By Rita Torres, Operations Manager
New Year’s Eve celebrations are a topic of discussion for many of us right now. I can recall my own activities over the years and while they were enjoyable, that type of celebrating is not something I am interested in now. My idea of a celebration involves close, intimate surroundings with those for whom I care, sharing memories, laughing, and remembering, playing Charades, Monopoly, or Yahtzee.
This brought to mind those in nursing homes or other such type facilities. I began to wonder what the residents might really enjoy doing. It’s not that they can’t enjoy or celebrate the New Year. Nor does the celebration have to be a big “bash-type” party. I wanted to offer some ideas that might build community interaction and be fun as well.
Read aloud resolutions
Ask each person to read aloud their resolution for the upcoming New Year. An added twist to this game is to write down a list of resolutions and ask others to guess whose resolution it could be.
Truth and lie game
Each person will speak three different statements, two of them true, and one false. The idea is to figure out which is the false statement. This game can help residents know one another better.
Do some research on the internet or buy a book on how to make things of paper. Ask the residents to make things of paper like boats, eyeglasses, caps, etc. Be sure to provide decorative items to allow for creativity and individuality.
Give a pen and paper to each person in the nursing home, including staff. Ask them to write down their vision for the upcoming New Year. Or ask them to create a timeline about when they got married or when was their first child born.
Though a New Year’s Eve party in a nursing home cannot be like other parties as celebrated across the world, peaceful celebrations can be done and they can be memorable.