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Hi all,


I'm planning a week of activities of the decades. 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, & 70's.


Does anybody have any ideas to share? We are doing this during National Nursing Home Week. For the 50's we are having an entertainer. That is the only for sure activity that I know I'm doing. I think we are going to to tie dye shirts for the 70's. We will also be having trivia contests for the residents as well.


Looking forward to hearing your ideas.



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How about some food-related programs? Serve root-beer floats, find out when Coke/Pepsi first came out & offer cans of pop. We celebrated McDonald's anniversary one year by getting Happy Meals for all of our residents (60 bed facility, might not work for larger facilities). Or - go w/ a "Drive-In" meal, serve Hamburgers, French Fries, Milkshakes from your own Dietary Dept. Definately go w/ the music & trivia. Expand some of the music into "Name That Tune" for the era. Do you know any antique car groups in your area that would be willing to do a parade of cars for your facility - that would cover many decades. How about encouraging staff, volunteers, & residents to dress up in the era? Our staff LOVE to dress up for what ever reason they can. Sounds like a fun week!

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I did a 50's theme one year as well for natl nursing home week. I had a "Sock Hop" party complete with the poodle skirts (you'd be amazed what you can get some families to participate in.) We served floats, banana splits and played records from the 50's donated by families and also bought at the Goodwill and Salvation Army.


We had a hula hoop contest (the maintenance director won, hahaha!) A twist contest and tons of other activities.

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In 19030's you had the Great Depression and Wall Street Crash. There was also the "Slang" used in the 30's you could do word seach, trivia or whatever using some of these words:

Baddy (1977) A criminal or desperado (A Bad Man) A villian in a play. A person of bas character

Bonk (1931) To hit (a soild surface or bony part of the body) resoundingly with or against something hard.

Blat (1932) A Newspaper

Chizz (1935) Chisel So Chizzer, a swindler: Chizzing a cheat

Clip-Joint (1933) A club, bar chrging outrageous prices. A clip-joint in New York usually preying on the out of towners.

Crackers (1928) Mad, crazy I will go "crackers" (Mad) if anything happens to Ted.

Dong (1930) Penis (Might not want to use this one?!)

Dozzer (1930) Doozy

Dumb Cluck (1929) A dumb or stupid person, fool.

Emcee (1933) The names of the letter M and C, used to denote the master of cermonies, the introducer of a show or other form of entertainment.

Eighty-six (1936) In resturant and bars, an expression used indicat ing that supply of an item is exhuasted, or that a customer is not to be served; also, a customer

to be refused sevice

Flat-out (1930) To be for something. I am "flat-out" for playing bingo.

Fringer (1938) One who is on the fringe. Picked up a bit of living by introducing snob-conscious to the social fringers.

Glam (1936) The abbre. for glamorous.

Gee (1936) Opium or so similar drug. Geed-up drugged up.

Hackie (1937) A taxi driver

hep-cat/hepster (1938) An addict of jazz or swing music; one who is hep - hipter. He is a "hep-cat" on swing music. (know all about it)

Hunh (1935) Used as an intensifier after a question. You got mo'poison in yun than dat snake dat wuz so poison that he bit de railroad track and killed the de train, huhn?

Hoo-ha (1931) A rumous, commotion, row That gal always starts a hoo-ha.

Hot Damn (1936 ) A intensified form of "damn" Hot damn, listen

Itsy-bitsy (1938) Small, tiny, (charmingly) insubstantial.

Iffy (1937) Doubtful, full of "ifs"

Juke (1933) To dance at a juke-joint or to the music of a juke box.

Juke (1935) A roadhouse or brother, a cheap roadside establishment provoding food, drinks and music.

Jeeves (1930) A person who does a prefect job, courtesy. That waiter was jeeves-like.

Killer-Diller (1938) A Killer. A musician shudder when a radio announcer his song as a "killer-diller"

Lucky (1940) Lucky Strike cigarette

Modoc (1936) A flashy chap wearing a helmet, goggles and usually leather boots with riding breches. Talking about the big things he is going to do for avi ation.

Moxie (1930) Guts, courage, nerve. I alway thought that he was a moxie (nerve) guy.

Mojo (1935) An addict's name for any type of drugs.

Nada (1933) Nothing, non-existence; a stae or condition. He knew it was nada.

Not at all (1936) Don't mention it.

** I should not put this one here but it so funnt I can't help it* Nibcocked (1939) Having a penis like the point of a pen. The Enlish poets now are such a pinlegged, nibcocked, paperhearted crowd that you could blow them down with one bellow out of a done lung.

Nitwitted (1931) A lack of intelligence. Stupidity.

Off Base (1936) Surprise, mistake, caught off gaurd.

Oomph (1937) Sex appeal, glamour, attractiveness.

Payola (1938) A secret payment or bribe.

Preggy (1938) Pregnant

queeny (1936) One who talks like they think they are a queen.

Raggy (1933) ragtime music. At the age of 16 she listen to "raggy".

Raunchy (1939) Incompentant, sloopy, unpleasant, mean, dirty. No matter how good or "raunchy" we were we practiced for 3 hours a day.

Schlepper (1934) A person of little worth, a fool, a jerk, a beggar, an untidy person. A customer who goes shops store to store trying on shoes but not buying anything is known as a "scheppler".

Skid row (1931) Any run down area of a town.

Swaccked (1932) Drunk. Man is he "swaccked".

Smooch (1932) Kiss, neck, pet. We "smooched" while we were slow dancing.

Thataboy (1936) Exclamation of encouragement or admiration: Attaaboy

Toots (1936) A girl or woman. Used in families here and there as a nickname or a term of endearment. Hello "toots".

Up-do (1938) A style women had their hair done in. Sweep up and securing it away from the face and neck. The "up-do" is so snazzy.

Whammo (1932) An exclamation suggestion a sudden violetn blow or surprising event.

Woofer (1934) US black slang; Woofer applies to someone who talks constantly, loudly, and in a convincing manner, but says very little.

Weepie (1928) A sentimental film, story or play. That movie was so "weepie".


Well now we can all go back to skid row and cause a hoo-ha by off basing all of our residents with itsy-bitsy slang. They will say we are either moxie or swaccked.


The comics for 1930's: Krazy kat, Dick Tracy, popey, Little Orphan Annie, Buck Rogers and Superman.


Have fun,


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