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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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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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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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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Keeping the Olympic Spirit Alive

Age of Champions is a refreshing documentary about the lives of inspirational seniors who have fought all odds to perform in the National Senior Olympics. This is the perfect time to highlight this remarkable feat as we were just cheering on our own USA team at the London Olympics and we can keep the Olympic spirit alive! See how to host a screening of Age of Champions….

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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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