• Activities inherently taps into the “potential and creativity” of the participants. This Online study program will encourage you as the activity professional to explore various ways to awaken the potential and creativity in your residents. This will assist you in developing programs that can be used to unlock the creativity in your residents.

    Upon successful completion of the course you will have 5 clock hours of continuing education.

    Workshop Objectives:
    • The student will explore the sources of Human Potential and Creativity within our seniors.
    • The student will understand that Creative activities connects the present with memories of the past.
    • The student will also learn planning skills to Inspire creativity in their residents.
    • The student will learn to plan creative activities based on the examples and the resources provided.
    5 CE Hours
    Pre-Approval
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    31420-18
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  • Americans now spend 90% of their lives totally indoors! It’s not just your tan that suffers from a shut in lifestyle. According to mass amounts of research, being in nature can improve your health, mood, outlook, longevity, concentration, and life overall. We have seen all of the warnings on news programs about the effects not being outdoors is having on our children. What isn’t being addressed is the effect it is having on our seniors. The amount of time spent outdoors dramatically decreases as we age. Add in lack of consistent transportation and the same view day in and day out and we’ve got an epidemic. This course aims to provide you with some helpful information about the benefits of time spent outdoors while arming you with an arsenal of great outdoor activities to get your residents breathing some fresh air…and yourself.

    Utilize our easy to print format in the Click N Print section to make a quick reference binder with all of the activities provided within this online workshop!

    Workshop Objectives:
    Provide student with a myriad of activity ideas within separate activity categories.
    Provide insight into benefits of outdoor activity.
    Provide a quick reference binder for the student to utilize within their own facilities.

    Workshop Content:
    • Outdoor Statistics
    • Benefits of Seniors Being Outdoors
    • Nature Deficit Disorder
    • Earthing
    • Back to Nature Activities
    • Indoor Nature Activities
    • Physical Outdoor Activities
    • Outdoor Parties
    • Resident Outdoor Assessment
    6 CE Hours Pre-Approval#NCCAP31035-18

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  • Running out of activity ideas? Need a refresher in some of the safety standards concerning activities, like Alzheimer appropriate and food related? Consider this the course for you. Along with all of the information about safety provisions, you will learn the best approaches to each listed activity type and numerous planned activities to incorporate into your activity program. This course is designed to help you think about different activities types in a new way to promote the creation of an exciting and varied activity calendar.

    Utilize our easy to print format in the Click N Print section to make a quick reference binder with all of the activities provided within this online workshop!

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Understand Alzheimer's disease; the warning signs, typical age-related change vs. Alzheimer's, and the best approach for planning for this niche.
    • Learn new Alzheimer appropriate activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Better understand the evolution of arts & crafts, their importance in quality of life, and raising expectations for capable residents.
    • Learn new Arts & Crafts activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Ability to create meaningful clubs & committees through departmental, facility, and resident inquiry.
    • Learn new Clubs & Committees to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Understand the basics for handling food safely; the steps necessary for proper shopping, preparation, thawing, cooking, serving, refreezing and storage.
    • Learn new Food related activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Interpret the different affects physical impairments may hold for the residents.
    • Determine the physical needs of each resident through the discovery process (a guide is provided to help you determine the abilities each resident is capable of based on their listed impairments).
    • Using music to determine resident mood and create the ideal environment for the scheduled activity.
    • Learn new Physical & Musical activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Understand the benefits to motivating your resident and raising participation levels.
    • Learn new Resident Motivation activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Utilizing the staff to benefit resident's quality of life through staff motivation and appreciation.
    • Learn new Staff Motivation activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    8 CE Hours
    Pre-Approval
    #NCCAP 30303-17


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  • In continuation of our very popular Bucket of Games: Part I…we present Bucket of Games: Part II. This course gives a comprehensive overview to five different activity types including physical, cognitive, sensory stimulation, reminiscing, fundraisers, and adaptations. Basically, everything that you missed from Part I is included here, in great detail, and still in an easy to print format. This course is everything you need to revamp your activity calendar.

    Utilize our easy to print format in the Click N Print section to make a quick reference binder with all of the activities provided within this online workshop!

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Understand the importance of physical activities, specifically related to the elderly population.
    • Learn new physical activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Better understand the ways cognitive activities, balanced with consistency, can create big differences in their residents mental capacities.
    • Learn new cognitive activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Learn techniques for designing activities for residents suffering with Alzheimer's/Dementia.
    • Learn new sensory stimulation to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Understand the principles of Reminiscence Therapy, its importance, and how to put this therapy into action.
    • Learn new reminiscing activities to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Determine the physical needs of each resident through the discovery process (a guide is provided to help you determine the abilities each resident is capable of based on their listed impairments).
    • Utilize a 10 step guide to planning a successful fundraiser.
    • Learn new fundraisers to incorporate into your activity program.
    • Learn ways in which you can adapt other activities to suit the needs of a specific resident or condition.
    8 CE Hours
    Pre-Approval
    #NCCAP 30304-17


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  • This course will provide the Activity Director (AD) with the reasons that gardening is so beneficial and therapeutic to the aging population. Tending to plants, being outdoors, gardening, and reminiscing about gardening experiences give new meaning to the lives of those who have lost their independence and purpose in life. Many gardening ideas, group activities, event ideas, establishing a garden calendar, and actual projects are included in this course.

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Upon completion the student will understand how horticulture benefits the elderly cognitively, psychologically, socially, and physically.
    • The student will understand the importance of implementing programming that creates social connections between residents and their families through gardening.
    • Upon completion the student will have a tool chest of new ideas for starting her own garden in her facility with the help of community organizations.
    • The student will have a variety of gardening projects that may be incorporated directly into her activity programming.
    Workshop Content:
    • History of Horticultural Therapy
    • Benefits of Gardening
    • Activities for the Residents--Active and Passive
    • Starting a Garden at your Facility
    • Safety Issues
    • Events
    • ProjectsOutdoor Statistics
    5 CE Hours Pre-Approval#NCCAP50096-18

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  • Calendar planning is a fun part of our job, however sometimes it can be difficult to put together a month that “flows” or seems cohesive. Often, Activity Professionals think that planning around a theme can be time consuming and not effective. However, this course will get you thinking in a different way! Theme programming, whether daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly, can help you plan new programs for your residents, get your interdisciplinary team involved with activities, and can even help with your activity participation. This course will offer you the basics on how to implement themes, as well as give you some great ideas to get you started.

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Understand the role themes already play with our residents
    • Learn how to develop themes for a time frame (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly)
    • Learn how to incorporate your regularly scheduled programming into your theme
    • Find theme ideas to get you started

    Workshop Content: Upon completion of this workshop, the professional will have learned about:

    • The Importance of Themes
    • Getting Started
    • Tying it All Together
    • Getting the Team Involved
    • Increasing Participation
    • Ideas to Inspire
    8 CE Hours
    Pre-Approval
    #NCCAP 30345-17
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  • What is a Virtual Vacation? A Virtual Vacation is a specially written guide, which allows the resident(s) to travel from the comfort of their own room or the facility. The activity is a story, which takes the resident(s) through the vacation as if they are actually experiencing it. The Virtual Vacation is meant to bring everything to the senses that one would normally experience if they were to visit the physical location or time period. Taking a Virtual Vacation allows the resident(s) to travel without ever having to leave and help them to break up the monotony of daily life. Keep in mind you do not have to simply go to another country. You can go anywhere during any time period and re-create themes and worlds out of almost any vacation! This activity is designed to include as many or as little residents/staff/volunteers/community in the planning process as you desire, from start to finish!

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Understand the components that must be addressed in order to successfully plan a Virtual Vacation.
    • Understand how to evaluate resident’s needs and interests in order to interpret them into a more customized Virtual Vacation.
    • Establish outside connections and available resources to incorporate this activity into many different arenas of your activity program.
    • Learn how to plan and present your own Virtual Vacation from start to finish.
    6 CE Hours Pre-Approval#
    NCCAP30234-18
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  • This workshop focuses on relevant literature, experiential exercises, and skills that an activity professional would need to “therapeutically enhance” an activity group. This workshop rose out of a concern that older adults in the nursing home were not provided with enough opportunities to grow and develop. It incorporates theories of lifespan development, tenets of life review, existential-person-centered psychology, and basic listening skills. The intent is for activity professionals to use the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they have gained from this workshop to “enhance” their reminiscence-based activity groups.

    Workshop Objectives:
    • To add value to activity groups by incorporating psychological knowledge and principles, specifically the tenets of life review and person-centered psychology
    • To improve psychosocial functioning
    • To increase life satisfaction in the nursing home
    • To help activity professionals more effectively address topics such as death, meaninglessness, isolation, and despair

    Workshop Content: Upon completion of this workshop, the professional will have learned about:

    • Lifespan development in older adulthood
    • Ego Integrity (life satisfaction) versus despair
    • Mental illnesses commonly found in the nursing home
    • Relevance of existential-person-centered(person centered) psychology for older adults
    • The process of life review
    • Ways to utilize life review and basic listening skills with your residents
    8 CE Hours
    Pre-Approval
    #NCCAP 31973-18
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  • There are 8 major components to ensuring a successful bus trip. In this class we will explore all eight areas and provide you with the tools necessary to ensure a safe and happy trip. You will also receive a Bus Trip Policy that can be implemented in your facility.

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Identify and avoid the pitfalls of bus trips
    • Evaluate your bus trip participants to determine appropriate staff ratios
    • Identify your safety precautions, be prepared for your next bus trip.
    8 CE Hours
    Pre-Approval
    NCCAP27081-15
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  • This course will provide the Activity Director (AD) and Recreational Therapist with the reasons that visual arts are so beneficial to the aging population who have experienced loss in a variety of ways in their lives. Also included are examples of those whose lives have been transformed because someone took the time to work with them in the creative process. There is a list that accompanies the course with art projects and their instructions.

    Workshop Objectives:
    • Upon completion the student will have an understanding of the cognitive and psychological and benefits associated with art and creativity.
    • The student will understand the importance of implementing programming that creates social connections between residents.
    • Upon completion the student will have techniques, ideas and tools that will help guide them in approaching and planning artistic activities effectively.
    • The student will have a variety of art projects that may be incorporated directly into their activity programming.
    Workshop Content:
    • What Is Art?
    • Cognitive and Psychological Benefits of Art
    • Importance of Resident Connections
    • Effective Activity Approaches
    • Art Projects
    3 CE Hours Pre-Approval#NCCAP32200-18

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