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 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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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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Oh what fun it is to…give back!

The holidays are a special time of year in senior living facilities. There is a joyful hustle and bustle. The decorations come out and the music is in full gear. There is entertainment to be seen, special outings to join, and parties to attend. I have found this also the busiest season, with many people choosing the holidays to visit their loved ones or give their time to volunteer. While this is wonderful and adds to the holiday cheer it also gets me thinking about the rest of the year. Find out what we can do to make the rest of the year just as special……

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FITness IS FUNdamental

FITness IS FUNdamental
with Nikki Carrion MA
“Health is Wealth…Invest in Yourself with Exercise.” That’s something Jack LaLLane said many, many years ago. Jack was an amazing example of the level of health that results from an active lifestyle. Some of us remember Jack for his amazing feats of physical fitness in the 1950’s and 60’s, some us are more familiar with the Power Juicer Jack and his wife Elaine advertise and we can all be awed by the fact that Jack lived a healthy and active life until he passed in 2011 at the age of 96. However, what very few of us know is that Jack had a multitude of health issues in his younger years. He reports having overcome them by making healthy lifestyle choices. Find out how we as Activity Professionals improve our residents functional fitness……

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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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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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