• Most Creative Activity Carts

    Hello! I hope everyone is surviving Lockdown at their homes. It has been a truly crazy, crazy year. I can definitely say we have all learned to get a little …creative. With many of us unable to conduct group activities as we are used to, we have started a Creative Cart Revolution and I’m here for it! I do hope that if you haven’t joined this revolution, you will find inspiration here. I’m so thankful to all the wonderful men and women that have shared their lovely creations with me for this post. There are truly a LOT of creative people out there, cheers to you! I won’t ramble on,…

  • 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 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:

  • 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…

  • 5 Free Resources for Activity Planners

    As an Activity Coordinator, I definitely know how it is to work under a budget and as a former teacher, I know how it is to work with practically no budget too! So I’ve compiled a short list (I’m sure I’ll add to as I think of them) of some free resources that any Activity Coordinator or Director can use. 1.http://www.supercoloring.com Website for drawing tutorials and printer friendly coloring sheets. The drawing tutorials in particular have been well received in my activities. 2.http://www.youtube.com Why is YouTube great? You can find literally almost any kind of videos. There are simulated travel videos, my group loves these, you can travel to so…

  • 5 Ways to Prevent or Prolong the Onset of Alzheimer’s

    Just Some Quick Background about the Genetics/causes of the Disease There is an undoubtable link between genetics and Alzheimer’s disease. In looking at genetic studies about diseases and risk factors, 2 categories are important, risk genes and deterministic genes (https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers/causes-and-risk-factors). Risk genes make someone more likely to develop the disease, an increased risk but not a guarantee. Deterministic genes cause the disease, flat out, if you have these particular type of genes for a certain disease, you are guaranteed to have or develop the disease. The great news is that according to www.alz.org, less than 1% of all cases of Alzheimer’s Disease are caused by deterministic genes. That means that…

  • 5 Great Exercise DVDs for the Elderly

    These are all resources that I use personally at our facility. I’ve gotten great feedback on these programs from the residents, so I thought I’d share! If you see a program that would work for your group, simply click the photo for the link. All links are through Amazon, I almost exclusively use them when buying products for my facility because their return policy is so easy and quick just in case it doesn’t work out. My residents love this workout because it shows both standing exercises and chair exercise options, so everyone can participate together. You do only 30 second bursts of activity followed by a short cool down.…

  • 12 Perfect Gifts for the Elderly

    Gifts they will not only use, but will enjoy! *For your convenience, links to products can be found by clicking on the images* 1.  Joy For All Therapy Companion This is a perfect gift for a loved one who is lonely or who had to give up a pet when they moved into a care facility.  We personally use these quite often at my facility and they are always a big hit with the residents.  They come in a variety of styles and colors.  They are on the expensive side (between $99 – $120) however for the responsiveness and quality, I do think it’s a fair price for what you…