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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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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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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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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