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What’s New at Grand Oaks?
At Grand Oaks, we’re constantly looking for new and exciting ways to bring education and development to our residents. Our goal is for residents to enjoy life while receiving physical, mental, and spiritual enrichment.
Recently, we’ve added some new activities to our Senior Living and Oasis programs. These activities provide opportunities for residents to socialize, stay current and connected to family and friends, and engage with others who share similar interests, all while remaining independent, engaged, and comfortable in their own homes. Here’s a taste of what’s new at Grand Oaks:
Armchair Travel (Oasis & Senior Living)
Armchair travel ignites the adventurous side of all residents. From virtual museum tours to live-streamed wildlife encounters and so much more, residents can travel the world without leaving their homes.
Tech Classes (Senior Living)
We live in a digital world, so it’s important for seniors to have a basic understanding of modern technology. We offer education about social media, email, printers, computers, tablets, smartphones, and apps.
Social Event Meetups (Senior Living)
Socialization has countless benefits for seniors’ mental health. In fact, according to the American Public Health Association, socialization improves mood, cognition, memory recall, and more. Here are a few examples of social events residents will see on their activity calendars:
- Foodie Club: Residents join fellow foodies for luncheons of pizza, sushi, and more.
- Trivia and Jeopardy Mania: Residents exercise their brains by answering fun educational questions on teams.
- Book Clubs: Residents read the chosen book of the month and then get together to discuss prompts.
- Discussion Groups: Residents gather to discuss important topics related to health, society, and more.
Therapeutic Cooking (Oasis)
For seniors with dementia, cooking is a great activity that stimulates the senses and can trigger fond memories of traditions, family time, and more. In this activity, Oasis residents enjoy ‘tabletop cooking’ by measuring and mixing ingredients, preparing dishes like fruit salad, and baking cookies, bread, or cake in the toaster oven or microwave.
Guided Imagery (Oasis & Senior Living)
In this activity, visualization and calming music help create a soothing environment that engages the senses in creative ways by encouraging residents to use their imaginations.
Monthly Lunch Outings (Oasis & Senior Living)
Residents get to explore the city and the amazing food scene in the heart of D.C. A small group of residents enjoy the company of others and a delicious meal at a popular local restaurant.
Monthly lunch outings will resume in late spring or early fall.
Giving Back (Oasis & Senior Living)
Residents get to support the community through acts of kindness like making hats for newborns in the hospital and delivering homemade baked goods to first responders.
Weekly Spiritual Practices (Oasis & Senior Living)
Residents gather to explore and celebrate their faiths. Worship sessions are led by local spiritual leaders in-house or via live stream.
Music & Memory Program (Oasis)
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues common in the disease’s middle stages. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. This program creates personalized playlists for Oasis residents and reconnects them with the music they love most.
Mental Aerobics (Oasis & Senior Living)
These brain games help keep our residents sharp while having fun! Verbal equations, fill-in-the-blank phrases, and quizzes are designed to be solved in a group setting to encourage socialization, teamwork, and improved cognition.
Outdoor Celebrations (Oasis & Senior Living)
We invite families to join residents for some fresh air and fun quality time on Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, etc., and occasional family barbeques.
Outdoor celebrations resume in late spring and continue through summer.