How to… Delegate Elder Care Tasks

Raise your hand if you like asking for help. (I’m guessing that if I could see all of our readers right now, there’d be few or no hands raised.) For whatever reason, be it cultural, societal, or just ...

 
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Independent Living Activities & Programming

A full social calendar is an integral part of any independent living community. Guest lectures, golf tournaments, theme parties, happy hours, live concerts, Bridge clubs, outings, service projects, art classes – you name it, most independent senior living facilities offer it.

Most independent living facilities employ a full-time program director (the title often varies by senior living company – i.e. life enrichment coordinators, activities directors, or something unique to the facility.). ...

 
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Heartwarming Activities at Senior Living Communities

Senior living communities nationwide offer more than just three meals a day, laundry services, or medical care; a social calendar brimming with local and long-distance outings, in-house concerts, guest lectures, theme parties, game nights, holiday festivities, and other engaging activities is another great perk of choosing a senior living community for yourself or an elder loved one.

Many senior communities partner with area schools and colleges to provide inter-generational programs ...

 
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Why Activity Directors Need Respite Care

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post about activities in assisted living. The post took on a life of its own, with 44 comments and counting...

Clearly the topic of meaningful, age-appropriate activities for residents in assisted living communities (or any senior living community, for that matter) is one that provokes much discussion. New and seasoned activity professionals from across the country weighed in; they asked questions, sought advice, and ...

 
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Activities in Assisted Living: Not All Fun and Games

An opinion piece on ideas for a "different type of assisted living facility" recently caught my eye. Besides getting an e-mail alert about it, a colleague posted the piece on my Facebook page, knowing that in my former life I served as an activities director. I had to check it out.

Jan Sykes submitted the piece to The Miami County Republic and shared her activity ideas for elderly men in ...

 
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