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Play with Purpose at Shillman House

Making fine motor movement and cognitive stimulation fun!

Older adults showing off their homemade heating pads

Starting in March, Shillman House residents were introduced to a new ongoing program called Play with Purpose. This program exposes residents to additional components of Fitness and Wellness, fine motor movement and deeper cognitive stimulation.

Physical activity is a gross motor movement that involves the use of large muscle groups, such as the torso and extremities. Fine motor movements involve the use of smaller muscles, such as the fingers, these movements are more complex. Without proper control of fine motor movements, the ability to execute gross motor movements diminishes.

Each month there will be a different subject focus with March being Nutrition, for National Nutrition month. Each activities focus was nutrition with an underlying purpose of fine motor movement and cognitive stimulation.

The following were the activities for March:

1.       Nutrition Jeopardy

2.       Health Cooking Demonstration

3.       Nutrition Crossword Puzzles

4.       Nutrition Lecture with Registered Dietitian and trail mix creation

Young adults teaching older adults about health

The following were the activities for May (Arthritis Awareness Month):

1.       Lecture on Managing Joint Inflammation (picture attached)

2.       Make your own - heating pad with socks and rice

3.       Make your own - stress ball with a balloon and flour

4.       The Human Body Jeopardy

The sock heating pads were a hit! Some residents have neck pain and the best way to relieve it is to tie two socks together and drape them over their shoulders!

Older adult with a homemade sock heating pad around her neck
Older Adult smiling with a homemade heating pad on her shoulders








June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, so we want YOU to join us at Shillman House!

June 7th - Alzheimer's Association Lecture; 

Know the 10 Signs 

Alzheimer's and other dementia's cause memory, thinking, and behavior changes that interfere with daily living. Learn about common warning signs of Alzheimer's and what symptoms to look for in yourself and others, as well as the benefit of early detection and diagnosis, and more. 

June 14th - Brain Games

June 21st - Book Discussion/ Lecture 

Genius Foods by Max Lugavere 

June 28th - Brain Jeopardy

RSVP to Lauren Kutz or call 508-405-8611