Is Music Therapy the New Medication?

For seniors with an abundance of free time, listening to music a wonderful way for them to pass the time, allowing them to relax and stay entertained, as well as connecting with old memories. But did you know that listening to music is more than just an enjoyable pastime? As it turns out, scientific studies have shown that music can be used leveraged for some serious health benefits….

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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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Sex Education for Our Senior Population

We know. You never thought you’d have to sit through another sex education class after you survived high school. It’s time again to revisit a little of that education with our maturity in mind. Recently, we have seen a rapid rise of sexually transmitted diseases in our senior population. What is more concerning than this fact, is the lack of education, awareness and conversation around this new trend….

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Videogames are Good for Our Seniors’ Brain: Use it or Lose it

In a recent study by North Carolina State University’s Gains Through Gaming lab tested 39 elderly and their engagement of playing World of Warcraft. They were all tested on their cognitive function before and after the study. About half of the participants played World of Warcraft and the other half did not. Read more to see what was discovered….

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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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Pet and Animal Therapy with the Elderly

We all know that having a pet therapy or animal therapy program benefits residents. But do you know how and why? Tanya Bailey of Natural Connections came to speak at a MAPA seminar on Animal- Assisted Interactions. It was a wonderful presentation full of great information. We will pass on a few highlights for those of you that did not make it to the session. Read more to see what the latest research is……

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