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ABOUT CHRISTINE

Christine received her North
Carolina State AD
qualification through
Rowan-Cabarrus Community
College, Continuing Education
Health Occupations Program
in November 2007. She has
been volunteering at living
assistant and adult care
facilities since 2007. Christine
writes for The Rec-Room and
compiles fantastic monthly
theme-related activity ideas for
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Christine Jennings
Holiday/Celebration: Labor Day
1st Monday of September

Overview:
We celebrate all the working people that have made everyday contributions
to the growth of our country. This is also a day for families to spend time
together, to relax, play games and enjoy a good old fashion picnic with lots
of barbeque.

Activities: (name suggestions)
1.        Whistle while you Work…(Reminiscing)
2.        Working it (Physical movement)
3.        Been there, done that!  (Cognitive skills)

Activity 1 – Reminiscing

Get a list of work songs and ask residents if they remember songs they use
to sing for fun at work. Examples:
      Whistle while you Work
      Working on the Railroad
You can find other fun work songs on Bussongs.com Afterwards let
residents talk about their work experience. Question suggestions:
What was the funniest thing a work manager asked them to do as part of
their job duty?

What was the worse thing a manager asked them to do as part of their job
duty?

How long did they work at one specific job?

Which co-worker do they remember most and why?

Activity 2 – Physical movement

To get the residents moving you either exercise or dance to songs that
relate to work. Suggestions:
Nine To Five (Dolly Parton)        
Working on the Highway (Bruce Springsteen)
Working for the Man (Roy Orbison)                
Five O’clock World (The Vogues)
Don’t Talk to Me about Work (Lou Reed)        
Chain Gang (Sam Cooke)        
Workin’ for a Livin’ (Huey Lewis and The News)
You can search for more work songs on Google.com

Activity 3 – Cognitive skills

Have a list of job titles and job descriptions. Write down on a white board
the list of job titles. Read the job descriptions and ask residents which job
title fits the job descriptions.
Examples:
  • Takes your food order and brings it to you at a restaurant. (Waitress)
  • Works on car engines when cars have a problem or needs oil
    change. (Mechanic)
  • Takes your blood pressure before the doctor sees you in his office.
    (Nurse)
  • Deposit your money in an account until you need it. (Banker)
  • Gives you lessons to learn and helps you make the grades.
    (Teacher)
Now make up your own one line description and try to include the
description of jobs your residents had before they retired or came to your
facility, this will get everyone talking about their past work experience. To
make it a more challenging game, ask the residents to give a one line job
description of their past job so everyone can guess what job title they had.
Use the examples above to help them out.

Blessings,
Christine Jennings