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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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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Boosting our Seniors’ Cognition with YouTube, the Wii, and Google

Many of us are now embracing technology and using it to interact with our seniors. In some cases we are focusing on technology for facilitating activity groups. We are using the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and our own computers. For the most part, our senior population is embracing this new way of interacting together. They get excited about participating in things that they see their families and grandkids doing. I think it makes them feel like they are in the loop- a good place to be! Let’s boost our seniors’ cognition with YouTube, the Wii and Google! Here are some examples of how to make that work….

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