Resident J.J Bird walks the halls as well, you will also see him on the treadmill in our wellness center. You can find him in the halls at all hours of the day. When weather permits, he will be outside with his headphones on walking around our community. J.J states that he loves to go for his daily walks.
They do not have to slow down or stop feeling young at heart just because they are older. As a caregiver, there are many fun, low cost, and even free activities you can help your senior get involved with so that they can enjoy being socially engaged year-round.
In their golden years, seniors can experience the joy of learning and doing new activities, developing hobbies, and managing a social calendar of encounters with friends as they explore and discover new interests.
Seniors can make connections with like-minded people of all ages and find activities geared just for elder adults. Local churches, temples, and synagogues are a place they can share faith experiences with others which is good for the soul and social interaction.
It is important to remember that quantity of activities scheduled does not always equal quality. Be mindful in offering a variety of activities daily. Anyone can schedule activities just to fill up a calendar but a lot of thought should go into whether it is an activity that will spark the senior’s attention.
Getting seniors involved is the goal when deciding what activities to schedule, but a high number of participants attending an activity should not be the sole measurement for defining activity success. Residents may end up asking a friend to have a cup of coffee with them and to discuss the day’s headlines in the local newspaper or they may ask a friend to help them put a puzzle together. These kinds of activities are equally important and just as much of a victory as filling a large room for a music concert.
When activity directors provide tools that empower residents to engage on their own initiative, they create a greater sense of ownership, which fosters participation without forcing it and drives activity without dictating it.
Another great activity motivator is asking local groups of children to come to visit your residents. It is a win-win situation for both the senior and the children. Whether the children put on a play, sing for the residents, or spend time talking with the seniors, everyone enjoys the interaction. Children as well as adult seniors have so much to share with each other.
The hats come in all shapes and sizes for men, women, and children alike. Among those she makes are striped, corrugated, plain, team colors, and pink for breast cancer patients.
Recently through a conversation with one of our new residents, Sharon learned that they had a common interest. “Why not start a knitting group?” she thought. So every Tuesday after lunch Sharon and June sit in the fireplace lounge and visit to the click-click of their knitting needles. They are having lots of fun and were recently joined by our Sales Director, Susan Gehring, who sat with them for a little while so she could get a hat started to work on at home. They are hoping that others will soon join them also!
Alice Hughes has a 12-year-old calico mitten paw cat named Petra. She and her late husband found Petra at a gas station. Alice’s husband stated, “She needs a history, how about Petra?” That is how she got her name. Alice also said that Primrose being pet friendly was one of many reasons she chose Primrose.
Rita Fischer has a cat named Izzy. Rita states that Izzy adopted her and that she loves that cat like she was her own child. She says that Primrose being pet friendly made a big difference in choosing to move here.
Project Skills will help to build a student’s work history, references, and help them move into different and better jobs as they mature and are ready to take on new challenges. Sioux Falls Primrose Life Enrichment Coordinator Lou Clarey is a job coach for Tommee Morrison, who is a junior at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, SD. Tommee lives in Sioux Falls with her mom and dad, and you will see her assisting Lou with lots of different things during her spring semester. Her favorite part of school are the field trips because she likes to learn new things. She likes to visit with the residents and assist them in any way she can. Tommee is a great person and she is making lots of friends. Welcome, Tommee, to the Primrose family!