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New Year’s Eve in Aged Care

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in aged care doesn’t have to be too challenging, of course, we don’t all sit up till midnight waiting for the year to turn into a new one but you can create a fantastic day time party to celebrate the new year.

While working in an assisted living facility my residents requested that they would love to celebrate by having a New Year’s Eve ‘old-time dance’.

We set up our large activity room with decorations and tables around the edge of the room leaving a dance floor in the middle. 

We blew up lots of colourful balloons and placed them in the middle of the dance floor they bounced around as our dancers moved across the floor and decorated the outer tables with centerpieces displaying big Happy New Year messages. 

We hosted our party in the afternoon and supplied beer, wine and soft drinks along with platters of savoury nibbles for our guests. We encouraged everyone to dress up and we played great old time dance music. 

Volunteers, family & friends were invited to attend and they encouraged our residents to get up and dance.

Of course, there are residents that cannot join in the dancing but are happy to watch, chat and enjoy the party atmosphere.

We would close the afternoon sing-along and wish everyone a happy new year. We did this every new year as everyone found the afternoon very enjoyable.
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Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.

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