Activities in Assisted Living

by Assisted Living Staff on October 27, 2010

One part of staying healthy is staying engaged and having an active social life. That’s why assisted living facilities typically provide numerous ways for patients to take part in community activities. You can check with the activities director at any facility to find out more about specific programs, but here are some of the kinds of activities you can usually find.

  • Bingo parties, arts and crafts, and classic movies are standard assisted living activities that most people can enjoy.
  • Mall walking or other walking activities can be held indoors year-round, while outdoor activities such as nature walks, fishing, and Frisbee golf are typically available in warmer months.
  • Water aerobics and other water classes are great for patients with arthritis, back and knee pain, and other mobility or range of motion limitations.
  • Swing dance, sock hop, square dance, and other such dances are very popular.
  • Card games such as bridge, cribbage, or rummy may be held weekly. In addition, poker tournaments or tournaments for other popular card games are sometimes offered.
  • Board games like Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and home editions of TV game shows can be fun to play on game night, but can also be done tournament-style.
  • Guest speakers, weekly prayer meeting, Bible study, and religious ceremonies are typically offered on-site for people of all faiths.
  • Make your own musical instrument night combines an arts and crafts activity with a musical sing-along, which can be great fun.
  • Most facilities plan seasonal events, especially around the holidays.
  • Poetry readings, comedy club, and talent show night can be a great way to show off your talents and skills, and encourage your friends to do the same.
  • Music therapy and art therapy can be especially helpful when a patient is working to regain muscle control. They are also ideal for anyone who appreciates the arts.
  • Pet therapy is good for any resident who likes animals. Visiting or resident pets can provide an opportunity to soothe and be soothed, and can help reduce stress.
  • Gardening clubs may be offered for those with a green thumb, or a desire to find one.
  • Many facilities provide transportation to local stores for some shopping and socializing away from home.
  • Scavenger hunts, balloon volleyball, miniature golf, and ice cream socials are often well-attended events.
  • Some facilities have Wii Sports, which can be a fun way for residents to stay in shape while playing a video game that improves hand-eye coordination.
  • Many facilities also offer book clubs, bowling leagues, and quilting circles, plus many more activities depending on resident interests.

If there is a specific type of activity you would like to see on your schedule, be sure to talk with staff and find out if you can make suggestions. Most activities directors are happy to plan events around their residents, provided the activity isn’t dangerous or outrageously expensive.

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