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A little less than a happy high
Sometimes I look at activities calendars from nursing homes and wonder if the whole activities concept will need to be rethought when my generation enters its endgame. I suppose it will depend on whether aging (or more depressing - dementia) increases our appreciation for kitsch and reduces our native cynicism, but I've seen no real evidence so far to support this. In any case, I think I'd become vaguely suicidal if the best I had to look forward to in the coming month was once-a-week Pokeno, a "Water Balloon Toss," and "Pictures with Mr. Turkey."
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c73m From: c73m Date: July 13th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, from what ive found in nursing school.. thats the typical offerings.. and i dont want to say its cuz the staff of most nursing homes are so kind of inept as to what people actually dig..
but yeah..
i srsly need to get in better shape &/or win the lottery.

komos From: komos Date: July 14th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got into a long conversation with one of our assistant directors about this yesterday evening. Activities are supposed to be tailored to individuals, but all too often group activities like sing-alongs and bingo just get scheduled. One facility went so far as to list nail care, as in standard personal care, as an activity.
gatz From: gatz Date: July 13th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

We'll visit!

I think you underestimate Mr. Turkey.

And when Ester's arthritis isn't acting up, she can toss a mean water balloon.
komos From: komos Date: July 14th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: We'll visit!

I hear Mr. Turkey is one jive-assed... turkey.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 13th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I hit the 70-80 range, I'm taking up smoking and heroin. Why? Cause fuck those people!
komos From: komos Date: July 14th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reminds me of the Dennis Leary joke about smoking: "Smoking takes ten years off your life. Well, it's the worst ten years, isn't it?"
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 14th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going out with burbon in my belly, a needle in my arm, and a ciggie on my lips. God bless Amurika!!!
canonfire From: canonfire Date: July 13th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect we'll all get WiiPSXBox 360's because we won't be able to move anything but our fingers.
komos From: komos Date: July 14th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping we'll be hard-wired at that point just to allay the possibility of not having the dexterity to handle the controls.

Hell, I don't have the dexterity to handle the controls now.
faux_eonix From: faux_eonix Date: July 14th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
You're going to spend your dementia years tending your chickens and making pickles.
Even if "tending chickens" means sneaking into the cafeteria kitchens and "feeding" over boiled chicken breasts some flavor and "making pickles" means putting salt on the salad.
komos From: komos Date: July 14th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mr. B's Interests: Travel, Fine Food, Computer Gaming, Shaking Sticks at Kids, Smacking Nurse Aides on the Ass, Being Surly

My golden years will be fun.
transcribe From: transcribe Date: July 14th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope that my 'retirement community' offers D & D, Euchre, Buffy viewing and gobs of old movies. I will be content.
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have no idea how to play Euchre, but I think I'd be happy there.
black_bird_777 From: black_bird_777 Date: July 15th, 2009 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)


The sing alongs at my mom's asst living place are horrendous. Who wants to listen to ancient show tunes and tunes to the level of Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

When I'm 80, I want Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Nirvana. All us blue-hairs will be head shaking and yelling our asses off. =)
komos From: komos Date: July 15th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sing-a-long

Have you seen Young @ Heart? It's about a senior chorus that does pretty much that, only with Sonic Youth, the Ramones, and the Clash.
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