• 10+ Cognitive Activities To Keep Elderly Mentally Stimulated During Lockdown

    One of the biggest concerns I have for my residents during a lockdown situation is not only their physical health, but their mental health. That includes their cognitive functioning. Often in a lockdown, activities are reduced and socializing is greatly reduced, this means that our elders are not getting the mental stimulation they are accustomed to. Without that regular cognitive stimulation, they can experience dramatic cognitive decline, and surprisingly quickly. To combat this risk, I’ve compiled a list of several stimulating activities to get those neurons firing. Of course, please don’t neglect crafts, self care and other activities; you’d be surprised how many cognitive skills you can work on with…

  • 10 Crafts To Do During Lockdown

    As cases of the virus become more and more common, our daily routines become more and more uncommon, we are all searching for ways to cope. Here is a list of simple crafts that you can do in small groups or one on one to help boost morale among your elders as well as provide some mental stimulation. Please note, I have included links to resources (with permission) where I can, as well as pictures. These are not affiliate links in this article, I’m just trying to provide as much resources as I can. I will be adding more pictures and resources in the coming days as I acquire permission…

  • 10 Independent Activities For Seniors

    As an Activity Coordinator, things can get really busy and there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.  It’s hard to sneak away time at your desk for notes or planning because every activity is so hands on.  Well, I have come up with a list of 10 activities most seniors should be able to do independently so you can take some time to work at your desk, plan activities or just catch up on emails.   1. Gardening Club I just set out supplies on a table, zip lock of dirt, flower pot, seeds, water, maybe some small plants.  Sometimes I leave markers, stickers or paint so…

  • August Activity Calendar

    August is a month to enjoy the last bit of summer before we welcome the fall. Here are some highlights from our August Calendar: *We are organizing a Back to School Supplies Drive for our local schools. *Watermelon Social & Games *Wellness Festival *Making Vinyl Record Clocks *Making Picture Puzzles This calendar also includes 9 socials/parties, 6 crafts, 14 exercise ideas and more! Download Below:

  • Space Activity Packet

    In honor of National Moon Day, July 20th 2019, I have created some fun games to share. Because National Moon Day falls on a weekend this year, I created these with intent to leave on our activity table in our main room for my residents to enjoy independently. I also left a basket of MoonPie cookies, because it was just too cute not to. Included in the download are: Space themed Picture Find, Word in a Word, Word Scramble and Word Search. I intended these for independent fun, however, these would be great for some occupational therapy or one-on-one sessions. Hope you enjoy!

  • BEACH Bingo Game!

    How do you make a regular Bingo night more fun? Make it themed! This is BEACH Bingo, I’ve made 50 cards, plus a blank one just in case. To amp up the fun, I will be decorating the tables with some beach themed items I had in our storage. I did find some of what I have on Amazon, so I linked it below the Bingo game. I will be serving blue punch with plastic fish ice cubes floating in it to represent the ocean. For snacks, we will have goldfish (classic I know) served in a beach pail, a SMORE station and watermelon pops. I’m keeping it simple with…

  • July Activity Calendar

    Here is my July 2019 Activity Calendar for seniors. There are many exercise class options, craft ideas, games, socials/party ideas and more! This is meant to help other Activity Directors and Planners save some time and gather some fresh ideas for their assisted living and senior care facilities. This month in America celebrates 4th of July, I have included craft, social and music activity ideas for this holiday. Please check out my Pinterest Page https://www.pinterest.com/lovelaughandbingo/ for more ideas of Fourth of July party decorations and snacks! Also, I’ll be posting some July themed trivia, word games, BEACH Bingo and more, so keep your eye out for those! What are you…

  • 10 Easy And Free Group Activities For Seniors

    Some of my favorite activities are large group activities. I love having everyone in one big room having fun together. Also, sometimes we are short handed or it’s been a very active week and the residents still need activities but maybe not such physical activities. I have come up with 10 easy to plan group activities that everyone can participate in and enjoy, no matter their ability level. Auction To prepare for this fun activity, I ask the residents to donate items such as clothes, purses, blankets, books, puzzles, etc that they no longer use to the auction to be “bought” by someone else. I obviously work as a quality…