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Three fun activities our residents like to get involved in at Maycroft Manor

17 April 2018

Three fun activities our residents like to get involved in at Maycroft Manor

Taking part in fun activities can enrich the lives of our residents. The fun and games we plan aren’t just to fill up the hours or to alleviate boredom; all the activities at Maycroft Manor in Brighton are designed to stimulate, to challenge and to entertain. We pride ourselves on offering a creative range of elderly games and activities so that our residents can gain the maximum benefit.

All our activities are designed to:

  • Improve mood: Encouraging participation in meaningful activities is one of the best ways to tackle depression in older people.
  • Tackle loneliness: Promoting activities that help residents to socialise and make new friends will help them feel part of a community.
  • Improving mental wellbeing: Offering challenging, mentally stimulating activities can lessen the risk and slow the progression of dementia.
  • Promoting physical health: We like to get our residents moving, as this is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of falls and keep the heart and body healthy.

As you can see, taking part in activities has many important benefits, and we encourage our residents to get involved as much as possible.

The residents favourite activities

We do lots of fun things with our residents, from craft to fitness, gardening to baking. We asked them what their favourite activities are; here are the results:

  1. Carpet boules

At Maycroft Manor, the residents like to play carpet boules every week. It’s really popular because it’s a sociable and competitive sport suitable for all levels of fitness. It also works the arms and legs helping to keep the heart and body healthy!

  1. Flower arranging

Every fortnight, the residents attend our flower arranging class. We try and theme our classes around the time of year and the residents really enjoy using their hands, working with the different colours and textures of the plants and releasing their creativity.

  1. Quizzes and other word games

Every week we run at least two general knowledge quizzes which are well attended, and word game Quicktionary is also becoming an increasing favourite! The quizzes and word games stimulate our residents mentally and Quicktionary is brilliant as it suitable for all levels of literacy. It also helps to encourage reminiscence using theme cards such as the beach within the word play.

Getting older people up, moving and involved can do wonders for their mental and physical wellbeing. We’re proud to offer a wide range of fun things to do at Maycroft Manor, but always welcome suggestions from friends, family and the residents themselves about new things we could be doing. Do let us know if you have a bright idea!

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