NEIGHBORS

Pet sitting for old friends who live next door, playing your weekly bridge game with the ladies in the neighborhood, shoveling the sidewalk of the elderly couple down the street, watching your next-door-neighbor's children for the ... Read more

SPRING WELCOMING

The birds are singing, the bunnies are hopping, the flowers are blooming-spring is bursting out all over! It's time to awaken our senses and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of a new season. Ask your participants: What are your favorite ... Read more

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW

Many people look forward to winter and the season's first snowfall. Senior adults often have many happy memories associated with the "big" winter snows of their childhood. Plan some reminiscing activities related to wintertime, and you're ... Read more

FARM LIFE

The growing season is winding down, and soon it will be time to celebrate the bountiful harvest of autumn. The fall season often evokes memories of life on the family farm. Many senior adults who grew up in the early 20th century come from ... Read more

GRANDPARENTS

Older adults have fulfilled many roles in life. Among the most cherished is that of grandparent. Grandparents are important members of our families and communities. They provide extended family support and encouragement and a link to family ... Read more

MOM’S HOME COOKING

Fourth of July picnics, backyard barbecues, and family reunions - summer is here! Sharing food with family and friends often evokes memories of Mom's home cooking. Ask your group to talk about the meaning of the phrase, "Just like Mom used ... Read more

TRAIN TRAVEL

Warm weather and the sound of a distant train whistle will often evoke memories of America's past. Train travel was the nation's preferred means of transportation in the early 20th century. As teens and young adults in the 1930s and 1940s, ... Read more

LAUGHING TOGETHER

Snicker, chuckle, giggle, chortle, hoot, and cackle - have you had a good laugh today? Laughter and humor appeal to people of all ages. Older adults, in particular, can attest to the value of a good sense of humor. It helps to keep life in ... Read more

PETS

If you listen carefully to stories and tales told by older adults, many involve a beloved member - the family pet! The unconditional love and affection of a four-legged friend is powerful. Millions of American households own at least one ... Read more

FAMILY FOLKLORE

Dad's fishing stories, Mom's special Thanksgiving recipes, Aunt Jane's memory quilts, Uncle Bob's silly songs, Grandma's home cures, Great-grandmother's heirloom jewelry. What kinds of folklore traditions are unique to your family? Family ... Read more

HOBBIES

A hobbyist likes to engage in an activity for fun as opposed to profit. But some people have such a gift and passion for their hobby that they take it to a new level. Ask your group: How do amateur hobbyists turn into professionals? Do you ... Read more

FIFTIES REVISITED

Have you noticed today's nostalgic craze for the 1950s? Ask your participants what images come to mind when they think of the years 1950-1959. Did they name tail-finned cars, interstate highways, crew cuts, hula hoops, PTA, poodle skirts, ... Read more