Yes folks it’s that time of year again, National Assisted Living Week! I know it seems that we just celebrated National Joint Pain Week last week, but here we are again. The theme of this year’s Week is Living Life, which for us here at The Gramma Sutra means living a sexual life. So, enjoy the week, explore some Assisted Living Centers, but please, mind if there’s a sock or a Celebrex prescription on the door. Don’t come a knockin’ if Gramma’s a rockin’!
Spread the word. National Assisted Living Week is September 12 – 18, 2010!
Since 1995, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has been providing an opportunity for communities to celebrate and care for their local assisted living residents. National Assisted Living Week is a week-long celebration that includes games, events, promotions and products all aimed at creating awareness in local populations while providing memorable experiences for assisted living residents.
This Year’s Theme: Living Life!
Each year, NCAL chooses a theme to catch the public’s attention and inspire assisted living residents toward positive thinking. This year’s theme is “Living Life!” NCAL’s promotional materials explain what this theme means in context for assisted living residents:
You don’t have to be a rock climber, sky diver, marathon runner, or scholar to live life to the fullest. Living life means participating in activities that you enjoy and pursuing your passions, whatever they may be. It means never stopping the process of discovery or mastering talents. It means sharing your history and teaching others what you have learned. It is a lifelong pursuit of happiness and growth.
Event Ideas for Assisted Living Residents
NCAL’s 2010 National Assisted Living Week planning guide is chock full of ideas that can make the week memorable for assisted living residents across the country! From a homecoming event with visiting high school football teams, cheerleaders and a backyard barbeque, to exquisite evenings with local artists and musicians, culinary tours, and even progressive parties hosted by assisted living residents, the week is sure to bring joy to residents, staff, families and the local community alike!
Get Involved in National Assisted Living Week, 2010
You don’t have to be an assisted living resident or family member to participate in the festivities. If you are a local artist, musician, photographer, performer, coach, politician or chef, contact a local assisted living facility to offer your services. Or simply offer to volunteer at an event in your area. One of the greatest benefits of National Assisted Living Week is the opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the seniors in their area and participate in fun activities together. So people of all ages are needed to make National Assisted Living Week a celebration to remember!
If you or your loved one live in an assisted living facility, make sure it is participating by contacting the administration. Find out about the events occurring at your facility and play a part in proving that “Living Life” can happen at any age!