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Burn Your Activity Calendar

OK. Maybe burning it would be going too far, but the best activities are often those that we could never plan. The best activities seem to sprout up spontaneously. While activity professionals are committed to having a lively and diverse activity calendar, it’s also important to facilitate those more spontaneous activities.

  • Have lots of options on-hand: decks of cards, puzzles, popular board games, ‘anytime activity boxes’  for on-going art, craft or service projects. A letter writing kit with different stationaries and stamps. Maybe some curious knick knacks or tchotchkes with a story. Song books, plays or sheet music. Photo albums and/or short biographies of residents are always popular. Continue reading

Funny Laws – Printable

A funny thing about laws is that they don’t just go away, so we end up with troves of outdated, irrelevant laws on the book. Laws that are initially ridiculous or incredible can lead to great conversations.

Download and print this PDF of Funny Laws.

  • Use it to start a conversation about how some of these laws ever came about.

  • If it mentions a place, ask if anyone’s ever been there.

  • Has anyone has ever been guilty of any of these ‘crimes.’

  • do they relate to anyone’s profession?

  • what should the punishments be?

Stretch it out to multiple steps by making it a crafts project:

  • Cut out each funny law like a flashcard
  • Clip a photo from a magazine to go with each law
  • Devise appropriate punishments for each crime
  • You can also laminate the whole sheet or the individual flashcards for reuse!

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Ping Pongdemonium

who knew that a dozen ping pong balls and two empty water pitchers could be so much fun.

Who’s the Aging Senior?

the aging senior is not 65. when you are 65, you are just a senior. when you are 95, you are an aging senior. by that, i mean that you become actively involved in the daily progression of your own aging. aging is a verb, and the very old don’t look like they are “doing” very much, but they are. Continue reading

Wikipedia – Now, I Know Everything

Wikipedia is one of the fundamental tools when using the internet to engage aging seniors.

arts and crafts

they are really fun…


We’ve gotta be ready for anything, and that means staying fit. exercising with seniors means getting down to the basics.

indoor sports

exercise is everything, but no one wants to do exercise videos 3 times a day. There’s a great variety of indoor sports that are cheap, fun and invigorating.

discussion groups

one of the most therapeutic things we can do is have a conversation.