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About Jolene

Jolene has enjoyed working in
the healthcare field in such
capacities as Marketing
Director, Activity Director and
Coordinator of Dementia
programs. She currently holds
an Administrator's License and
works as an Activity Consultant.
She is the author of A+
Activites and owner and
operator of the A+ Activities
website, a website dedicated
to Activity Professionals that
has been in circulation for over
12 years.  

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What Is Intergenerational Programming And
How Can It Benefit Our Facility?

Hello Everyone, I am so thrilled to be joining the team at Activity Director Today! I look
forward to sharing ideas to aide you in activity programming at your facility. Through
A+ Activities I hope to provide you with meaningful activity ideas that will be enjoyed
by all of those involved. Thank you for taking the time to do such special work for your

What Is Intergenerational Programming And How Can It Benefit Our Facility?

The National Council on Aging defines "intergenerational programs" as "activities or
programs that increase cooperation, interaction or exchange between any two
generations. They can be mutually beneficial to your residents and the children
involved. These programs can enhance social skills, improve health and provide a
link for cultural exchange.

There are many groups of children who you may consider inviting to your facility for
an activity. Some groups to consider are: local youth groups, after school programs,
children and/or grandchildren of the staff or grandchildren of current residents. Here
are a couple of ideas to get you started:

Alpha-Bits Scrabble

Pair off one senior and one younger child into teams. Give each team a paper cup
filled with Alpha-Bits cereal and a paper plate. Give them about 30 seconds for each
team of two people to spell their partner’s favorite color. Switch partners and give
different assignments - favorite food, sport, school subject, animal, etc. Variations:
Could make your own letters out of construction paper or foam. Use scrabble tiles or
magnetic letters like the ones you use on the fridge, available at most dollar stores.
This gives each team a chance to learn more about each other and work together to
accomplish a goal.


This is one of the classic and favorite circle games of all time. Everyone sits in chairs
in a circle. Together everyone holds up a parachute. If you don’t have a parachute,
you can also use a bed sheet. A ball is then placed in the middle of the parachute.
The goal is to move the ball around while keeping it on the parachute. This is a
simple game that is not only fun but promotes physical activity.

March is National Craft Month! Let’s celebrate by trying some seasonal craft ideas:
Puffy Shamrock Decorations

These puffy shamrocks are adorable as decorations on your table, or you can put
them up on the wall. You'll need green construction paper or card stock, glue, green
tissue paper and scissors.

Draw some medium-sized shamrocks on the construction paper or card stock. Cut
them out with the scissors. Spread some glue on the surface of the shamrocks so
that a thin layer of glue is covering each one. Tear and crumble the green tissue
paper into small wads. Put each wad of paper onto the shamrock until it’s completely
covered with little wads of tissue paper. Let it dry and display it on the table or hang
on the wall.

Easter Hat Decoration

You will need straw hats, plastic Easter eggs, Easter grass, ribbons, flowers and a
glue gun.

With the glue gun, glue the Easter grass all around the base of the hat. Glue the
plastic eggs in various positions onto the grass. Glue on flowers all around the hat.
Make a bow with the ribbon and glue it on the bottom of the hat. Be creative and be
sure to help those who may not be safe with a glue gun. When finished with your
creation, hang on the front door or on the wall.

Special Event Idea

We can all get feeling down with those winter blahs but spring is on the way! Get in
the mood by hosting a Think Spring fashion show!
We now have available 10
holiday themed bingo cards with
hand-drawn images, a
crossword puzzle, a wordsearch
puzzle and a coloring page.
They are available for only $10
which includes shipping and

Easter themed pack is currently
available and can be purchased through
my site at
or an invoice can be requested
from me at