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Ask the Experts: Best Presentations for Family Nights
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Question: What kinds of presentations work best for Family Nights?

Answer: The list of potential topics is endless but you might want to try a mix of both social and educational.

  • “How to plan for Medicaid”
    • Invite your caseworker, an Elder Law attorney, the Office on Aging, etc. to provide an educational program. Encourage families to come and learn when and how to initiate the Medicaid application process, with an emphasis on the fact that your team at the community is there to help in any way.
  • “Legal Documents-Which ones are right for you?
    • Power of Attorney (POA), Healthcare Power of Attorney (HCPOA), Guardianship, Trusts, Wills, etc. are all important topics for residents and family members. Invite an Elderlaw firm, the Office on Aging, a Case Management group to offer a program that helps to educate on the difference and need for each type of document or service.
  • “Wellness and Aging-They go together”
    • Invite your Therapy providers, your Beauty/Spa provider, any wellness providers such as Massage Therapists, etc. to put together a program that focuses on Wellness. Include examples of easy exercise programs, stretches, etc. Your Beauty/Spa vendor might provide Mini Facials, Mini Manicures or hand massages. Involve your Dietitian and Food Service Department to provide smoothies and nutritional snacks and desserts including products that are available in local groceries so that guests might try something “new.” One of your vendors might offer a promo item such as a pedometer or a squeeze ball. Are there areas at your community that are already measured and marked as walking routes? Two laps around the garden area = ½ mile? Is there a local person who can speak about Meditation or “Aging Gracefully.” Is there a local comedian who might keep the topic light and engaging?
  • Any programs which feature art, music, entertainment, etc. work well, particularly if you involve residents and area youngsters. Invite local schools and performance groups to participate.
October 26, 2015
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