January 24-30 is National Activity Professionals Week, an opportunity to recognize the role of Resident Enrichment Directors and other activities professionals have in enhancing seniors’ lives nationwide.
At MBK Senior Living communities, our Resident Enrichment Directors help advance our signature program, Mind+Body Wellness, by providing residents the opportunity to choose from several activities, classes, and programs that enrich the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. The program encourages residents to integrate all aspects of wellness into their lives and offers a diverse offering designed with the specific needs of residents in mind.
“The past year and conditions due to the pandemic have created challenges to the robust offerings and group classes that so many of our residents enjoy,” said Crystal Roberts, National Director of Resident Enrichment. “Our team of Resident Enrichment directors has stepped up to find creative solutions to keep residents thriving.”
“It’s fitting that this year’s theme to National Activity Professionals Week is ‘10,000 Possibilities’,” added Crystal. “It’s a reminder that while we currently might not be able to do traditional activities and outings, there are always new possibilities to explore. It just takes some imagination and willingness to embrace new technology – which our team wholeheartedly does!”
In addition to various emotional, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual opportunities, MBK communities launched its annual themed activities program in January. This year’s theme, “America the Great,” will immerse residents monthly in America’s history, culture, food, music, politics, as well as other aspects that make America great.
This month’s focus was “Welcome to Hollywood!” featuring activities and discussions that celebrated American radio, television, and film. Residents have enjoyed film fests to view some of America’s all-time most significant films, tested their knowledge of broadcast history and trivia, played “Hallway Game Shows” to maintain social distance while testing knowledge of long-time American game shows, joined virtual book clubs to discuss biographies of notable American celebrities, and so much more.
“There’s a misperception that seniors are ‘locked down,’ isolated and alone in senior living communities due to the pandemic,” said Roberts. “But the fact is, here they have access to programs, services, and technology to keep them active, connected, and safe. More so than most would have in their own homes.”
“When you pivot your thinking to what’s possible, as opposed to what’s paused during the pandemic, you’ll find the possibilities to stay active and engaged are endless,” said Roberts.
To learn more or find an MBK community near you, visit MBKseniorliving.com.