November Activities for Seniors

6 ideas to kickstart your month

Looking for activities for November? Here are six ideas to kickstart your November activities for seniors:

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Gratefulness

Gratitude can increase happiness and resilience.
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November is truly a time to give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Try taking a whole different approach to this month’s activities. Instead of celebrating well-known occasions, famous birthdays, etc., have residents pick songs that reflect back to things that they're thankful for.

There's nothing better than for residents to brag about their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. What do they do? What interesting occupations and stories do they have? Of course, there may be some sad stories here so approach this carefully.

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Autumn Imagination

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Choose a simple fall image from nature for residents to draw or paint a silhouette or collage from.

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Veterans Day

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Since Veterans Day is celebrated this month, why not choose a few songs that reflect pride in our country? Ideas include "God Bless the USA," "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," Home on the Range," and "America the Beautiful." Play the songs for the residents this month. You can even talk about the history of each song and ask residents about their memories of these songs throughout their lives.

Recognize and honor veterans at your facility on Veterans Day. Have them help raise the flag in the morning or take it down at night. Ask local veterans groups to come in and pay honor to veterans at your facility. Write to legislators asking them to draft recognition letters honoring residents.

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Thanksgiving Travel

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Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, and it's also National Model Railroad Month, so have a model railroad club come in and display their trains, or if any of your seniors are into model trains, have them display their own trains. Take able-bodied residents to a train museum and/or take residents on a train ride.

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The Real Thanksgiving

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Since we have so much information about the real Thanksgiving now, consider finding an interesting video or article about how it really went down to share with your residents.

November is also American Indian Heritage Month, so if you have any Native American tribal members in the area, you could have someone come and give a presentation on their culture. If that's not an option, try doing a little history lesson on the tribes in your area.

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National Novel Writing Month for Aspiring Writers

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November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately referred to as NaNoWriMo. Try putting together a group of aspiring novel writers who can motivate each other by meeting daily and writing a certain agreed-upon number of words each time. Another alternative could be writing down family memories instead of writing a novel.

If writing or typing is too difficult, a voice recorder or phone can work instead for later transcription. With all the easy ways to self-publish these days, whether it's a novel or memories, Grandma's NaNoWriMo project can be a fun legacy for loved ones.

If you have an author or novelist living in the area, perhaps you can get him or her to come in and talk about what writing a book and publishing it is like.

Take Time for Yourself

Whatever you do for the month of November, take time out to enjoy family and friends and be grateful for all that you have and the blessing of being able to care for our older adults.