Movie Time! How This Simple Activity Can Introduce Seniors to Many New Friends

Assisted Living in Theodore AL

Watching movies can be a great pastime. Going out to the movies with friends can be a lot of fun, and that goes for teenagers all the way to seniors. For those seniors who have chosen assisted Assisted-Living-in-Theodore-ALliving, there are many activities going on throughout the week, and watching movies it may very well be one of them.

Watching movies every day might not be everyone’s cup of tea, so to speak, but this one simple activity has the potential to lead to new friendships.

How watching movies makes a difference for seniors.

Going down to the entertainment room, sitting in front of the TV with other seniors, and watching movies, whether they are relatively new or some of the ‘classics,’ can provide an opportunity to talk with those other seniors, get to know one another, and see where their interests lie. Many people gravitate towards others who enjoy the same movies, books, and other activities.

Depending on the elderly individual, he or she might feel there are limited other opportunities to meet their peers, aside from passing them in the hall while going out for a walk or heading down to the restaurant style dining facility. Most of the staff members at assisted living are constantly seeking ways to help seniors become more comfortable in this living environment.

One of the ways they go about doing that is to provide physical or emotional support when needed. If the elderly individual has difficulty getting out of bed, going to the bathroom or taking a shower, walking down the hall, or simply doesn’t seem completely comfortable because they only moved in recently, those staff members may encourage him or her to look into a variety of different activities, including movie night.

While people tend to dislike others talking during a movie, just spending time in the same room with other seniors can introduce them to potential new friends. Of course, not everyone is going to be friends with everyone else, but in most communities, seniors have a tendency to be tolerant of one another, be friendly to and with one another, and even to become friends with one another.

Sitting down to watch a movie can be a great way to learn about the people living in the same facility. It can also be a great excuse to invite another resident down to the entertainment room to watch a movie they both wanted to see for a long time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Theodore, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017.


About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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