Recreation Program Planning Manual for Older Adults

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-89213-260-4

Author(s): Karen Kindrachuk

Copyright year: 2006

The Recreation Program Planning Manual for Older Adults increases direct patient/client care time by providing a selection of programs with a proven track record.

All plans were developed and initially implemented with older adults in a long-term care setting. The content of each plan can be applied to any age group. The programs are divided into the areas of brain juice, active games, tasty treats, crafty creations, and creative arts.

Section 1: Brain Juice


Show Me the Money

Old Fashioned Spelling Bee

Bible Trivia


Common “Scents” Trivia Challenge

Geographic Trivia

Section 2: Active Games

Pool Noodle Hockey

Big-Dice Games

Donut an a String

Pyramid Toss

Human Bowling

Bean Bag Shuffleboard

Frontier Exercises

Parachute Games

Bean Bag Story Toss

Frisbee Limbo

Section 3: Tasty Treats

Quick-Mix Breakfast

Sensational Summer Smoothies

Traditional Sunday Dinner

Greeting Group Goodies

Cow Patties

Dreamboat Dessert

Trail Mix

Leave Your Teeth Behind

Vegetarian Pepper Mash

Vegetarian Croissant Delight

Section 4: Crafty Creations

Elf Blocks

Garden Buddies

Pot Heads

Tin Lid Ornaments

Fuzzy Tactile Dice

Twig Frames

Holiday Picture Frames (2-Part Program)

Beautiful Goodie Bags

Warped Vinyl Art

Decorative Fabric Hangers

Section 5: Creative Arts

Sensory Therapy Kit

Poetry (Haiku)

Role-Reversal Fairy Tales

All About Me

Circle Writing

Collage Imagery

Paint Blot

10-Word Frenzy

All Shapes and Sizes

The 5 W’s

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