Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Assisted Living Facility Keeps Residents Hoppin'

Last night I was invited to speak at an Alzheimer's support group at a fairly new and very nice assisted living facility in Malvern. I arrived a little early - just in time to hear the tail end of a report of the Activities Director of the facility. The range of activities available to residents astounded me. I think that I only expected to hear about Friday bingo and afternoon card games. Instead, the Activities Director spoke of (1) Opening the place up for Halloween and told how many kids were there last year and how the residents enjoyed it tremendously; (2) A 50's Day, complete with malt shop, soda jerks, sock hop and 50's outfits; (3) Art classes and crafts of different kinds; (4) Beauty pageant; (5) Senior Olympics; (6) Dunkin' Booth; (7) Gospel Singing and on and on...

You would have to try very hard to be bored in this place! If the residents participate in 1/2 of the available activities, they would have no trouble sleeping. Several years ago, the only option for seniors was either stay at home or go to a skilled care nursing home. Today, there are several good options - one of which is an assisted living facility. If you are a Senior or have a Senior parent who is needing help, check out the assisted living facilities in your area. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised.

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