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Beyond Bingo: Innovative Activities at Today's Nursing Homes - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuck away that bingo card, because it's wine and cheese night with a side of painting.

By Angela Haupt, Staff Writer |Nov. 16, 2016, at 12:00 a.m

Three groans for the three B’s

Bingo, Bible study and birthday parties – at some nursing homes, that’s as good as it gets. Traditionally, long-term care facilities have come up short in the activities realm, relying on old standbys that aren’t meaningful or particularly enjoyable. But change and innovation are nigh which means seniors could be belting karaoke tunes one night and watching comedy on YouTube the next. "We’re past just trying to fill time,” says Dallas-based Natalie Davis, who specializes in gerontology and teaches courses on developing activities for long-term care residents. "We want to enrich their lives.” Here’s a sampling of what that looks like.


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