful behaviors cause undue emotional hardships on both staff and residents alike. These scenarios are emotionally stressful for all parties and may need a considerable amount of energy, patience and empathy, to redirect. Research studies report that “mood disorders are frequent in old age and their prevalence is increasing with population aging.” https://companionsforseniors.com/2019/04/mood-swings-elderly-seniors/#:~:text=Another%20prominent%20research%20study%20notes,therapy%2C%20or%20a%20medication%20regimen Getting older can magnify our unique character traits, often in undesirable ways. Someone who was crabby in their younger years may be prone to full-on bouts of range in the aging years. Unfortunately, fellow residents and our professional staff members often are the target of these outbursts, and although in many cases it may seem at times as though there was no apparent clinical “trigger” such as a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or prolonged chronic pain that may be attributed to the root cause; these behaviors are non-the-less and often enough, the most challenging to overcome. Know Your Resident That said, there are tried and true strategies and techniques that you will need to master to turn around a bad day into a pleasant (uneventful) good day. Below you can learn about several well described options that offer alternatives to reduce the tension and redirect even the most “crankiest of crannies” and help preserve your own mental wellbeing in the process. Simply stated, one of the most effective “tried and true” strategies is to know your resident. A thorough and comprehensive understanding of the elements that have potential to trigger your resident long before it leads down that unwanted behavior rabbit hole will always save the day. Clearly, this is not going to happen as quickly as one would hope for but with consistent observation/evaluation and comprehensive documentation such as Behavior Logs, will greatly identify the root cause of the problem be implemented in the resident Care Plan as Behavioral Interventions. Most importantly, be mindful to ensure that every staff member (all shifts and disciplines) are aware of these triggers. Communication and consistent unilateral Interdisciplinary staff support are major factors to this success story. Note that is can take up to “TWO” weeks for a resident to give up unwanted behavior because the behavior has become a coping pattern and is all the resident knows to find comfort. How to Handle Elderly Anger Outbursts The first step to dealing with these problems is to understand that these negative emotions are not personal. Pain and disease has an undeniably strong potential to cause very inappropriate behavior. The best strategy when dealing with difficult elders has a great deal to do with (Four C’s) - communication, clarity, consistency and compassion. Be mindful that optimum communication breakdowns between staff and resident may be further compounded by receptive and expressive resident impairments. Be consistent, repetition will enforce the concept of desired change. Cursing and Abusive Language Verbal abuse and harsh language can be an even more complicated story. Profanities that are “out-of-character” are often the result of Alzheimer’s disease, which can make it particularly difficult to manage. While there’s no cure for some conditions that present cursing and abusive language, mitigating the behavior can often be achieved by using distractions in the form of redirection. For example, divert your residents swearing bout by introducing another scenario that you are certain will be well received as more desirable and enticing by your resident. Example: “Mary I need your help today to make your favorite dessert – let’s go to the kitchen to get the ingredients ready.” Paranoia and Hallucinations Residents may believe that others want to cause them personal harm. In some instances the clinical team has already noted that the resident suffers from paranoia or hallucinations or another disorder that is a known root cause. It is not uncommon for paranoid behavior to be associated with a diagnosed disease such as Alzheimer’s disease but there are other illnesses that will also lead to paranoia. In these cases, the best solution to the problem of paranoid behavior is to try and use relaxation and validation techniques. Additionally, this may need to be combined with medication management. You generally won’t be able to convince someone what they’re experiencing is unreal, and doing so may increase the residents’ frustration or anger. Note that it is reasonable to go along with the residents’ allusion when the experience in of itself is clearly pleasant and does not have the potential to cause harm to self or others. Attentive patience and consistent caring oversight has everything to do with your residents’ success story and yours. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” -Walter Elliot https://www.agingcare.com/articles/how-to-handle-an-elderly-parents-bad-behavior-138673.htm https://www.griswoldhomecare.com/blog/2015/july/dealing-with-elderly-anger-outbursts-hostility/ Have a topic request or question for Celeste? Send them over to celestechase@activitydirector.org Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2022 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W Ste 100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
  4. I have several residents that are VERY hard of hearing and blind or going blind with mild onset dementia they love to cook and needing ideas to keep them motiviated
  5. Simple Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses Icing Yields 6-8 Houses Ingredients: FOR THE HOUSES Graham crackers Sandwich-size Ziploc baggies Paper plates Candy ROYAL ICING 1 lb powdered sugar (approx. 3-4 cups) 3 egg whites ½ tsp cream of tartar (optional) Instructions To make the Royal Icing, put all ingredients in a mixing bowl and... Click Link Below for Full Recipe! RealLifeDinner.Com Gingerbread Cloud Dough Materials 8 cups flour 1/2 cup cinnamon 2 Tablespoons ginger 1 Tablespoon nutmeg 1 Tablespoon allspice 2 cups oil (you can use vegetable or baby oil) Tools Large bowl or Storage Bin Wooden Mixing Spoon Cinnamon sticks Jingle Bells Buttons Cookie Cutters Measuring cups Instructions Measure out your flour into a large bin. Add enough cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger to... Click the Link Below for Full Tutorial! SugarSpiceandGlitter.Com Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Ingredients 8-1/4 oz. (1-3/4 cups plus 2 Tbs.) flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda 2-1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Pinch salt 2-1/2 oz. (5 Tbs.) butter, softened at room temperature 1/3 cup sugar 1 large egg 3/4 cup dark molasses 3/4 cup cold water For the whipped cream: 1 cup heavy cream (not ultrapasteurized, if possible) 1/4 cup maple syrup Preparation Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×8-inch cake pan... Click on the Link Below for Full Recipe! FineCooking.Com Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W #100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
  6. Turkey Windsocks Supplies Needed to Make Turkey Windsocks: Recycled Food Can (cleaned and dried, with top and bottom removed) Brown Paint Elmer’s CraftBond Quick Dry Glue Elmer’s Medium Tip Painters Pen, Orange Large Googly Eyes Ribbons in Fall Colors Feathers, Felt, and/or Construction Paper in Fall Colors (can mix and match) Masking Tape, optional Directions: Start by painting the can brown and allowing it to... Click link below for full tutorial! HappinessisHomemade.Net How to Play Print and distribute these Thanksgiving Trivia Quiz game cards among the players along with a pen and pencil. Ask them to circle the right answer within 5 minutes. Set the timer. Ask them to put their pencils down after five minutes have passed. Check the answers using this Trivia Quiz Answer key. The person who has given all or most right answers will be the winner. Answer Key Ingredients (Serves 7-9) For the Mini Pumpkin Pies: 2 Deep Dish Frozen Pie Crusts 9 inch 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree 1/4 cup Brown Sugar 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice 1 Egg beaten 6 " Lollipop Sticks optional For the Glaze: 1/2 cup Icing Sugar 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 to 4 Tablespoons Maple Syrup Instructions For the Mini Pumpkin Pies: Defrost the frozen pie crusts on the counter for one hour... Click link below for full recipe! OneLittleProject.com Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W #100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
  7. The History of Almshouses to Nursing Homes The first almshouse in United States history was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1622. The original Boston Almshouse was burned down in 1682 and was rebuilt away from the heart of Boston nearly a decade later. Upon entering the almshouses in Connecticut, patients were whipped ten times. There were similar institutions developed from 1725–1773 in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and New York. At the Pennsylvania Hospital, some "lunatics" were chained to a cellar wall or wore primitive straitjackets. One of the biggest problems with almshouses is that they were rarely self-sustaining. They were costly to run, and the capacity of the inmates to pay for their own keep by working at the farm, or working at the almshouse itself, was greatly overestimated. There were not enough staff, facilities were not kept up, and the poor kept coming. The Evolution 1860 Before the American Civil War, local officials regulated almshouses and did not ensure the people inside them were being cared for in the proper way or given the time they needed for help. It was not until the 1860s that more progressive states such as New York began to create boards that regulated, inspected, and reported on almshouses. 1884 The statistical analysis of the Massachusetts almshouses showed four in the city of Boston and 225 almshouses throughout the state. These almshouses housed nearly 7,000 people. Of these residents, 700 were believed to have a mental illness. Half of these almshouses did not house children. Almshouses were often multiple small terraced houses or apartments providing accommodation for small numbers of residents. The units may be constructed in a "U" shape around a communal courtyard. Some facilities included a chapel for religious worship. 1878 The Newark almshouse opened in September 1878 as a branch of the Syracuse State School. It was located on 104 acres of land within the town of Newark, New Jersey, and held around 853 patients. The nine dormitory buildings that housed the patients were able to hold anywhere from 45 to 130 people. There was also a small hospital within the almshouse that could hold up to 30 patients. There were not many employees, only about 110, to take care of the hundreds of young women admitted to the almshouse. Patients were committed to the Newark State School by superintendents of the poor as well as judges who declared them insane or feeble-minded in court. By the end of the 1800s, almshouses began to be replaced by asylums and institutions. Before the nineteenth century, no age-restricted institutions existed for long-term care. Rather, elderly individuals who needed shelter because of incapacity, impoverishment, or family isolation often ended their days in an almshouse. Placed alongside the insane, the inebriated, or the homeless, they were simply categorized as part of the community's most needy recipients. Centuries in the Making 19th Century In the beginning of the nineteenth century, women's and church groups began to establish special homes for the elderly persons. Often concerned that worthy individuals of their own ethnic or religious background might end their days alongside the most despised society, they established—as the founder of Boston's Home for Aged Women (1850). Throughout the 19th century almshouses were a last resort for those who were poor, disabled, and elderly. Residents experienced mistreatment, destitution, and inhumanity. Almshouses continued into the 19th century, until activists sought to remove children, the mentally ill, and the developmentally disabled from all almshouses and increase the number of institutions, hospitals, and asylums for them to reside in. In 1910 the state of Massachusetts, reported that 2,598 persons resided in such asylums. The great majority of these individuals were widowed and single women who had lived their entire lives, or at least a great proportion, as citizens of the state. Despite the name changes and the rosy descriptions that filled the institutions' annual reports, most people hardly looked upon the almshouse as a satisfactory solution to the demands for long-term care for the elderly. By the 1950s, the intent of policymakers to destroy the hated almshouse had clearly succeeded. Most poorhouses had disappeared from the landscape, unable to survive once their inmates no longer received federal annuities. As a result, and due to the lobbying of public hospital associations, Congress amended Social Security to allow federal support to individuals in public facilities. According to investigations of the industry in the 1970s, many of these institutions provided substandard care. Lacking the required medical care, food, and attendants, they were labeled "warehouses" for the old and "junkyards" for the dying by numerous critics. 21st Century In the twenty-first century, nursing homes became a standard form of care for the most aged and incapacitated persons. Nearly 6 percent of older adults are sheltered in residential facilities that provide a wide range of care. While these aging individuals no longer face the horrors of the almshouse, the development of the modern-day industry reflects its historical roots. In establishing monthly annuities for the old and disqualifying all residents of public institutions, the creators of Social Security took direct aim at the despised poorhouse. In shutting the almshouse door, policymakers gave birth to the modern nursing-home industry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almshouse https://www.4fate.org/history.pdf Have a topic request or question for Celeste? Send them over to celestechase@activitydirector.org Next NAPT Class for Activity Director Training December 7th Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W Ste 100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
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  15. Are you looking for facility entertainer in the New York area.. well then, check out Mary Peck.. She has some great programs and lots of Entertainer Friends https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-peck-7a056330/ Keep us posted! thanks Pennie
  16. View this email in your browser Critical Element Pathway Forms The Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Critical Element Pathways (CEs) that contain guidance to assist the surveyor while investing a specific Care Area to determine whether a facility meets the associated regulatory requirements. There are currently 40 Critical Element Pathways representing a range of clinical care areas. Each Critical Element Pathway consists of three components: Guidance for observations and interviews Information about how the tool is to be used Procedures for the investigation Considerations: Did the facility adequately assess the situation? Did the facility develop an adequate Care Plan? Did the facility follow professional standards? Did the facility revise the Care Plan as necessary? Was the facility’s provision of care appropriate? “Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway” The Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway is one of the pathway guidelines used during surveys. It outlines the areas relative to a resident who displays or is diagnosed with dementia to determine if the facility provided appropriate treatment and services to meet the resident’s highest practicable physical, mental, and psycho-social well-being. In its simplest form, ‘dementia care pathway’ is the term used to describe the process of care that individuals with dementia may receive; from the moment they consult their physician with concerns about symptoms such as the loss of short-term memory to dementia diagnoses to the end of their life. Using the Form to Develop Your Dementia Program? Given the complexity and potential range of symptoms that may present with dementia (from mild to severe decline); guidance is greatly needed through best consensus practices for screening, assessment, diagnosis, and care of the dementia afflicted population. The collection of accepted and approved standards of care have been clearly laid out and outlined in the “Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway”. Consider the elements included within this form your road map to developing a quality dementia program. Taking time to be familiar with the information contained in this document will ensure that you are ready to meet specified guidelines and help you to feel confident and assured that your survey experience will go smoothly and result in positive outcomes. Advantages and Disadvantages Resident, family, and/or resident representative interviews are part of the process of investigation during this survey. It is very important for you to become the active agent to facilitate communications with all parties in the continuum of care. Failure to involve the family and/or resident in care planning and goal development will be cause for further investigation. Critical Element Pathways assist the surveyor in asking specific questions in order to determine compliance. But it should also be used to guide staff to better understand the surveyor and survey team approach. Surveyors act responsibly during the process of carefully observing something or someone in order to gain information and they possess the ability to notice things, especially significant details. That said, surveyors will also take into account; a remark, statement, or comment based on something one has seen, heard, or noticed. Given the chance, make every effort to point out all improvements and enhancements that you have implemented in the development of your dementia program to ensure that the survey is comprehensive. Although the “Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway” guidelines outline the best of quality care for the dementia population; your added input and will help you to effortlessly pass surveyor inspections. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/GuidanceforLawsAndRegulations/Nursing-Homes Have a topic request or question for Celeste? Send them over to celestechase@activitydirector.org Classes Begin Next Tuesday Nov. 2nd - Enroll at ActivityDirectorUniversity.org Classes Begin Next Tuesday Nov. 2nd - Enroll at ActivityDirectorUniversity.org Activity Resources QISstateoperationsmanual.pdfAppendix-PP-State-Operations-Manual.pdfCMS-20072_General.pdfQISstateoperationsmanual.pdfiahpc-manual-08.pdf Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W Ste100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351 Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list. Dementia Critical Pathway Form.docx
  17. What do you all think would be an appropriate monthly budget for a 120 bed facility currently housing 75 residents? Currently my budget ranges between $300 to $500.
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  19. View this email in your browser Celebrate Chia Pet Day November 29th I am sure we all remember Chia Pets. They took the world by storm years before any of us realized that the spouts they created are also mega superfood status. Have residents create their own unique chia pets and once they have fully spouted, plan a superfood feast to celebrate. These sprouts are very mildly flavored and go great on sandwiches, salads and Buddha Bowls. Celebrate International Tongue Twister Day November 8th The 14 toughest tongue-twisters in the English language Source: Morgan Cutolo , Reader's Digest 1. 'Pad kid poured curd pulled cod.' A team of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that this is the most difficult tongue twister in the world. Can you say it ten times fast? The psychologists who created this tongue twister said that people who attempted to say it either stopped right in the middle of saying it because it was too difficult or could only get through it once and weren't able to repeat it. [The Guinness Book of World Records disagrees...scroll down to see their top pick.] 2. 'Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons—balancing them badly.' 3. 'If you must cross a course cross cow across a crowded cow crossing, cross the cross coarse cow across the crowded cow crossing carefully.' 4. 'How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?' 5. 'Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie.' 6. 'Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents.' 7. 'Rory the warrior and Roger the worrier were reared wrongly in a rural brewery.' 8. 'Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.' 10. 'The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.' 11. 'The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.' [According to The Guinness Book of World Records, this is the world's hardest tongue twister, not #1 on this list. You be the judge.] 12. 'Can you can a canned can into an un-canned can like a canner can can a canned can into an un-canned can?' 13. 'Thirty-three thirsty, thundering thoroughbreds thumped Mr. Thurber on Thursday.' 14. 'Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards.' This article has been condensed for space. Check out the whole shabang below... Full Article Celebrate National Nacho Day November 5th Mmmm...nachos. This IS a day to celebrate! You can setup your nacho bar as an actual bar or you can fire up the cart for a room to room delivery service. There are two school's of thought on whether chips should be provided with melted cheddar on them or if a crock pot with liquid cheese is the way to go. For our purposes, a crock pot is probably the best bet to keep things fresh, warm and convenient. For an added perk, this lady created a Desert Nacho Bar, which I think your residents will be all about! I know I am! Next Class Starts November 2nd Visit https://activitydirectoruniversity.org for more information. Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W #100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
  20. 1. Make snowmen with marshmallows, toothpicks and edible painting markers 2. No bake clay trinket bowls with large cookie cutouts. This can be a project over a couple weeks. Use cookie cutter to make shape of trinket tray (stocking, gingerbread wo/man, ornament, etc.) curve up slightly, let dry. Next week paint and decorate. Give as gifts or keep 3. Depending on size of facility, can buy Small christmas trees and small decorations-have a christmas tree decorating contest in groups. Post in lobby. Make an annual event. Have a staff lead each group.
  21. Activities, Life Enrichment directors: I am the composer and producer of a unique never-released 45 minute 1938 silent sci-fi film, "As the Earth Turns." The film has a a great story, fun for all ages movie with effects like "Flash Gordon" and "Things to Come". The film is in distribution (I own it, along with the filmmakers film-estate), and I am offering virtual (Zoom) or in-person screenings for retirement homes and communities along with never-before-seen bonus features and live Q&A. I also have an award-winning 14 minute mini-documentary about the filmmaker, Richard Lyford, who made this film in Seattle when he was 20 years old! The backstory on him, the film, and how I got involved is amazing! This is a limited opportunity, and perfect for the season. Screenings are available throughout the day and early evening (I am PST). I have posters and PR you can print to promote your event. If you are interested in getting more information about this presentation, please contact me. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you, Ed Hartman https://www.astheearthturns.com/ https://edhartmanmusic.com/as-the-earth-turns-live-online-presentation
  22. View this email in your browser Entertaining Residents on the Weekend Take a quick tour through the Activity Directors Network Facebook feed and you will find the common topic of entertaining bored residents over the weekend. Peppered into some of the suggestions, hints of frustration poke though about the idea that Activity Directors are somehow expected to entertain the residents 24/7. Of course, this is not possible, but it does suggest an insatiable entertainment need for some of our more active residents. Let’s look at some of the fantastic suggestions made by some of our fellow Activity Directors: Open Closet Create an accessible closet stocked with items for entertainment and add or rotate new items in. Items to include: Boardgames Video Game Player and Games Packs of Playing Cards Word Games Magazines Books Blank Greeting Cards Art Supplies (for painting, drawing, collage work, coloring, crafting) Paint by Number Movies Radio Boredom Packets A couple of the comments mentioned creating packets that the residents could grab and work on whenever they choose. You could make it a contest or have them turn them in for a treat or prize on Mondays as incentive, but if you can make them interesting enough with some sort of hook you may not need to. Items to include in your packet: Interesting Articles Funny Stories Riddles Journal Page Coloring Pages Trivia Look and Find Crossword Word Search Weekly Newsletter Health Brochures Scavenger Hunt Set a scavenger hunt for the residents to do over the weekend. One AD mentioned she hid pictures all over the facility and the residents had to find each one of them. Those that found all of them, received a prize on Monday. We made a FREE Halloween Scavenger Hunt for you to use with your residents this weekend! Click below for a printout of the pictures for hiding and the form to hand out to interested residents. FREE Activity Worksheets Movies Everybody loves a movie, especially on the weekend. This one is always a biggie and with the right movie selection it can be a serious weekend event. Keep your movies fresh and circulate new options constantly. Surprise your residents often by adding to your classic movie selection. This is an easy event to get help pulling off. You only need one volunteer to pop some popcorn and get the movie going. Where to Watch Classic Movies Online: The 7 Best Sites and Services Source: WhatNerd.Com 1. Criterion Channel As the name suggests, the Criterion Channel is a digital streaming version of the Criterion Collection of films. You won’t find every single film in the collection here, but new movies do rotate in and out each month. The selection is large however and doesn’t just include the films themselves but features around various movies and film in general. At $10.99/month or $99/year, this is a major value for film buffs. 2. Watch TCM No, I’m not just suggesting that you watch the Turner Classic Movies channel on your TV provider of choice. Watch TCM is a TV Everywhere app that lets you sign in with your TV provider and then watch movies on demand at no extra cost. The only downside of this service is that modern streaming cable replacements like Sling TV don’t seem to be supported, so this is only for those with cable or satellite TV. 3. Fandor Self-described as a service for movie lovers, the main emphasis of Fandor is on independent and foreign movies. This includes several classic films as well, which make up a sizable portion of the more than 4,000 movies offered via the service. This is one of the more affordable services on this list too, costing just $5.99/month or $49/year. 4. Kanopy If you have a library card, you need to be using Kanopy. This service works with libraries and universities throughout the US to provide streaming movies for members. This includes a wide range of various films, but it includes a large library of classics. 5. Archive.org You may know Archive.org at the home of the Wayback Machine, but as the name says, it’s an archive of various sorts of digital media. This includes a vast selection of public domain films. If you’re a fan of shorts from this time period, the Prelinger Archives are hosted here as well, with various educational and promotional short films to keep you busy for hours on end. 6. Netflix Classics While the selection isn’t what it used to be, you can still find some classic movies on Netflix. Depending on how you access the service, they can be difficult to find. One of the easiest ways is to hop on to your computer and point your browser to the website, then select Classics from the genre selector. Some of the movies you’ll find are newer than what I think of when I think of classics, but you may view this as a plus. 7. Hulu Classics There was a time when Hulu was one of the best streaming services for classic movies, as it hosted much of the Criterion Collection. Now that that’s a separate service, you won’t find many of them on Hulu any longer. That said, there are still a fair number of classic films available on the service. If you subscribe to Starz, either as an add-on or as part of Hulu with Live TV, the number of classics available grows considerably. Don’t Forget About Discs If you’ve got DVD copies of older films, don’t just assume that a streaming version will look better. In some cases, the streaming version won’t look any better than your DVD copy, and it could even look worse. If you have a Blu-ray, it will almost certainly look better than streaming. Hire Entertainers If you are able to hire entertainers or book special volunteers at least one weekend a month your residents will be thrilled! The question is where to find these entertainers. Some are fairly easy to find through forums, Facebook, internet searches, or word of mouth. Other’s however may not present as Entertainers but are. See examples to catch my drift: Book Club- Read a book written by a local author and invite the author in for a reading and book signing. Cake Decorating- Invite a local baker to come in and do a cupcake decorating demonstration. Adaptive Fitness- Ask a local trainer from a gym to come in and show the residents some low impact moves they can do to stay more active. Church Choir- Live music is loved by most. Invite a local singing group or choir to come and put on a performance for your residents. Computer Class- Invite someone from a local technology store or computer repair shop to come in a give a lesson on how to use the computer for a specific purpose (ie edit photos, search The Met’s database for art, find good book suggestions on Goodreads.com, etc.) Oktoberfest- Invite someone from a local brewery to have a tasting and discuss the process for making beer. We just added a new section to the Forum for Facility Entertainers. Add any you have used or have heard of to help each other out. The list will grow from here! Facility Entertainers Forum Activity Directors Network was founded in 1996 on the idea that we could help create elderly care that dramatically improved the lives of those we all serve. We envision facilities that feel like homes and that celebrate our resident’s individuality and allows them to live with dignity, purpose and joy. We believe the exchange of education and wisdom between the most talented teachers and passionate students is the way to make an impact. Each and every single one of you are the revolution that is changing everything. Thanks for being a part of The Network. Copyright © 2021 Activity Directors Network, LLC All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: 2810 US HWY 190 W #100-A9 Livingston, Texas 77351
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  25. Hello! I am Mike Smolka. I am the Owner of Photo Finish Racing, the board game... The BIIIG board game! I make contact with you on the referral from Rhonda Cap, the Activities Director at Leisure World AZ, here in Mesa. We have arranged to schedule a Kentucky Derby style event here and Photo Finish Racing will be the center piece of this activity. Quite by happenstance, I was able to introduce the game in person to Rhonda and her assistant, Jamie, and they agreed that this game would be a terrific fit among other community activities they offer. They suggested I reach out to a larger audience... and here we are! My father invented the game originally over 70 years ago, but we just recently have finally brought it to market.... VERY FEW people have ever heard of us... until now.... We feature a HUGE playing surface and the simple but effective rules promote ENGAGEMENT among everyone present... Please see (ME! in our short tutorial video) at PhotoFinishRacing.com under the Rules tab. Easy to Learn, Easy to Play, and COMPLETELY ENGAGING THROUGHOUT! What questions might this extended community have for me? Thank you again, Mike "Smoke" Smolka Owner/President Photo Finish Racing... and Proud Sponsor of the PDJF -Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund
  26. Activity Director Needed - Facility is WhiteOak of Lancaster North Carolina Ask for Brittany...
  27. Hi Nicole I read a lot about this some time back. I am not sure where it stands now. May I suggest you go to our FB page & ask this question lots ppl using it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/117636186862
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