& IDEA NUGGETS
What a great time for fresh tomatoes,
melons, corn, etc. Residents can clean
and prepare them.
National Eye Exam Month
Schedule an eye professional to talk about
eye care. Combine this with Cataract
National Romance Awareness
could organize a candlelight dinner for the
Cataract Awareness Month
Schedule an eye professional to talk about
eye care. Combine this with National Eye
like a cake walk (or candy walk), ring toss,
beanbag toss, balloons, wet sponge toss
(use staff as targets). Invite children in
from a local school to participate. Also,
paint faces. Can be tied in with
International Clown Month.
International Clown Month
Everybody likes clowns. Invite a clown in to
entertain your people and visit room to
room. Residents can paint, color, decorate
paper plates with clown faces.
How about cooking, drinking, cleaning, etc.
Provide samples or let residents make
some things using lemons. What a great
aroma therapy source!
Maine Lobster Month
residents to see and touch (watch out for
the claws). If your facility is loaded with
cash, have a lobster dinner night (and invite
all of us to join you).
National Catfish Month
help you out, there are several other
services which provide catfish-fry services
for fund raisers. Here's a chance to raise
some money for your department. Don't
forget the french-fries and coleslaw.
Wouldn't is be great to give foot
massages? This would be an excellent
National Golf Month
How about taking a group to a Putt-Putt golf
course? Or, maybe, you have some who
could go and play a round of golf
(remember hydration). Set up a putting
green in your facility. Bring in your local
country club pro to give a speech about golf
and show some clubs, balls and
accessories to the residents. Maybe you
could take residents for a golf cart ride
around the facility grounds or golf course.
National Heritage Month
Talk about family roots. Perhaps you can
encourage a little genealogy or family
recollections which can be recorded by
volunteers and given to the family of the
resident. Ask questions like "How did your
family get to the United States?" "How did
they get to where they are now?" "Did
anyone participate in the ________war?"
National Mustard Month
How is mustard made? Where does it
come from? Sample various mustard
combos like dill, honey, spicy etc. Use
recipes using mustard as a main
ingredient. Some places use mustard in
baked beans. How about hot dogs and a
choice of mustard flavors? A wonderful
item for taste and aroma therapy.
National Parks Month
If you are lucky enough to have a national
park nearby...go for a visit. Bring in
literature and pictures and souvenirs and
video from national parks around the U.S.
Let the residents reminisce about their
visits to the parks.
residents can clean them, chop them, and
make them. Peaches taste great and
smell great so dive in and enjoy.
How about an afternoon of watermelons?
Also you can have different kinds of
watermelons. (See August is Watermelon
Month in the August 2006 edition of Activity
Director Monthly, page 13)
Famous Weeks in August...
International Clown Week
"Bring in the clowns, bring in the clown,
there ought to be clowns."
Manwatcher's Compliment Week
Try this...get the gals together and talk
about the men. Maybe you could get the
men to participate in a beauty contest for
the women to judge.
National Smile Week (Begins 1st
Time to pass out "smile" or "smiley"
stickers for each smile you see. If you do
this for the week, some people will have
dozens of stickers...so purchase an
abundant supply. You can recruit the staff
and the residents alike to pass out the
stickers during the week.
Beauty Queen Week
Have a beauty contest for residents, staff,
family and children.
National Apple Week
One for each day of the week.
National Psychiatric Technician
If you know one, send a card.
Weird Contest Week
Maybe you could start a pen pal club.
Encourage the residents to be a friend to
someone (we all need friends).
[In the United States, there are no national
holidays or other commonly celebrated
events during August.]
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