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As an Activities Director in a Life Care Community (a retirement community with independent living, assisted living, and medical/health center) I have decided to combine my two passions together and start this blog. My first passion is my job! I have been working for the same company for the past 15 years and before that I was at a company for 10 years. I've know since high school that this was going to be the job for me!

My other passion is writing. (Notice that I did not say spelling.) I thought that I was going to be a journalist when I was younger until I realized that proper spelling was a necessity, and there was no spell check available at the time.

My goal for this blog is to share what I do in my job as activities director with other activities directors and help and inspire them. I feel that although we are competitors in the business world, that if I can help you make your resident's lives richer, than it is a winning situation for all of us! Please take time to read through the different articles here. Make sure that you follow Recharging Retirees by clicking on your preferred method, RRS Feed, FaceBook, Twitter, etc using the links found on the right side of the page. And last, but not least..... please COMMENT, COMMENT AND COMMENT SOME MORE! Together we can enhance the lives of our residents more efficiently and effectively!

Thank you!

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Not-So-Newlywed Game

One of the fun evenings in our community is when I host the Not-so-Newlywed Game. I’ve done this a few times and the residents really enjoy getting to know some of our couples better. It is not a program that I do every year. I like to mix it in to the calendar so that it stays fresh. I also have it based on when there are enough fun and interesting couples to participate. It is very important that those who are participating are quick witted, up-beat people, who the community knows and likes. The residents remember the real Newlywed Game with Bob Eubanks, so I make sure to speak to the couples independently and assure them that the questions will not be anything inappropriate. I explain to them that I do realize that unlike a cruise ship, that I know that they have to see the people in the audience for the rest of their lives and that I would not embarrass them.

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Brain Games

Recently we hosted our senior Olympics program. This year we added a new event called Brain Games. I found a really good link for brain games that you should look at to understand the definition.
After looking at that link and reading through some other online material, I realized that there is a difference between training your brain and brain games. Be mindful (pun intended) that you are not qualified to train resident's brains unless you have gone to training for it. We, as activities professionals however, are very capable of playing brain games with those who are interested in our communities.
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