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#1 Shonna



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Posted 24 June 2015 - 09:01 AM

Hello, My name is Shonna Jackson I work in a Adult Daycare and I am having trouble as well with finding activities for men.


#2 tonyathomas



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Posted 01 July 2015 - 04:24 AM

We have done models, plastic, solar and wooden. We have done some as individual projects and some as a group.

We also have happy hour and chat 'n' chew. We use the conversation ball or conversation cubes while munching on snacks.

#3 jlm8977



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Posted 02 July 2015 - 11:40 AM

I was having a very hard time finding ways to get our male residents to attend activities. One day i figured it out... Ask them what they want. And do everything in your power to make it happen. Gambling id huge amoungst our male residents. They wanted to go fishing, health condition make that next to inpossible, so we went a bought pools, filled they with live trout, and our residents caught their own fish, gutted them and bbq them right up. We made a day of it. Another idea is time, some people just want to chat. Men like to get together in talk about sports, chicks, hunting, etc, really find what interest them and run with it. I have a resident who only watchs movies in his room, so i go twice a week and restock his movie collection.

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 04:59 PM

Shonna be sure to read the section under "Shared Activities" There ia a men sections that been going on for few years and several pages of replies/suggestions.

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:03 PM

Hello, My name is Troy Cochran and I am An Activity Director for a LTC facility for a 175 bed facility. I have found that many men don't enjoy being around a lot of complaining woman in activities. I have found that Men enjoy watching old Westerns, Playing Pool, and Men's Outings. Try these and let me know how it goes. Hope this helps.

#6 Bcunniff11



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Posted 23 July 2015 - 08:19 PM

Some men like painting bird houses,then you can hang them outside. We also have a male talk and toss ball. Obviously women can be included but the questions all pertain to men's interests. I agree it is harder to find activities they like.

#7 maninder



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 11:35 AM

Some men at our facility love to play cards so we do that. Others love to read so we have book club for them. We take them out for lunch once a month to a place of their choice. Some of them are involved in sports so we watch the games in a group and other time we go to golf.

#8 lisafm



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 03:46 PM

Hi all, these are all great ideas but I feel challenged in implementing them. We have about 8 men in our 100-bed skilled nursing facility. They do not seem in the least interested in socializing with other men. Some of them have lived in this area a very long time and already have strong social networks - family and church groups mainly - so I guess they just don't need to make friends. The others seem to want to keep to themselves. My sense with some of them is that they seem a little embarrassed about the loss of past strengths and capabilities, whether physical or cognitive, and this is getting in the way of their "putting themselves out there."


Any thoughts on this? As I think more about this, It is becoming clear to me that maybe we (Activity Dept) need to do more for them before we expect them to do things together. I'm still a new Activity Assistant, but I don't think there has been something like a Men's Breakfast before. Maybe something like that would break the ice...

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 06:49 PM

I've led activities for 5 years and I am also challenged to find good activities for men.  I read thru the above posts and pool, cards, fishing are great ones.  Where I currently work at a Rehab Swing Bed - Current Events is a big hit with the men.  I read the paper looking for 3 good articles for discussion.  Two articles that are thought provoking and one article that's just funny or interesting (usually local).  I write out 3 or 4 questions to for us to answer about the article and I may only read a paragraph or two before starting the discussion of ideas and then finish reading the article.  This gives people a chance to formulate ideas before knowing all the information.  It's a lot of fun.  Biggest challenge is when you get a discussion "dominator".  However, it helps you become a better discussion leader :)  Good luck!