Activity Idea of the Month

non-alcoholic Mint Julep drinks for assisted living seniors for Kentucky Derby

Mint Julep Bartending Class

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4th with your residents by hosting a fun Mint Julep bartending class, where you teach them how to make non-alcoholic Mint Juleps (by lilluna.com) using club soda, lime juice, lemonade concentrate, and food coloring, or even classic bourbon Mint Juleps (by thespruceeats.com) using bourbon whiskey, sugar cubes, and mint sprigs. (This activity idea is also featured in our May 2024 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Derby Week.)

Creative Craft of the Month

decoupaged pencil craft for assisted living seniors for National Teacher's Day

Decoupaged Pencils

Recruit residents to make decoupaged pencils (by uptodateinteriors.com) to give as gifts to the former teachers in your facility on National Teacher’s Day on Tuesday, May 7th. To make the pencils, simply submerge colorful scrapbook paper into glue before wrapping each pencil. Allow the pencils to dry by sticking them in foam or a box with pre-cut holes. (This activity idea is also featured in our May 2024 Dementia Activity Calendar.)

Activity Ideas for Male Residents

Mexican loteria bingo game for assisted living seniors for Cinco de Mayo

Male Bonding Activity of the Month

Invite the men of your facility to recognize Cinco de Mayo on May 5th by participating in a fun game of Mexican lotería (by enchantedlearning.com). For the activity, provide the men with lotería boards to mark with dried beans whenever you call one of the Mexican items on their cards. The first person to get four in a row wins! (This activity idea is also featured in our May 2024 Weekly-Themed Activity Calendar for Cinco de Mayo Week.)

paper bag pinata craft for assisted living seniors for Cinco de Mayo

One-on-One Activity of the Month

Encourage your resident to help you create a few paper bag piñatas (by mommypoppins.com) to use as decoration throughout your facility for Cinco de Mayo. Assemble the piñatas by filling paper bags with candy before decorating the bags with colorful tissue paper. (This activity idea is also featured in our May 2024 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

Activity Ideas for Dementia Residents

no-bake horse cookies to assemble for assisted living seniors for Derby Day and the Preakness Stakes

No-Bake Recipe of the Month

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby (May 4th) and the Preakness Stakes (May 18th) with residents by showing them how to assemble no-bake horse cookies (by thegingerbreadpony.com). To make the horse cookies, use Nutter Butter cookies, candy eyes, Pull ‘n’ Peel Twizzlers candy, melted chocolate, and nuts. (This activity idea is also featured in our May 2024 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

floral tea bag craft for assisted living seniors for Mother's Day

Sensory Stimulation Activity of the Month

Have fun with residents as you celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th by demonstrating how to create floral tea bags (by thekipiblog.com) for a fun Mother’s Day tea party. To assemble the bags, first remove the brand tag at the end of the tea bag. Then cut a flower near the base before tying the tea bag string to the flower. (This activity idea is also featured in our May 2024 Assisted Living Activity Calendar.)

Activity Resource of the Month

American Health Care Association

ahcancal.org

Check out our resource for the month, ahcancal.org, to find fun ideas for celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week (May 12-18) with your residents. This year’s theme is “Radiant Memories: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Radio.”

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Quick Tip:

Start a Newsletter Club featuring your facility’s residents as the writers and editors. Recruit volunteers to type the articles for a fun, monthly one-page newsletter.

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