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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Service Projects for Seniors

Next time you’re looking for a new activity to organize for your senior community, why not have them participate in a service project? Not only can this be a fun group activity for your residents, these projects are validating for seniors because they help others. We’ve put together some suggestions of service projects for your senior population to participate in:…

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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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Engaging and Entertaining your Residents through TED Talks: Part 1

For seniors with an abundance of leisure time, watching TV is a natural way to pass the time and fend off loneliness or boredom. TV viewership among seniors is at an all-time high, as researchers from the University of California, San Diego , have found that people over 65 watch three times more TV than younger adults. In fact, the elderly spend a quarter of their time in front of the television.
Unfortunately, the programming that these seniors tend to favor, such as the local news or game shows, can be bland at best and depressing at worst. Although the desire to stay in the loop about current events is commendable, excessive television viewing isn’t the healthiest way. As an activity director, it’s great to help seniors to get out of their rooms and away from those gloomy local news stories. Instead, to encourage the desire to stay informed and engaged with what’s happening in the world, why not host viewings of 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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Enriching Seniors’ Lives through Mobile Apps

In this past, we’ve talked about how activity directors can help seniors engage with technology for better well-being (http://myeventconnect.wpengine.com/helping-seniors-engage-technology-well-being/). Today, we’re proving some suggestions for specific tablet and smartphone apps that can enrich and enliven your seniors’ lives.
As we become more aware of the myriad of useful applications of touch-screen technologies, many assisted living facilities are making technology such as iPads or other similar tablets available to seniors. In addition to increasing options for entertainment, or staying in contact with friends and family, tablet use has been found to boost seniors’ memory, mobility, social skills, and health. Whether you’re able to provide this technology to your residents, or you know a couple tech-savvy seniors who own their own tablet or smartphone, here are some suggestions for apps to get them excited about technology….

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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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Solicitors, Scams, and Safety for Seniors

According to a 2009 study by MetLife, the elderly are scammed out of about $2.6 billion dollars a year. Why are seniors targeted by solicitors and scammers? Seniors may be vulnerable because they’re concerned about outliving their money and having nothing to fall back on. Because of this, they may be more ready to buy into false propositions that promise financial security. Unfortunately, scammers are aware of this vulnerability and do their best to take advantage of it. Learn how to protect your senior population from scams….

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Dancing to Stay 88 Years Young!

Check out this video of a Grandma dancing to the Runaround Sue. It’s keeping her 88 years young! This is a perfect example of “move it or lose it”! Music and a good beat get most of us tapping our toes and moving to the music. You can dance at any age and never lose that spunk. This is a good reminder to find music that fits your senior population’s interests and how important it is to incorporate music in your daily activities to engage not only their memories but their physical bodies. Get moving!…

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