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Our nursing home facility has decided to do a monthly newsletter to give out to residents and family members. We of course have consent from each person to include them in the newsletter. So what kind of fun articles should we include? We have resident/staff birthdays, pictures and highlights from the activities we do, a "Resident Highlight" on a different resident each month, upcoming events, and a recipe of the month. Maybe a little game/puzzle? Thanks in advance!

A list of favorite Lawrwnce Welk tunes! That would be a hit!◇◇◇◇☆☆☆☆
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How about a favorite music tune of days of yore?
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Love Geaton’s idea of staff info. Great idea. I’d love to know about staff interests, hobbies, talents. Perhaps feature one staff and o e resident a month. I get slightly irritated at my mom’s newsletter with the quality of the pictures. They are so tiny that you can’t really tell who is in the picture. Perhaps positive quotes.
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How about including a 'This Month In History' article, something from their generation they can relate to. We're never too old to learn something new, and if it's upbeat and entertaining even better.

Including any kind of word puzzle (find-a-word, crossword, jumble) will entertain some while find-a-difference can be done by even those that aren't good at word games.

Maybe including a trivia question with the person/persons who answer correctly by the end of the month get a little prize and recognition in next month's newsletter.. including their picture would even be better (group photo if it's a bunch of people), it's something they could then send to loved ones.

Go to Pinterest and enter 'nursing home newsletter ideas' and you'll get a bunch of fun ideas.
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A music column about music from their teenage and young adult years and beyond. Ethnic music. Holiday music. Residents can share their favorite song lyrics. Perhaps the nursing home can invite local high school and college music groups to play there in exchange for volunteer hours. More and more students are looking for service opportunities to put on college, scholarship and job applications.
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Mom's NH had one & they shared some things like origins of Mother's Day, recipes, trivia, pix from trips or activities & unusual facts that are funny/quirky like how long a garaffe's tongues is or such & such day is 'National Sandwich Day' - keep things upbeat & 'light' as it usually is stressed caretakers reading it & often to the residents -

Mom was in 2 NH & 1 did a minimum number of hard copies but sent it out on line for all to see to be environmentally aware
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The activity calendar for the coming week or month would be nice, even if it's already posted. Mention any special services planned for the residents like wheelchair tuneups, therapy animal visits or musical performances. The most popular monthly visitor to my mother's facility was the Podiatrist.
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Honestly, I should ask your residents. If you invite contributions (you have to sound like you mean it) you will probably find you have several poets and photographers/illustrators to call on.

This would be a great opportunity for students/older schoolchildren to interview a different generation. Any resident have budding journalists in their families? Do you have links with any local schools or colleges?

The trick is to pitch it right between too sweet or too highfalutin'. You want to strike the happy mean that will appeal to your particular community. But your readers' interests will be as varied as your residents, so try not to make assumptions about what they'll like without asking. A "little game/puzzle" is a nice idea, but these people may solve cryptic crosswords daily before breakfast - don't make it too "little." Or, throw in a modest variety - an easy one, a standard one, and a puzzle fiend's one.
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If you're putting the newsletter out before Christmas, gift ideas for residents. Ideas on how to get residents to interact with family members when visiting.
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This is a great idea! I would love the entire month calendar of events. A game/puzzle that can be played with our LO is also a good idea. With Thanksgiving coming, having some tips on how to handle the holidays, especially with those who have dementia, would be helpful.
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Staff bios?
Resident interviews about the personal impact of historical events?
Short wisdom blurbs from the elders on specific current topics?
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Little known history/trivia about the area.

What you as the facility want residents and their families to know about you, the facility, general aging, dementia. Facility adjustment period.
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