The staff and I recently held a 1960’s day in our aged care center and it was a huge success with the residents. In this article, I am sharing some of the key points and some photos to help inspire you when holding your own 1960’s day.
- Encourage all staff to dress in 60’s fashions
- Help make dress-up props for your residents e.g. hair bands, beads, peace sign pendants, tie-dye t-shirts
- Make posters from the 60s, peace signs, words like Cool & Groovy. A simple Google image search will bring up many you can print out.
- Decorate the tables with colourful table cloths and VW Kombi models printed out on the internet
- Have lots of great music playing from the era.
Some suggestions are: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sonny & Cher, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Foundations, The Temptations, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Supremes, Nancy Sinatra and more.
- Serve 60’s popular food. We had french onion dip spread on crackers to serve, chocolate fondue, fruit punch served from a punch bowl, sponge cake, small sandwiches.
- Make a 60’s photo booth. We were lucky enough to have a very creative staff member who cut out a VW Kombi from a sheet of plywood and painted it. You can buy online VW photo props (The VW Kombi was very popular in the 1960s)
8. After nibbles, photos and music. Run a 1960s quiz! Click here to see our quiz.
9. Encourage residents to talk about their memories of living in the ’60s. It was a pretty hip!