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"grown up" activities?

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We do everything imaginable at our facility. All the standards and favorites. But I have several residents who don't participate in any activities other than wine tasting and cocktail hour. I get the impression that some of my higher functioning residents feel the other offerings on the calendar are somewhat juvenile.

 

i understand that not everyone likes arts and crafts or bingo and theme parties, but I'm at a bit of a loss when it comes to adding more "adult" activities to a population that has little or no money to spend on outings and such. Like everyone, my goal is to create activity opportunities where ALL residents feel engaged.

 

Anyone out there have this problem? If so, what are you doing to get everyone stimulated? Thanks guys!

 

 

Amber

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I would ask those residents what type of activities that would attend and enjoy. See if you can't schedule or set up an activity or two based off of their suggestions. If they would like to go on outings see if they can gather a group of "x" amount to attend with them. At my facility the residents pay all or part of their ticket price for outings. See if they can pay for their tickets. Also, check around the community for programs that are free or have a minimal fee. A church in our area offers a Fine Arts Music Series and all they ask for is a free will donation. Some places will even offer group and or senior discounts.

 

I hope this helps.

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It is hard to find adult activities. One thing I do is a tea party. We have tea pots, cups and saucers that were donated. I buy some fancy cookie or cake and use tea from the kitchen. It is inexpensive.

 

We also have the local library host programs. This service is free. One of their program series was 20th century icons. It was very popular.

 

Kori

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