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‘If You Build It, They Will Come’ Not True of Assisted Living Activities

Assisted Living – a service that assists elderly persons in their old age – requires that the elderly do various forms of recreational activities. These activities include bingo, watching TV, reminiscing and more. These activities offer various amounts of consequences both good and bad. Researchers are trying to pinpoint what these consequences are in order to increase transparency on which recreational activities are effective or not. Each assisted living establishment is different because each person who benefits from assisted living has differing mental states. Therefore it is necessary to compile more research on the recreational activities for assisted living providers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Engaging assisted living residents in recreational activity is not straightforward
  • Studies have found positivity with recreational activities in assisted living although small and inconsistent
  • More work needs to be done on interests, biophysical needs, engagement, personal meaning, and activity demands

“Family visits and walking were the two most commonly cited activities, at 26 and 25 mentions each. Physical exercise, bingo, arts and crafts, and watching TV were commonly mentioned as well.”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2017/10/24/if-you-build-it-they-will-come-not-true-of-assisted-living-activities/

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