With more than 25 years experience with older adults, my bookshelves and file cabinets are full of ideas. There are times I am searching for fresh, new ideas so here is a look at my 5 go-to sites.
1. Brownielocks and the 3 bears has special holidays and anniversaries. Seeing an observance like Do-Dah Day spurs a host of ideas. It helps me think outside the traditional holidays.
2. The Activity Director’s Office also has a calendar of events. They also have a great list of ideas for dementia clients, room visits, large groups, and much more. This site keeps me grounded as to what is important to this important group I serve – Activity staff!
3. #Eldercarechat is a great thought-provoking conversation the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1 pm ET. This Twitter chat keeps me current on caregiver needs, helps me look at how best I can serve them and in turn those they care for.
4. Google is a big help. Put in a theme and see what shows. You can also specify trivia or some other aspect in your search. Chances are a teacher or an activity director or a music therapist or some other creative person has shared their ideas. I borrow what I can so I don’t have to create things totally from scratch.
5. My head. Sorry there isn’t a link to it but you have one, too. Ask yourself what you would enjoy, what your parents would enjoy, what your grandparents would enjoy. Think in a playful, creative manner. We all have a creative spark within us that can assist in adding quality of our offerings to older adults. Don’t forget to ask this wonderful group of people (older adults) what they would like. They have assisted me in creating many memorable events.
So there you have it, my 5 go-to sites for older adult ideas. Share your go to’s in the comments below.
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