SEPTEMBER FACTS

  • September begins on the same day
    of the week as December every year.
  • September's flower is the aster or
    morning glory.
  • September's birthstone is the
    sapphire.
  • In the year 1752, in the British
    Empire, the Gregorian calendar
    was adopted and as a result
    September did not have days
    numbered 3–13.
  • September in the Northern
    Hemisphere is the seasonal
    equivalent to March in the Southern
    Hemisphere and vise versa.
  • World War II began on September
    1, 1939 following Hitler's invasion of
    Poland and ended on the same
    month, September 2, 1945 with the
    Japanese surrender.
  • Caligula (Roman Emperor 37-41
    AD) attempted to rename
    September "Germanicus" after his
    father. It didn't take.
    OTHER OBSERVANCES
    & IDEA NUGGETS

    All American Breakfast Month
    Breakfast is a favorite meal of the elderly
    resident.  Many of them come from the days
    when full breakfast meant bacon, ham,
    steak, eggs, toast, pancakes, milk, juice,
    coffee, sweet rolls as well as fruit and
    cereal.  Have a special "cooked to order"
    breakfast for the men and/or the women.

    Apple Month
    This is a good time to visit an orchard.  It is
    a lot of fun to get the fresh air, taste the
    apples and cider.  If you can't get out...try
    serving some cider and apple products to
    your resident.  This could be a group or
    individual activity.  Use apple decorations
    and apple crafts.  Serve apples in different
    ways on different days.

    Cable TV Month

    Cholesterol Education
    Awareness Month

    Classical Music Month
If your residents like classical music (and
many do...), play a tape or cd.  If you have a
local orchestra or school of music, invite
them in for an afternoon or evening
concert.  This could make an excellent
public relations/marketing event for your
facility.  Serve wine and cheese.

    Emergency Care Month
    Invite the local EMS folks to come to your
    facility and bring their practice dummy.  
    Have them demonstrate emergency
    practices.  Also let your residents take a
    good look at the ambulance...most of them
    will need its services at some time.

    Healthy Aging Month
This is a good chance for you to encourage
your residents to exercise and eat properly.  
Bring in an aging expret...someone who
knows about the aging process and health
care.
If the local library doesn't come to you...then
you or your residents need to get a library
card.  Often the AD of the facility has a card
in the facility's name.  Just be sure to keep
track of the books on loan so they don't get
lost.

    Life Long Learning Month
Encourage your residents who can to enroll
in classes of interest at the public library...
or online (if possible).  Some may want to
try correspondence courses...get their GED.

    National Chicken Month
    Decorate the facility in a chicken motif.  
    How about chicken served 5 different
    ways.  If you know someone locally who
    raises chickens...invite them to bring some
    in for the residents to see and touch.  A
    chicken or a chick to pet would make an
    excellent one-on-one activity.

    National Clock Lovers Month
    Do you know a clock lover/collector in your
    area?  Invite them in to show a selection of
    clocks to the residents.  Many of the
    residents will relate to some the collectible
    clocks
    of the forties and fifties.

    National Coupon Month
    Have the residents cut out coupons from
    magazines and place them in a shoe box
    for the staff and/or to search through and
    use.

    National Courtesy Month
    How about a small group gathering to
    review and/or practice proper etiquette?
    This could be a dress up, invitation, wear
    your best hat sort of tea for the ladies.  
    Perhaps you can join this with a piano
    recital or orchestral event.

    National Hispanic Heritage Month
    Take time to allow your Hispanic residents
    and staff to speak about their heritage.  
    Where their ancestors came from...how
    they got here...traditions they practice, etc.

    National Honey Month
    Everybody likes the taste of honey.  Invite in
    a local beekeeper to give a demonstration
    of how honey is collected and processed
    for sale.

    National Piano Month
Invite a pianist to come at lunch or supper
to play while the residents eat.  Or you can
simply play piano music for the meals.  It is
a great time for a piano concert.  Take a
small electric keyboard from room to room
and play a melody for the resident.  
Schedule a recital for an evening (contact a
local piano teacher for assistance).

    National Rice Month
    My favorite rice is brown rice.  Use rice as a
    craft item.  Serve rice as a treat.  Think...
    spanish, Chinese, New Orleans, etc.

    National Sewing Month
    A sewing club would be an excellent
    addition to the activity choices in your
    facility.  Many of the women (and the men,
    too) have experience sewing.  Material and
    patterns can be donated.  Perhaps you
    could schedule mending days for the
    residents.  As you know, there is always
    room for a good seamstress in a nursing
    facility.

    Newspaper Month
    Do your residents read the newspaper?  
    Make sure a local newspaper is available
    for all to access each day.  Also, reading
    from the local newspaper makes a good
    room to room activity.
    If possible, invite to local press in to talk
    about the newspaper process from
    reporting to distribution.

    Organic Foods/Harvest Month
    Samples, samples, samples.

    Famous Weeks in
    September..

    Week 1

    Self-University Week

    Week 2

    Mental Health Worker's Week
    Honor your local Mental Health worker.  
    Invite them in to speak...have a small
    reception.  Award them a "special
    recognition" certificate (be sure to frame the
    certificate).

    National Assisted Living Week

    National Health Care
    Housekeeping
    Honor your Housekeeping staff by sending
    them a card signed by the residents.  Invite
    them to share in an activity that honors
    them.

    Week 3

    Hearing Aid Awareness Week
    Check everybody's hearing aide's and
    make sure they are working.

    National 5-A-Day Week

    National Adult Day Services Week
    You can recognize the work of various
    services supported by your local Area
    Agency on Aging (like Adult Day Care,
    Senior Citizen's Center, Meals on Wheels,
    etc.)  Cards and kind words work wonders
    (and are excellent marketing tools).

    National Laundry Worker's Week
Of course...you can't honor housekeeping
without honoring laundry workers.  (See
National Health Care Housekeeping Month
for ideas).

    National Rehabilitation
    Awareness Celebration Week
    Here's an opportunity for your in-house
    therapy departments to address the
    residents.  Encourage rehab and its
    benefits.

    Week 4

    Constitution Week
Check out the website.  Make sure the
residents know about this week.

    Licensed Practical Nurses' Week
    Honor your LPN's this week (and don't say
    LPN stands for "little play nurse").  As you
    know, you need all the PR help you can get
    to keep on the good side of nursing.  How
    about a button that says "The Activity
    Department Loves LPN's"...or something to
    that effect.

    National Singles Week
    (Sorry...I have no idea what to do!)

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Sept. 3rd

  • Alan Ladd, Actor. Born September 3,
    1913 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
    Died January 29, 1964 in Palm
    Springs, California.

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Sept. 8th

  • Patsy Cline, September 8, 1933.
    Died March 5, 1963 at the age of 30
    in a plane crash.
  • Peter Sellers, 1925 (Actor) was born
    Richard Henry Sellers on
    September 8, 1925 in Southsea,
    Hampshire, England. Died of a
    heart attack on July 24, 1980. www.
    petersellers.com

Sept. 9th

  • Otis Redding, Musician - Famous
    for "Sittin On The Dock of the Bay" -
    born September 9, 1941 in
    Dawson, Georgia. Died December
    10, 1967 in a plane crash. Web site:
    www.otisredding.com.

Sept. 10th

  • Roger Maris, Baseball Player - Born
    September 10, 1934 in Hibbing,
    Minnesota. Moved to North Dakota
    in 1942. He died on December 14,
    1985 of lymphoma cancer at the
    age of 51. www.rogermaris.com

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Sept. 12th

  • Maurice Chevalier, Entertainer. Born
    September 12, 1888 in Paris. Died
    January 1, 1972 at the age of 83.
  • Linda Gray, Actress (Played Sue
    Ellen in the TV Series "Dallas.")
    Born September 12, 1940 in Santa
    Monica CA.
  • George Jones, Country singer. Born
    George Glenn Jones on September
    12, 1931 in Saratoga, TX.
  • Joe Pantoliano (Joey Pants), Actor
    (Played Ralph Cifaretto - The
    Sopranos.) Born September 12,
    1951 in Hoboken, NJ. www.
    joeypants.com
  • Peter Scolari, Actor. Born
    September 12, 1954 in New
    Rochelle, NY.
  • Rachel Ward, Actress. Born
    September 12, 1957 in Australia.
  • Barry White, Singer. Born
    September 12, 1944 in Galveston
    TX, grew up in Los Angeles CA.
    Died July 4, 2003.

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Sept. 17th

  • Anne Bancroft, 1931 (Actress, 1962
    Academy Award for The Miracle
    Worker, also known for her role as
    Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.
    Died in New York on June 7, 2005
    from uterine cancer. Married to Mel
    Brooks.
  • John Ritter, 1948 (Actor/comic) Died
    September 11, 2003 at the age of
    54 on the set of his TV Series 8
    Simple Rules for Dating My
    Teenage Daughter. Also
    remembered for his role in the TV
    Series Three's Company.
  • Hank Williams, 1923  

Sept. 18th

  • Rod Roddy, 1937 (TV personality.)  
    Best known for his "Come on
    Down!" on The Price Is Right. Died
    October 27, 2003 of cancer.

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Sept. 22nd

  • Alan "Rocky" Lane, Actor and voice
    of Mr. Ed the talking horse.) Born
    9/22/1909, died 1973.

Sept. 23rd

  • Ray Charles, Musician. Born Ray
    Charles Robinson on  September
    23, 1930 in Albany, GA. Lost his
    eyesight when he was 7. Died June
    10, 2004 at the age of 73 from liver
    disease at his Beverly Hills CA
    home. Official Web site: www.
    raycharles.com

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Sept. 25th

  • Michael Douglas, Actor - Born
    September 25, 1944 in New
    Brunswick, NJ.
  • Christopher Reeve, Actor and
    paralysis advocate. Best known for
    his role as Superman and advocate
    for paralysis research and stem cell
    research. He was left paralyzed
    after a horse-riding accident in
    1995.  He died October 10, 2004
    from an infection and heart failure at
    the age of 52. www.
    christopherreeve.org.

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SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS

Labor Day: The first Monday of September,
this holiday honors the nation's working
people, typically with parades. For most
Americans it marks the end of the summer
vacation season, and for many students
the opening of the school year.

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year),
Check calendar for date. This day marks
the beginning of the Jewish year 5766 and
opens the Ten Days of Penitence, which
close with Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Check
calendar for date. This day marks the end
of the Ten Days of Penitence that began
with Rosh Hashanah. It is described in
Leviticus as a “Sabbath of rest,” and
synagogue services begin the preceding
sundown, resume the following morning,
and continue to sundown.

First Day of Ramadan, Check calendar for
date. This day marks the beginning of a
month-long fast that all Muslims must keep
during the daylight hours. It
commemorates the first revelation of the
Qur'an. Following the last day of Ramadan,
Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in late October.
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