Can you believe it is almost October?! The air is getting chilly, the leaves are turning colors,…. um… I love autumn! Here is October’s planning helps for you!
October is …
- American Magazine Month
- Billiards Awareness Month
- Computer Learning Month
- Country Music Month
- German-American Heritage Month
- Healthy Lung Month
- National Bake and Decorate Month
- National Book Month
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- National Caramel Month
- National Chili Month
- National Cookbook Month
- National Dental Hygiene Month
- National Dessert Month
- National Go On a Field Trip Month
- National Kitchen and Bath Month
- National Physical Therapy Month
- National Pizza Month
- National Popcorn Poppin’ Month
- National Reading Group Month
- National Roller Skating Month
- National Stamp Collecting Month
- National Work and Family Month
- Photographer Appreciation Month
- Polish-American Heritage Month
- Spinach Lovers Month
- Squirrel Awareness Month
- Talk About Prescriptions Month
Recognize this World Vegetarian Day by serving residents a delicious vegetarian option for lunch.
Peanut Farmer Social
On this birthday of peanut farmer and president Jimmy Carter, encourage residents to socialize over shelled peanuts. Provide residents with nut crackers for those who need more help in getting the shells off the peanuts.
Dim Sum Happy Hour
Celebrate this National Day of China by serving Chinese egg rolls with dipping sauce at this evening’s happy hour. Chit chat with residents about any visits they have made to Asia.
Oct 2 is World Farm Animal Day so have a Petting Farm
Invite a local petting farm to your facility on this World Farm Animals Day.
Reminiscence & Tea
During this National Roller Skating Month, invite residents to reminisce about roller skating as kids. Ask the residents if any of them had skate keys. Serve hot tea and cookies.
Fall Wine Picnic
Break open the wine and invite residents for a fun fall picnic indoors. Serve sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and wine. If weather permits, host the event outdoors.
Ladies Home Journal Social
For this American Magazine Month, download articles from the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine and discuss how the magazine has changed over the years. Ask residents whether they still read the magazine. Serve veggies and dip as a snack.
Encourage residents to join in a harvest discussion. Have residents tell stories of what harvest time was like for them as children. Ask residents if their school was closed during harvest so that kids could help out on their family’s farm.
Oct 4 is Detective comic strip Dick Tracy debuted (1931)
Spot the Difference
Invite residents to play detective on this day that the detective comic strip Dick Tracy debuted, by spotting the differences between two Halloween pictures.
Get your residents ready for the Neighborhood Walk for a Cure on October 7, by encouraging residents to go for a walk around your facility after lunch.
Coffee Klatch Social
Encourage residents to socialize as they are served an array of delicious hot coffee on this cool afternoon. Serve butter cookies as a snack.
Teach residents how to use the computer designated for residents during this Computer Learning Month. Teach residents how to set up a Facebook page in which they can communicate with friends and family.
Encourage residents to partake in a fun photography session during this Photographer Appreciation Month. Allow residents to borrow your facility’s camera to take snapshots of the changing leaves outdoors.
Oct 5 World Smile Day Good Deeds
Assist residents with doing good deeds on this World Smile Day. Make a list of “volunteer opportunities” throughout your facility for residents, like reading to a resident, handing out magazines to those in bed, or watering plants.
Oct 6 is National German-American Day
Teach your residents some clean German words on this National German-American Day.
Teach your residents how to do the Waltz on this National German-American Day.
German Root Beer Sample Social
Serve residents a variety of root beer, to sample. Ask residents to discuss their travels to Germany.
Hire an entertainer to stop by and play fun German music as your facility celebrates Oktoberfest. Encourage residents to do the German Waltz that they learned earlier today.
Warm Apple Cider Social
Serve residents warm apple cider on this autumn day. Serve ginger snaps as a snack. Ask residents if they have ever made apple cider
Chili & Cornbread Lunch
During this National Chili Month, serve residents a home-made chili and cornbread lunch. Consider turning the lunch into a special Harvest Hoe-Down meal by using plastic utensils along with plastic red and white checkered tablecloths
Betty Crocker School
For this National Cookbook Month, invite a staff member from Dining Services to host a cooking demonstration for residents.
Falling Leaves Social
Set up your afternoon social near a big picture window and invite residents to look outside at the falling leaves. Ask residents if they remember raking leaves or playing in them as children. Serve warm cookies as a snack.
Encourage your seniors to make their own stationery by doing an easy leaf stamping craft. Supply residents with writing paper for stamping.
One on One
Invite a pharmacist to come to your facility to talk to residents about their prescriptions during this Talk About Prescriptions Month.
Dessert of the Month Club
During this National Dessert Month, have residents gather and vote for a particular dessert to be served at a special dinner this month. Give residents a list of choices from which they can choose. Take a tally and serve the chosen dessert at the designated time.
Invite your facility’s Maintenance Coordinator to share fire safety information with residents during this Fire Prevention Week.
Oct 11 – Apollo 7, the United States’ first manned Apollo mission, was launched (1968) Space Race Social
On this day that the first manned Apollo mission was launched, reminisce with residents about the space race between the United States and Russia. Ask residents where they were when the United States first landed on the moon. Serve popcorn as a snack.
Crafts: Squirrel Treats
For this Squirrel Awareness Month, encourage your seniors to make a fun and easy craft like peanut butter treats for your neighborhood squirrels.
Red Hat Ladies Volunteer Project
For this American Magazine Month, encourage your red hatters to collect old magazines and recycle them with your local recycling center. Encourage the red hatters to set up a recycling program at your facility, if your facility does not currently recycle.
Oct 12 Columbus Day
Columbus Day Parade
Seat residents in your Activity Room and supply them with coffee and doughnuts. Create your own parade by having the residents who are marching in the parade tell the others what country their family is originally from. Invite the resident to tell a brief story of how their family came to the New World.
To honor Christopher Columbus on this day, coordinate with Dining Services to create a festive and delicious Italian feast for residents.
Columbus Day Social
Celebrate Columbus Day by sharing interesting facts about Christopher Columbus’ journey to the New World. Serve wine and cheese as a snack.
Armchair Travel: Rainforest
Take your residents for a trip to the rainforest during this World Rainforest Week. Borrow the video Tropical Rainforest: IMAX (1992) from your local library or video store.
Enjoy the autumn weather by taking residents for a hayride. Contact a local vendor that provides hayrides for seniors.
Country Music Social
For this Country Music Month, play country music and encourage residents to sing along to country song lyrics. Serve root beer and pretzels as a snack
Invite one of your facility’s physical therapists to talk to residents about exercise and the benefits of physical therapy during this National Physical Therapy Month.
Oct 21 – All That Jazz Social
Play jazz music in honor of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie’s birthday today. Serve wine (grape juice) and cheese as a snack.
Oct 23 Honor Social
On this day that the first Unknown Soldier to be honored was selected, encourage residents to discuss what they heard growing up from their parents about World War I and the soldiers who fought in the War. Serve popcorn as a snack.
Caramel Dessert Bar
After dinner, invite residents to make tasty desserts with a fun caramel bar during this National Caramel Month. Set up a dessert bar featuring ice cream with toppings including caramel sauce, caramel cookies, and caramel candies.
Fall Sweater Day
Encourage residents and staff to wear their favorite fall sweaters on this day. Give a prize to the resident wearing the most seasonal sweater.
Oct 26 – Wheel of Fortune
Have fun imitating Pat Sajak today on his birthday as you have residents guess letters that are found in a wheel of fortune puzzle. Print out a small wheel for the residents to spin as they try to solve the puzzle. Secure a paperclip to the wheel using a push pin. Have the residents flick the paperclip to spin the wheel.
Gather residents around to play a fun game of Pictionary, in which residents draw pictures to get their teammates to guess a specific Halloween word or phrase.
Invite kids to come by in costume to parade in front of residents before they go out trick-or-treating. Give residents candy to distribute to the kids
And remember…. HAVE FUN!