Engaging and Entertaining your Residents through TED Talks: Part 2

Previously, we talked about using TED talks to get your senior population out of their rooms and away from the television while thinking and discussing new topics. Today, we’re offering some ideas for specific talks to show at your facility. We’ve put together some suggestions on a variety of topics, running the gamut from inspirational to humorous. These talks make great jumping off points for discussions, and can help your senior population stay engaged and in the loop. Read more to see our suggested TED Talks……

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Promoting Safe Driving Among Seniors

As a group, seniors generally practice safe driving behaviors: they’re more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to speed or drive while under the influence of alcohol. However, despite these commendable driving habits, seniors are at greater risk than most age groups of being seriously injured while driving. See what you can do to help educate your senior population in safe driving……

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Professionalism and Great Customer Service

As activity directors, our profession is more important now than ever before. As we enter the “Silver Tsunami” and the first wave of baby boomers continues to retire, senior care is a large and quickly growing industry, with 5 billion dollars in economic activity. What does this tell us? As activity directors, we have a great impact. As the senior care industry continues to grow, we will be a force to be reckoned with and we need to claim our profession….

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Helping Seniors Engage with Technology for Better Well-Being

In a world where many people are separated from loved ones by great distances, people are increasingly relying on technology to stay in touch with friends and family. This poses a special challenge for the senior community, as only 53% of seniors today actively engage with the internet. This means that nearly half of seniors are missing out on a huge opportunity to enrich their lives and stay connected with family and friends. See great ideas to make this happen……

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Social Connections: Living a Longer, Better Life.

If we take a moment to think about all of the change and new experiences our seniors have gone through since the times they have lived before us, it’s remarkable. Not only have most of them experienced the loss of a spouse or loved one, but they have also left the comfort and reality of their own home and most of their precious belongings. Most of us spend our whole lives collecting wonderful things and memories, building great relationships and creating meaning out of our lives. Often times, we aren’t prepared to face phases of change. FInd out how to face those changes while staying connected……

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How Do You Recognize Your Volunteers?

April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week. This is the perfect time of year to show your volunteers how much you appreciate them and the hard work that they do. Our jobs as Activity Directors would be much more difficult without our volunteer help. Volunteers are vital to senior living communities and provide many benefits. Here are some of our favorite ways to show recognition and thanks to volunteers……

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Provide Great Entertainment for a Mother’s Day Event

On Mother’s Day we honor the most important ladies in our lives. What better way to do that than to provide great entertainment for any Mother’s Day event you are hosting. Music sets the tone for any event and it’s important to hire a class act. Two of our favorite Event Providers are Tara Brueske and Cindi Scheffler. We guarantee that you will not be disappointed if you hire them for your Mother’s Day soiree. Find out more……

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Boosting our Seniors’ Cognition with YouTube, the Wii, and Google

Many of us are now embracing technology and using it to interact with our seniors. In some cases we are focusing on technology for facilitating activity groups. We are using the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and our own computers. For the most part, our senior population is embracing this new way of interacting together. They get excited about participating in things that they see their families and grandkids doing. I think it makes them feel like they are in the loop- a good place to be! Let’s boost our seniors’ cognition with YouTube, the Wii and Google! Here are some examples of how to make that work….

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