November marks a time of warmth and togetherness, presenting a perfect opportunity for Activities Professionals to bring a renewed sense of engagement and joy. With the RESTORE-Wellness Calendar as your ally, each day is a chance to weave RESTORE games into a fabric of fun, learning, and memorable experiences. Let’s maximize this month’s potential.
Enhance American Football Day by syncing "Football Frenzy" with a celebratory social hour, where residents can share their favorite game-day memories. It’s an excellent way to increase participation and social interaction among residents.
For days like Cookie Monster's Birthday, why not play "Grocery Grab" beforehand to pick ingredients and bake together? It reinforces the theme and creates a tangible reward—delicious cookies!
Geography Awareness Week turns educational by playing “Take Flight” and using Visit Familiar Places to visit airports in your area. Follow this by encouraging residents to recount personal travel stories, which supports cognitive engagement and reminiscence therapy.
Veterans Day is deepened by pairing "Veterans Trivia Night" with a heartwarming "Share Your Story" segment. This not only acknowledges their service but also validates their personal journeys.
The "Turkey Hunt Challenge" on Thanksgiving can lead to an afternoon of sharing gratitude. It’s a moment to connect over shared histories and create new traditions within your community.
Community Building: Spark collaboration with Puzzle Week. Play "Holiday Word Search" as a group and then set up a communal jigsaw puzzle station. It's a fulfilling way to encourage social bonding and gives a shared sense of accomplishment as the puzzle comes to life.
Expanding the Experience:
Health Day is more than just activity; it’s about holistic well-being. Start with "Grocery Grab" and evolve into a wellness workshop where nutrition meets physical activity, like chair yoga or guided meditation.
After exercising with Paul Eugene, introduce a digital storytelling workshop for Cyber Monday where residents can narrate their life highlights or create a community blog.