Moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home can feel a little discouraging, but this can be a beneficial change. Limited mobility doesn’t mean being confined to watching TV and playing bingo; believe it or not, there are plenty of options when it comes to living the I-Deal-Lifestyle in a living community. As an activity director, it may be your job to come up with fresh and fun activities to plan for your senior living community. Follow along to learn more about the best activities for seniors.
Arts and crafts are an excellent way to maintain fine motor skills and spend time together, and it can be more than basic painting, drawing, or paper crafts. Consider gathering the supplies your residents will need to make jewelry. Whether they design necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, they’ll love creating their own pieces. Set up a time to provide a tutorial session so they understand how to make specific items. Afterward, let them use their creative muscles to make something beautiful.
Many older people enjoy reading books, and book clubs are an excellent way to pair people according to their interests and encourage social interaction. Older people can sometimes feel lonely, but they may be more inclined to make friends if they can chat about their favorite books and have meaningful discussions with others who also enjoy reading.
Activities are one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a senior living community, and staying active is great for older adults. They may not be able to stand or walk for extended periods, but they will enjoy playing Wii Sports. This option is a great way to stimulate the body without putting too much strain on muscles and joints. And coordinating a friendly competition is a surefire way to lift their spirits.
As we age, birthdays tend to become more of a hassle than a celebration. However, you can bring the excitement back to birthdays by throwing each resident a birthday party on their special day. Whether you decorate and make tasty treats or do one of their favorite activities as a group, you’ll make their day memorable. Even though they may not want gifts, consider getting them one of the best birthday gifts for seniors, like comfy socks or a reading tablet, to ensure they have an incredible day.
With these fun activity ideas to plan for your senior living community, you’ll be able to keep the residents engaged and excited for the next event. Sometimes, this is all they have to look forward to, so make their activity time extra special.
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The Now List by Marla Stone, MSW
Why do we have a "Bucket List?" As lore tells us, slaughtered animals kicked the bucket below them before they died. The bucket was placed below the doomed animal to catch its blood. What a gruesome image. So to turn the bucket into a more promising and better vision, we have now come up with the term "bucket list."
Today the bucket is symbolic of a dream catcher. Our whims and hopes dropped one by one into a pail we carry around our necks without emptying it out. It's just a drop in the bucket for everything we can think of doing before we die. Instead, the receptacle for all our wishes, longings, and desires is our way of temporizing time and activities.
How weird that we shovel into a bucket our wish lists, things we want to challenge ourselves to, the must-do's, plans, and goals. We hurtle and dump fabulous experiences and life's precious moments into a red plastic or gray metal, your choice, vessel. Before we "kick the bucket," I say empty it of wants and longing and kick it as far away as possible. I suggest a "Now List."
A New Now List is an exercise to do everything you dream of now. Why wait until you're half dead to do everything you're dreaming about. I know the excuses you will conjure up, the money, the time, the strength, and the stamina. The job, the kids and the pets may prevent you from fulfilling even the simplest of your grails and targets. Why, though, is the question? Why would you often think deeply and with such fortitude about satisfying and worthwhile situations and not follow through with them? What are your excuses? Why don't you do the things you say you want to do? What is in your way? Whatever your answer is, why not liberate yourself? Either empty the bucket, figure out whether your idle itches will happen and when, or make a List, and stop procrastinating. Stop carrying on about all these fantasies. Living with one foot in front of the other, in a dreamy daze of no-do's, cannot be fun.
Start doing the escapades, climbing the trails of glory, begin your living now list, and put them in your #googlecalendar immediately. Get on with your extraordinary life, spark the magical beams across the universe, #organizethegarage, think about #buyinganewhome #decoratethekidsroom, #learnanewlanguage, and #traveltoanexoticdestiny. Live bigger than you ever imagined. Live like it is your birthday every day, and enjoy life's pleasures. You deserve #thebestthingsinlife now. So go ahead, make a list, and make it sensible. #Flyingtothemoon, #buyingamazeratti, and #goingaroundtheworld can be part of the list. Don't hold back your most outrageous ideas. Then visualize how to make it happen. Seriously, people have been known to come back to life after being pronounced dead. Anything is possible when you have a Now List in front of you. Hey, if you are saying to yourself, that sounds ridiculous, I say, "Nah." What is absurd is thinking that you're going to get your way in life, carrying around an empty bucket of invisible dreams.
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Creating your dream home office can help boost your productivity and enhance the remote work experience. When you're struggling to find the right space in your house, consider upgrading your garage into a customized office. You can enjoy the amenities of a fully stocked workspace and the convenience of working from home.
Make Your Space Safer
While garages often have plenty of space, many are not suitable for long-term human occupancy. When upgrading your garage into a home office, your priority should be making the room safe and comfortable. For example, you can install insulation to protect you from temperature fluctuations while you work. Depending on your climate, you can add heating, ventilation, and air conditioning as well. Make sure the area is free from mold, pests, and other contaminants.
As you work on upgrading your garage, be sure to document the updates you're making by keeping receipts and taking before-and-after photos. The enhancements you’re making could raise the value of your home when you sell it at some point. You should also check if a home warranty covers garage doors. If so, consider purchasing one. Although you’ll likely be using the door less, it will be an important selling feature if you sell the house in the future. Most warranties cover the normal wear and tear on garage doors, and you can even choose to make the door a feature of your new office for enjoying temperate days or welcoming clients.
Bring In More Light
A well-lit workspace helps you stay focused and energized. If you want optimal lighting under various conditions, Remodelista suggests that you try layering different lights. For instance, install ambient overhead lighting and supplement it with task lighting, such as a classic desk lamp. Bringing soft, neutral colors into the area helps boost illumination. You can also maximize natural light by using mirrors and reflective decor. When it fits your budget, look into upgrading your garage door to a model with windows that lets in more sunlight.
Improve Your Storage
If your garage is currently full of clutter, develop a plan to sort and store your items. First, remove anything that can be recycled, discarded, or donated. Then, for everything else, find a permanent storage spot so that your workspace stays tidy. Storage solutions, including shelving and cabinetry, can help you stay organized and take advantage of vertical space. In addition, you can hire professionals to design and install fully-finished cabinets in your home office. Contact a company like www.i-deal-lifestyle.com for more suggestions on responsible decluttering or read Professional Organizer, Marla Stone’s book called The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration reports that the industries with the highest proportion of remote workers include technology, finance, and legal services. These occupations tend to require the use of computers and the internet. Therefore, your home office should have adequate power and internet access. Thick walls between your home and garage could limit wireless signal strength. Consider relocating your router or installing a mesh network for better coverage.
Eliminate Unnecessary Tasks
You can streamline your workload by structuring your business as an LLC. Specifically, you can protect yourself from liability while enjoying more flexibility, tax advantages, and simplified paperwork. Avoid legal fees by filing the paperwork yourself, or save time by using a business formation service. Don't forget to check your state's rules, as regulations vary by location.
Redecorate Your Office
Complete the look of your home office by bringing in new office decor and updating the color palette. Adding house plants can help your space feel more lively and relaxing. Stay motivated by hanging inspiring artwork above your desk. Choose a complementary color palette instead of following the latest trends. Wall colors like blue, green, and brown can create a calming yet productive environment. Research types of flooring suitable for office use and car storage such as tile, concrete, or specialty carpets.
Consider Your Conversion
Converting your garage into a useful, well-furnished home office is a major undertaking that requires time and resources. However, it is worthwhile to create a safe, clean workspace that has the tools you need to accomplish your goals. When you’re looking for a new home workspace, look into what it will take to revamp your garage.
As you plan your remodel, implement feng shui practices to keep your workspace harmonious. If you need help getting started, contact I-Deal-Lifestyle Feng Shui for a consultation.
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