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My name is Darcy Graves and I am all out of fresh games to play with my tenants, I am at an Assisted living Center and the average age of my tenants are in their upper 90's! Most of them want to sleep, or just stay in their rooms. Any ideas on how to get them out? I love my job but this is getting very tiresom having activities and only 2 or 3 show up and I have about 34 tenants. I remind them with dailies, a weekly calendar and a monthly calendar!!! I also take sugguestions at tenant council and they still don't come out! wish me luck!! Darcy Marie

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Hello,

My name is Darcy Graves and I am all out of fresh games to play with my tenants, I am at an Assisted living Center and the average age of my tenants are in their upper 90's! Most of them want to sleep, or just stay in their rooms. Any ideas on how to get them out? I love my job but this is getting very tiresom having activities and only 2 or 3 show up and I have about 34 tenants. I remind them with dailies, a weekly calendar and a monthly calendar!!! I also take sugguestions at tenant council and they still don't come out! wish me luck!! Darcy Marie

 

This website has a new chair exercise title; Stars & Stripes Fitnesscize that is great...there's patriotic tunes they LOVE and the moves are pretty simple but they get them moving which is what we want! :0 Just go to the

bookstore and click on the FitXpress link.

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I would like to have a little more information! What do you have for a budget? Do your tenants like to do things where they receive a prize? Do you have primarily men or women? What type of games are you currently doing?

 

With the lack of all that information, it is a lttle difficult to answer your question; the main reason being making suggestions and having those being the same things you are doing now. Also knowing my residents, prizes and food are key to getting more of them to participate.

 

First I would like to pass on a little information I received at a conference I attended not too long ago. Our residents, clients, tenants (or whatever your facilities call the elderly we serve) are no matter how hard we try; living in a structured environment. They have staff telling them when to eat, when to get dressed, when to go to bed, when to come to activities etc. Even in the Eden and Eden - Like environments, there is structure "It's time to take your meds". Anyhow you get the point. The presenter at the conference explain to us that if we as activity professionals, either Activity Directors or Recreation Therapists did an in-depth survey of all our residents, we would find that the majority of them never went to bingo until they were admitted to our facilities; yet it is the most popular activity on the calendar! Why? Because it is the only part of their day that is unpredictable! Yes, it is at the same time, same day every week and yes, we tell them how long they can play, how many cards they can play and how many times they can win, BUT they don't know until they play if they are going to win or not! That's what makes it unpredictable! All other times of their lives someone is telling them what to do and when to do it and they know what to expect when.

 

My point is, we as activity professionals need and can make other activities just as unpredictable to get more residents to attend. Don't get me wrong, it won't be the turn out like bingo but you can and will see your numbers rise.

 

For example, most of us do trivia with our residents and most of us grab coffee or other beverages and maybe a snack, sit around a table and "reminisce" with the residents while asking trivia questions. Great! Gets their brains working and promotes socialization. But truthfully how many are sitting at your table?

 

I love getting my residents thinking and the more in my activity room the better so here's one idea that I did to replace the "Round Table Trivia Time". I bought two pieces of poster board, taped them together so I have one long poster board. I covered the poster board with clear contact paper so I can use wet erase markers on it and use it for several different activities.

 

Valentines Day is coming up so I may put on the Activity calendar "Race to the Town Social Trivia". I take the long poster board and start at the bottom left corner and draw a race track up the left side, across the top and down the right side, with a start gate and a finish line. I have two Valentine People, one man, one woman and I give them a name "Blooming Betty" and "Blushing Bob". They have to be kind of small so they fit on your track (they are just graphics printed off the computer or you can draw stick people - doesn't matter as long as you have something to move up the track). I use tape so I can move them up the track.

 

Gather everyone that is going to play, split into two teams. One will be "Blooming Betty" and the other will be "Blushing Bob". Gather all your trivia books cards, etc. Start with the first team asking any question, if they answer they move up the track one spot, if they don't know the answer the other team gets a chance to answer. If they answer, they move up a spot. Then it is the second teams question. Keep in mind to alternate teams and remember who didn't answer and who had the chance to answer the other teams question! That way you don't skip anyones turn! The first team to the finish line wins and everyone on the team gets a prize.

 

For this game, I give small prizes, small knick-knacks, beanie babies, small snacks etc. This is one of the unpredictables! They don't know if they are going to win and they don't know what their prize will be because I give something different everytime!

 

This is just one example of how you can change things up a bit to get your attendance up. Let us know what you are already trying and maybe we can add new ideas!

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I would like to have a little more information! What do you have for a budget? Do your tenants like to do things where they receive a prize? Do you have primarily men or women? What type of games are you currently doing?

 

With the lack of all that information, it is a lttle difficult to answer your question; the main reason being making suggestions and having those being the same things you are doing now. Also knowing my residents, prizes and food are key to getting more of them to participate.

 

First I would like to pass on a little information I received at a conference I attended not too long ago. Our residents, clients, tenants (or whatever your facilities call the elderly we serve) are no matter how hard we try; living in a structured environment. They have staff telling them when to eat, when to get dressed, when to go to bed, when to come to activities etc. Even in the Eden and Eden - Like environments, there is structure "It's time to take your meds". Anyhow you get the point. The presenter at the conference explain to us that if we as activity professionals, either Activity Directors or Recreation Therapists did an in-depth survey of all our residents, we would find that the majority of them never went to bingo until they were admitted to our facilities; yet it is the most popular activity on the calendar! Why? Because it is the only part of their day that is unpredictable! Yes, it is at the same time, same day every week and yes, we tell them how long they can play, how many cards they can play and how many times they can win, BUT they don't know until they play if they are going to win or not! That's what makes it unpredictable! All other times of their lives someone is telling them what to do and when to do it and they know what to expect when.

 

My point is, we as activity professionals need and can make other activities just as unpredictable to get more residents to attend. Don't get me wrong, it won't be the turn out like bingo but you can and will see your numbers rise.

 

For example, most of us do trivia with our residents and most of us grab coffee or other beverages and maybe a snack, sit around a table and "reminisce" with the residents while asking trivia questions. Great! Gets their brains working and promotes socialization. But truthfully how many are sitting at your table?

 

I love getting my residents thinking and the more in my activity room the better so here's one idea that I did to replace the "Round Table Trivia Time". I bought two pieces of poster board, taped them together so I have one long poster board. I covered the poster board with clear contact paper so I can use wet erase markers on it and use it for several different activities.

 

Valentines Day is coming up so I may put on the Activity calendar "Race to the Town Social Trivia". I take the long poster board and start at the bottom left corner and draw a race track up the left side, across the top and down the right side, with a start gate and a finish line. I have two Valentine People, one man, one woman and I give them a name "Blooming Betty" and "Blushing Bob". They have to be kind of small so they fit on your track (they are just graphics printed off the computer or you can draw stick people - doesn't matter as long as you have something to move up the track). I use tape so I can move them up the track.

 

Gather everyone that is going to play, split into two teams. One will be "Blooming Betty" and the other will be "Blushing Bob". Gather all your trivia books cards, etc. Start with the first team asking any question, if they answer they move up the track one spot, if they don't know the answer the other team gets a chance to answer. If they answer, they move up a spot. Then it is the second teams question. Keep in mind to alternate teams and remember who didn't answer and who had the chance to answer the other teams question! That way you don't skip anyones turn! The first team to the finish line wins and everyone on the team gets a prize.

 

For this game, I give small prizes, small knick-knacks, beanie babies, small snacks etc. This is one of the unpredictables! They don't know if they are going to win and they don't know what their prize will be because I give something different everytime!

 

This is just one example of how you can change things up a bit to get your attendance up. Let us know what you are already trying and maybe we can add new ideas!

 

Thank you SOOOO much....your amazing! To answer your questions I am not sure of my budget! I just ask if i can get it, do it, etc....and my Executive Director tells me yes or no!....They love activities with prizes, I have mostly women but one man that is 64 that has cerebral palsy who comes to everything! I started doing a twister game where you throw a ball at the board and if it lands on the right color they win that prize....(Which I got from one of my friends that's an AD as well)...I call it Twister with a Twist.

I do Dear Abby, Coffee Groups, Social Hour, We play the WII , Wheel of Fortune, Dice games, Trivia Days.. that is just a few...and yes I do Bingo Every other Monday and every Friday! I have also noticed that my tenants don't like to have their brians stimulated with trivia questions!, but my 64 yr old friend loves to be challenged!!!! I do alot of one on ones with him asking him crazy questions, which he loves!!!

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Thank you SOOOO much....your amazing! To answer your questions I am not sure of my budget! I just ask if i can get it, do it, etc....and my Executive Director tells me yes or no!....They love activities with prizes, I have mostly women but one man that is 64 that has cerebral palsy who comes to everything! I started doing a twister game where you throw a ball at the board and if it lands on the right color they win that prize....(Which I got from one of my friends that's an AD as well)...I call it Twister with a Twist.

I do Dear Abby, Coffee Groups, Social Hour, We play the WII , Wheel of Fortune, Dice games, Trivia Days.. that is just a few...and yes I do Bingo Every other Monday and every Friday! I have also noticed that my tenants don't like to have their brians stimulated with trivia questions!, but my 64 yr old friend loves to be challenged!!!! I do alot of one on ones with him asking him crazy questions, which he loves!!!

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I was reading your post and was surprised by your comment that your tenants don't like to have their brains stimulated with trivia questions, I have seen some inappropriate trivia books that ask questions that no one could possibly know the answer to (or even care to know the answers) subjects that are not rooted in their generation. I urge you to leave me your e mail address or fax number ....I will send you some free pages from memorystreets (senior question and answer books) that you can use with your tenants...I guarantee you will get a good response. You can contact me on my website or leave your info on this forum and I will glad to send them to you. kimandjim9@comcast.net

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I was reading your post and was surprised by your comment that your tenants don't like to have their brains stimulated with trivia questions, I have seen some inappropriate trivia books that ask questions that no one could possibly know the answer to (or even care to know the answers) subjects that are not rooted in their generation. I urge you to leave me your e mail address or fax number ....I will send you some free pages from memorystreets (senior question and answer books) that you can use with your tenants...I guarantee you will get a good response. You can contact me on my website or leave your info on this forum and I will glad to send them to you. kimandjim9@comcast.net

 

I sent you an email!!!! Thanks so much!!!

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