Activities for Seniors for November

-Here's Five Articles to Kickstart Your Activities

Here are five articles to kickstart your November activities for seniors. Have ideas. Send them to us and we will share with the activity community.

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Gratefulness

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Start your November activities with gratefulness. Getty Images

November is truly a time to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. So I have taken a whole different approach to this month’s activities. Instead of celebrating well known occasions, famous birthdays, etc., (though there are some) I picked songs that reflect back to things that I am thankful for. So let’s get started.

First of all, I am thankful to the creator for all he has given me and that is how we arrive at the first song.

How Great Thou Art

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More Things to Be Grateful for In Our Lives

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Stevie Wonder's You Are the Sunshine of My Life makes me think of my kids and how they are just that. Getty Images

In our first article for November activities I started to list the things I am grateful for in my life, what they suggested in song and then activities that could evolve from that. Here is more. I am grateful for our three children who have grown into responsible adults. For them I sing

You Are The Sunshine of My Life

  1. There is nothing better than for residents to brag about their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews. What do they do? What interesting occupations, stories do they have? Of course there may be some sad stories here to so be careful. Overall, I think people would be fascinated to hear about other people’s relatives and interesting stories.
     
  2. The Sunshine Foundation grants wishes for children. I have a special friend, P.K. Beville, whose organization, Second Wind Dreams, grants wishes for seniors. Check out her organization and help make a wish come true: http://www.secondwind.org/

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Veterans Day

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We started out our November activities with two articles about gratefulness. Continuing that theme, I am grateful for this country we live in and for the troops that protect it especially as Veterans’ Day is celebrated this month.|

God Bless the U.S.A.

  1. Play the song.
     
  2. Recognize and honor veterans at your facility on Veterans’ Day. Have them help raise the flag in the morning or take it down at night. Ask local veterans groups to come in and pay honor to veterans at your facility. Write to legislators asking them to draft recognition letters honoring residents.

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Thanksgiving Travel

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Glenn Miller has a traveling song for us on Thanksgiving. Getty Images

In article one, two and three for our November activities we examined things to be grateful for during this season of Thanksgiving. For this article we focus on a Thanksgiving theme, travel.

It is the busiest travel time of the year so you can travel by train – Chattanooga Choo Choo or by plane – Leaving on a Jet Plane.

  1. Play the songs.
     
  2. Have a model railroad club come in and display their trains.
     
  3. Take able body residents to a train museum.
     
  4. Take residents on a train ride.

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Let's Go Downtown

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We end our November activities at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Getty Images

In article one, two and three for our November activities we examined things to be grateful for during this season of Thanksgiving. For our fourth article, we looked at Thanksgiving travel themes. Let's conclude by going downtown to New York for the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.

As we come to the end of the Thanksgiving trail, we hopefully will end up Downtown (Petula Clark has a November birthday) in New York New York.

  1. Play the songs.
     
  2. Take residents “downtown” to see the holiday decorations.
     
  3. Teach residents the song. Everyone likes to sing the “downtown” part.
     
  4. Here is some information about Petula Clark. Petula Sally Olwen Clark was born November 15, 1932. With nearly 70 million recordings sold worldwide, she is one of the most successful British female recording artists.

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Take Time for Yourself

Whatever you do for the month of November take time out to enjoy family and friends and be grateful for all that you have and the blessing of being able to care for our older adults.

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