National Assisted Living Week, a yearly week-long celebration first established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995, is slated to kick off on September 11, 2011. Because the 2011 event begins on the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the NCAL has fittingly dubbed this year’s theme “Forever Proud.”
The anniversary of 9/11 holds a special meaning to many assisted living residents who have served our country as police officers, fire fighters, first responders or members of the military. Even those who never served in such a role recall vividly where they were, who they were with and what they were doing the devastating moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
“Forever Proud” carries even more significance than the remembrance of 9/11, also alluding to the importance of remaining proud of contributions and accomplishments throughout life, friends and family, life achievements and those that will outlive us, skills already mastered or in development and even local communities or sports teams. There’s much in life to be proud of and this year’s National Assisted Living Week® brings that spirit alive, encouraging staff and residents in assisted living facilities to step forward, share their stories and show their skills.
The NCAL has provided a guide for activities directors and other assisted living staff with ideas for events. Ideas include:
- A patriotic barbeque with speeches by local politicians
- Asking residents to share their memories of the moments they learned of the 9/11 attacks and the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor
- Creating care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas
- Hearing stories from resident Veterans who have served active duty
- Hold an old-fashioned U.S.O. dance
- Setting up displays exemplifying residents’ hobbies or accomplishments
- Honoring one or a few residents each day by sharing interesting life facts
There are an abundance of activities that will engage residents and bring out their sense of pride in their achievements and skills. Take the opportunity this week to help your residents commemorate those who lost their lives on 9/11 or serving our nation, themselves and their peers.
What do you have planned to celebrate National Assisted Living Week in your facility? Share your ideas with us in the comments below!
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