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I know my Mom was a real introvert and when she transitioned to the nursing home that didn't change. In retrospect I don't know what we were thinking constantly trying to get her to participate and leave her room when she never did that when she was living on her own.

I think you have to work with what you've got. What does he like to do now. Work with that. I like to read. Thats a solitary activity so when I'm elderly I hope everyone will just leave me alone with my book.
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I think it is important to look at his life to see what his interests were. I personally would not like to do but a free activities a week. Is he an introvert? I think the importance of socializing helps us keep perspective of others but I would think he had to have his meals in the group dining hall. That may be enough for him. I believe what we need as humans and being elderly is using our brains and LAUGHER. This an ipad has great games good old Jotto, new Ticket to Ride On, scrabble with the ipad or Words with Friends.
Books on tape are good as you can go so many places in your mind and feel you are not in your room at least mentally. Lastly I believe in TOUCH . The is a child's clay that comes in a vacuum bag. It is fabulous to play with. If you leave it out it gets hard but no mess like silly putty. Otherwise perhaps an animal contact or a high school boy he can be buddies with .
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Where is he? If in assisted living the staff will encourage him, but will not make him participate. We have the same thing going on here. L just moved to AL five months ago, spends lunch in memory care with Mom, then retreats to his room for the rest of the day. I think seeing Mom like she is is very hard and exhausting for him.
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What are elderly activities?
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Perhaps the activities don't interest him. What are his specific interests, what did he enjoy doing when he was younger? Try to focus on those; that may spur his interests.

If Senior Centers don't appeal to him, libraries have various talk, discussion and book clubs.
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