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Encouraging the elderly to participate in activities can be challenging. Lack of engagement is a common problem. It can be so discouraging to put your heart and soul into planning activities only to have them ignored or dismissed by residents.
Don’t worry! There are some simple techniques you can use to overcome this problem.
1. Send invitations. It’s surprising the difference an invitation can make. The simple fact that someone bothered to write them an invitation demonstrates that you really want them to come. It feels special and will often compel residents to attend.
2. Ask for help. Everyone likes to feel useful. Ask residents to help with an activity – they can help to set up or clean up, or help their peers with tasks throughout the activity. These sorts of helping tasks can provide residents with enormous satisfaction and a sense of belonging.
3. Pay attention to the environment. Don’t underestimate the importance of the surrounding atmosphere – it can make or break an activity. Conduct activities away from distractions and loud noises. Use bright lights and soft background music to creating an inviting space.
4. Listen. Let residents have their say! Run an activities survey at least once a year to quickly gather important feedback from residents. For residents who are unable to take the survey on their own, ask relatives for assistance.
Original author Talita