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Enhancing Senior Living: The Vital Role of Activities and Activity Directors

Updated: Apr 24

In senior living communities, activities and the guidance of skilled activity directors enrich the lives of residents. Jacob Lapp, Columbine Health System’s Activity Director Team Lead, emphasizes the impact of engaging in hobbies and activities for seniors, stating that research shows they can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety, improve physical health, and increase socialization. He highlights the importance of offering a variety of activities to cater to diverse needs, from intellectual stimulation to physical exercise. At Columbine Health Systems, activities are carefully curated to nurture residents' minds, bodies, and spirits, ensuring that every individual finds purpose and joy in their daily lives.

Jake and AJ
The Wexford resident AJ Erwine and Activity’s Director, Jake Lapp, having St. Patrick’s Day fun!

Why Activities Matter

Mental Stimulation

Engaging in intellectually stimulating activities not only keeps the mind sharp but also promotes cognitive vitality. Activities such as educational seminars, brain games, and poetry clubs encourage residents to continuously learn and explore new ideas, contributing to mental acuity and overall well-being.

Book Club at The Windsor
Staff members Kim Palmer (right) and Marisela Luna (left), enjoy book club at The Windsor Independent Living community with resident, Carolyn McIntosh.

Physical Well-being:

Regular physical activity is vital for maintaining mobility, strength, and overall health in seniors. Activities like yoga, tai chi, and drum circles offer opportunities for gentle exercise, improving flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular health. Additionally, activities such as gardening and museum outings provide enjoyable ways to stay active while connecting with nature or exploring new surroundings.

Music and Movement at The Worthington
Music and Movement at The Worthington

Social Interaction:

Social engagement is essential for combating loneliness and fostering a sense of belonging within senior living communities. Group activities like WII bowling, balloon volleyball, and card games promote camaraderie and friendship, creating opportunities for residents to connect, laugh, and build meaningful relationships.

Champagne Banquet at The Wilson
Champagne Banquet at The Wilson

Emotional Well-being:

Participating in enjoyable activities has been shown to boost self-esteem, improve sleep habits, and minimize behavioral changes among seniors. Events like musical acts, art and appetizers gatherings, and happy hour socials provide avenues for relaxation, enjoyment, and emotional fulfillment, contributing to overall happiness and satisfaction.

Enjoying a Ride on the Ferris Wheel at Scheels
Enjoying a Ride on the Ferris Wheel at Scheels

Ready to embark on a journey of vibrant community life at Columbine Health Systems? Call 970-482-0198 today to schedule a tour of one of our Senior Living Communities and discover a world of possibilities awaiting you or your loved one.

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