Recreation Programming and Activities for Older Adults


  • Carolyn M. Schiera


Recreation Programming andActivities/or OlderAdults is a 207 page book published by Venture Publishing of State College, Pennsylvania. This book is designed to aid the recreation professional in developing quality programs for older adults in nursing homes, although many of the programs and/or activities can be modified for other populations and settings. The first eight chapters ofthe book focus on the recreation programming process. A few of the topics covered in this section are assessment, documentation, implementation, and evaluation. The content of the material covered in these eight chapters is very brief. Some of the topics are only mentioned in one paragraph. While it provides a basic overview of the recreation programming process, if an in-depth analysis ofaspects is desired, the reader will have to look elsewhere. Nevertheless, this section provides Therapeutic Recreation (TR) professionals with an overview of the activity design process. It describes what needs to be done before, during and after the actual recreation program, and it also provides useful suggestions in regard to each topic. Chapters 9-21 focus on various activities and ideas for unique recreation programs. Among the activities discussed are using the senses, those that promote participation, activities for the confused client, exercise, dramatics, storytelling, music, innovative crafts, homemade games, special events, as well as trips and outings. This section does a fine job ofproviding a wide assortment of activity ideas. The activities provided can help the TR professional generate a wide variety ofnew activity i.deas for their clients. Suggestions for the. modification of the selective activities are also provided. One of the most positive aspects about the book is that it is very easy to read and comprehend. The cbapters are well organized and a broad array of ideas for activities are presented and explained. One weakness, however, is that some ofthe material is covered in a stlperficial manner. It would have been useful to have a more in-depth discussion ofsome ofthe topics; Quality Assurance or the program continuum. In conclusion, this writer believes that the book isa very informative overview of program planning for older adults in the nursing home setting. It is highly recommended as a valuable resource for TR professionals working in long term care.



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