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National Assisted Living Week (Sep. 9-15)



National Assisted Living Week got its start in 1995.   The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is behind the initiative.   Facilities across the country offer a series of activities through which family, friends and the community come together and express appreciation for older family members and friends.   Each annual series of events takes on a theme.   This year, the theme is "Art for the Ages."  NCAL provides a list of suggested activity ideas for National Assisted Living Week celebrations.

·          Art can be an inspiration, and many older people embrace everything from music to painting as hobbies in retirement.   An art event during National Assisted Living Week could celebrate works of art, theater, classic music, cabaret or a resident talent show.

·          Eliciting works of art from area talent for an exhibit of paintings is easy and fun for art lovers and artists alike.   Residents could show their works as well.   Theater is often a hit with the older generation.   A local high school or playhouse would probably be more than happy to perform a short piece for residents.

·          Another idea is getting a solo classical musician or an ensemble to play at a nice dinner or to perform as the main musical event.   Bringing together local musical talent for a cabaret-style bash is an inspired concept.   Performers could sing Broadway tunes, dance and do comedy shtick in a long string of acts.

·          Residents themselves could put on a talent show.   This is something that could be planned weeks in advance with invitations going out to family and friends. Performances could be videotaped and passed down to family members

Read more about National Assisted Living Week Activities at eHow.com .

Curtis Hanz

Synergy HomeCare of North Orange County

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