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I'm curious about those talk shows from the 70s. All of these shows were on before my time. Did you watch them? What were they like? Were they outrageous or pretty much shows to pimp a star's latest project. Tried to watch Dinah and Mike a few times, but they insisted on singing at some point and they both sucked out loud.

Dinah rarely could carry a tune. Mike was just too sweet and cloying for me. Merv was funny and I really liked his voice and piano playing whenever he did it. Plus, I had heard about Merv's sexuality and I was always trying to see if it was true. I watched Mike Douglas as a kid as nothing else was on in the afternoon but reruns. He had guests for an entire week, at least for a while - I remember a young, gorgeous George Hamilton, Joey Heatherton, Well, I can't remember anybody else - Noel Harrison was on once and did his hit cover of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne.

But sometimes you could truly catch a campy, over the top performance. Like this one from the Merv Griffin Show:. They were the best of the best. Merv had amazing guests and was always fun. Arthur Treacher at his side. Her reply was that they should be sure to let the servants know about them. Watched a lot of Mike Douglas and Merv when I was young. There were only channels to chose from at that time so there weren't many choice to watch anything else.

This was at the height of John's involvement with the Yippies and the Panthers! Merv also had diverse musical guests on as well, I recall seeing Nico perform with her harmonium, I was a kid, but I knew she was definitely out there!

My dad's reply, "What the hell was that! IIRC, Merv was on in the evening at the time, my parents watched him nightly. I think his schedule was switched around a lot before his last years on TV, when he was back to evenings. Didn't Mike's show originate from Philadelphia? It had a very local aura like it was shot in some neighbor's rec room. Her voice was shot by the time the daytime show came along. It was geared more for housewives. Mike Douglas had the best show for everyone.

Monday through Friday at 4: So if you liked the co-host you got to see them for seven and a half hours that week. Here is a cast promoting their small film. I remember Mike Douglas's show for two reasons: The first was an appearance by Pauline Kael.

The other was the week that Rosemary Clooney cohosted. Even though i was a kid, I could see that Clooney was seriously unhinged. She was abusive to Douglas and looked to be drunk at times. Did Merv Griffin have a TV show and a radio show? I can remember loving listening to Merv Griffen on radio as someone has already said, great guests.

I was watching Mike Douglas one afternoon. He always had interesting people on like someone from a Broadway show who would come on, sing a song, chat a bit and then excuse themselves--they had to be back at the theatre for the next act. Not every show was a hit, but there was a level of sophistication and adult discussion that you don't see much anymore. Think of Tavis Smiley or Charlie Rose with more entertainers doing their thing. The show was broadcast live, until an on-air faux pas by one of the guests, then it went to tape.

The show left Philly in the mid's. One day, one of them walked into the studio where Judy Garland was rehearsing. The guy said she look absolutely awful she'd be dead within a month but her voice was superb.

Mike Douglas was the best. Great host, great show. The closet we have now is The Actor's Studio show and that's sporadic, not daily. I'm so tired of the guest coming on for six minutes, show a clip and goodbye. I remember watching Merv in the late afternoons when I was a kid. Merv had wonderfully diverse guests who could entertain, hold an intelligent conversation and not just pimp their latest project.

In the 70's, Dinah was on in the morning, Mike and Merv in the afternoon, at least in the Boston area. I loved her voice, so soft and gracious, and her set was homelike, with a "kitchen" and a "living room". I don't remember Brooke Shields' foray into singing! The spoken bit at 1: Mike was by far the best. He'd have the most random guests and always treated them graciously.

The conversations could get very engrossing and often had nothing to do with the guest's latest project. Merv was more showbiz. Most people were promoting their latest project but he also had a stable of raconteur regulars. He did have some controversial guests through the years, though--you really don't see that in talk shows anymore. Of course, that inappropriate guest was Zsa Zsa Gabor. She called Morey Amsterdam a son of a bitch. Dinah Shore was too saccaharin for me, and she always wanted to inflict her singing voice on her audience.

However both had great guests. I recall Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Pamela Mason and others as guests, and the tone was, well, what talk shows once were, much more about conversation and much less about hawking one's latest book or film. Merv always cultivated an air of old friends just casually stopping by a chat, and his best guests were smart, funny, quick-witted, and keen conversationalists, even -- maybe especially-- at silly small talk.

He could draw guests out and put them at ease and ask questions that elicited interesting answers and conversation. There's a best of Merv Griffin set of CDs that has some really great interviews. Merv would be drooling over them. In the 60's in Chicago there were only 5 channels.

UHF was just comming in at the time and it was unreliable. My favorite was Merv Griffin, especially when he was based in New York. She was doing her part of the interview with Merv and Zsa wouldn't shut up.

So Tolsky turned to her and said you've had you time now shut up and let me talk. Then she was cooerced to come back out to applause from the audience, Tolsky was made to appologize and was never heard from again. I would have slapped that old Hungarian cunt!

I remember seeing Moms Mabley one time and realizing she was probably slipping so many double meanings into her banter. And Dinah Shore was sexy, when the young Burt Reynolds came on her program When David Bowie guested on Dinah is considered by many critics to be some of the best TV ever created.

It's on youtube if you care to see it. She chastised Tolsky for talking about her mother with such disrespect. Actually, it was no different from the way Don Rickles talks about people, but Zsa Zsa found it offensive. When Tolsky then talked back at Zsa Zsa, that seemed to end her appearances on all talk shows.

Everything she uttered was a putdown of someone or something. I was young in the 70s but I remember them when my Gran visited during the summer. Tolsky was probably on Merv discussing "Here Comes the Brides.

The morning and afternoon shows were good, but Dick Cavett and Jack Paar featured better conversation and more interesting guests, those who did not appear on other talk shows. I remember Merv, that old fraud, asking Lily Tomlin when she was going to get married.

She said, "Oh, Merv, I don't think there's a man that's been born yet that I would marry. These shows were fun, featured relaxed conversations,with of course mentions of the guests' current projects, if they had them. Sometimes they actually didn't. The shows were not the plug mills that even the best of what's on now are. Even as a kid, I knew Merv was gay. He had on some flaming guests. Also, when a studly man would appear, Merv would drool all over him.

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Do you want to travel? What kind of living arrangements are important to you? Answering these types of questions will help you understand what kind of lifestyle you will be living and how much you should be saving. Setting goals and working toward them will help you stay on track when it comes to planning your retirement fund. Goals should be concrete and challenging, but acceptable.

Goals might include opening a saving account for your grandchildren, or, saving a certain amount each month. Celebrating these goals will make a difficult task more enjoyable. Running out of money can be a scary reality for many people. When it comes to saving, what works for you? As the autumn season continues, Halloween brings the perfect opportunity to make special memories with your loved ones. When it comes to choosing ways to celebrate the spooky day, the list of creative ideas is endless.

Our Carespring nursing homes and skilled rehabilitation facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky love looking for ways to bring patients and families together in every way possible. This season, consider some of these festive Halloween activities to spark the spirit of creativity in your senior!

Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween tradition for many families. However, this can be difficult for seniors because dexterity and strength usually start to deteriorate as we age. Consider adapting this favorite Halloween activity to fit the needs of your senior. Painting pumpkins instead of carving them is a great way to participate in Halloween celebrations without causing any injuries or pain.

Visiting pumpkin patches and helping choose the prized pumpkin before painting or carving is a great way for seniors to feel included in celebrations. Make sure to call before visiting to make sure all areas are handicap accessible, if necessary. Nothing says Halloween quite like spooky decorations. Try making a craft with your senior to make their room or apartment scream Halloween!

Spend a day or two making Halloween cards from stencils and markers to send to family and friends. Card making is a great way to keep creativity and personal connection a part of Halloween celebrations.

Consider making a list of family and friends and send them a homemade card along with a Halloween treat. Choose a Halloween inspired recipe to cook with your senior the week of Halloween.

Allowing your senior to be a part of the process, from choosing the recipe to baking it, will keep them feeling purposeful and happy.

Try one of these spooky recipes! At Carespring, we love celebrating holidays with our residents, especially Halloween. How are you choosing to celebrate this spooky holiday with your senior? As we age, our need for different medications and therapies increases. It might be surprising that the combination of these factors, especially in older adults, often lead to falls, which can cause severe injuries.

If you or your loved one is suffering from dizziness or loss of balance, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor. Medications can cause these types of symptoms, especially when a senior is taking various kinds of medicine. Making a list of medications, their doses, and time of consumption will help your doctor know if you are at risk for falling.

Participating in moderate activities like walking, gentle yoga, or swimming is especially helpful when it comes to maintaining balance. Adults who are physically fit are less likely to experience falls because their bodies are stronger and more flexible. Consider attending an exercise class at your local wellness center, or work with a physical therapist to learn customizable exercises that will keep you strong and staying upright!

Many falls in older adults happen in their homes. Clutter around the house, like moving boxes or laundry baskets are more dangerous than we think they are! Make sure walk ways and highly frequented areas like the kitchen are cleared out. Keeping homes clean and organized is especially important when it comes to fall prevention. There are extra preventative measures that are customized for at-home safety.

Consider installing balance bars in places like the bathroom or along staircases. Securing loose carpets or coffee rugs to the ground will keep you from losing balance. Nonslip mats are a necessity in wet areas like the bathroom and kitchen.

Many places specialize in converting homes to safer places for seniors and will often offer special senior rates that make the transition less expensive. The safety of our patients and residents is a high priority at our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Preventing falls can be life saving.

What do you do to stay safe? As the autumn season continues and temperatures begin to drop, staying healthy becomes harder, but not impossible. As we age our immune systems get weaker and common illnesses like the flu become more dangerous. It seems simple, but the best thing to do is to make a trip to your local pharmacy and ask for the flu shot. Covered by most insurance plans, a flu shot greatly reduces your chance of getting the flu during the fall and winter.

Most pharmacies offer different doses of vaccinations, so be sure to check with your doctor to find what will be best for you. But, staying away from large crowds of people and washing your hands often will help protect you from unwanted germs. Consider carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with you during the day or when you go to public places. Pay attention to your body. When the flu strikes, it often causes fatigue, fever, cough, sour throat, headaches, and pain in the body. If the flu goes undiagnosed for a long period of time, the symptoms can become more severe and the illness gets more difficult to treat.

When you cough or sneeze, be sure to minimize the spread of influenza by covering your mouth with your elbow, not your hands. Cleaning surfaces like phones, doorknobs, and kitchen counters will help kill the germs that get us sick. There is much to be enjoyed this fall season. Our Carespring nursing home and skilled rehabilitation facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky are wishing you and your family a healthy fall. Our Carespring nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky work hard to keep our residents happy and healthy all year long.

Here are some ideas to enjoy the new season with your senior. Treat your senior to a scenic day trip around your town, making sure to pass by apple orchards and pumpkin patches for a fall-themed outing. Even an hour-long car ride is enough to leave your senior feeling refreshed and entertained. Car trips are perfect for all seniors, but especially those who have difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. Top off your trip with a cup of warm apple cider or piece of pumpkin pie from a local restaurant.

There are a variety of fall-themed baked goods that are simple to make and even easier to enjoy. Ask your senior to help you prepare an assortment of items for a bake sale, trick or treating, or just to enjoy as a family.

Country Living offers recipes and instructions for preparing the perfect fall treat. Along with pumpkins and sweaters, fall is the time for football. If your senior is able, consider attending a sporting event, or celebrate the game by watching at home with friends and family. Most sporting venues offer seats for the elderly that are easily accessible. Try working on a fall-themed jigsaw puzzle, or color autumn landscapes with pencils or watercolors.

Afraid of the chilly weather? Host a family game night and get cozy with board games and blankets. Arts and crafts allow seniors to engage their creative energies while enjoying the company of others. While it may still feel warm outside, as of September 22 fall has officially arrived.

We hope your autumn is full of happiness and warmth all season long. How do you celebrate fall with your senior? Senior care communities can be full of life, fun, and happiness. However, there are a few simple ways to prepare your children and family for their visit, allowing them to enjoy the time spent with loved ones. Discussing an upcoming visit with your family will help uncover any fears or worries they might have.

Talking through scenarios and anxieties will encourage your children to think about their visit, while creating an opportunity for them to ask questions. Consider beginning the conversation while you cook dinner or as your child helps you with daily tasks. Some older adults prefer to do activities as certain times during the day or evening.

Call you loved one beforehand to see what time is best for them. If you know your parents or loved one is in high spirits in the morning rather than the afternoon, try planning your visit earlier in the day. Consider planning your visit at lunchtime and treat your senior to a meal out.

Try making the visit something to look forward to by bringing puzzles, games, or even going out for a treat. Listening to music or looking through old photo albums are fun ways to spend time together as a family. Spend time after the visit discussing the day. Consider asking your children questions about what they enjoyed and what they might do differently at the next visit. Choosing a scene from the day to draw, or making a craft to bring on the next visit are helpful ways to keep your children excited and mitigate fears.

Ask your children to help you plan the next visit with their grandparents and see what fun ideas they come up with! Our Carespring nursing homes and rehabilitative care centers in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky aim to bring patients and their families together through high-quality care. Spending time with family helps older adults feel happier and stay healthy longer.

What fun ideas do you have for your next visit? Preparing for retirement and long-term care can be difficult to get right. No one knows how much care we might need in later years, or how long we will need it. Discuss how your parents imagine living their later years. Knowing their expectations and needs will guide you while making decisions in difficult situations. Approaching seniors in a compassionate and kind way while talking about finances is important and will help you get the answers you need while planning for the future.

Before you know how to budget your finances, you have to know where your money is going. Keeping track of what your parent needs will help you design a better monthly budget. A senior living advisor will help you explore all available options for your senior, from immediate care to planning for long-term assistance.

Investing in an advisor to help you forecast future needs while allocating money could help you save money long-term.

These advisors will know more about long-term care, specialized needs, and caregiving facilities, and will be able to advise you during critical decision-making situations.

Caring for an aging parent is difficult, but there are ways to ease the financial burden. If an adult child is doing most of the caregiving in addition to giving financial support to their parents, they could be eligible for tax cuts by including their parents as dependents.

Talk to an accountant to see if you might be eligible, or visit here. We want the best for our patients and their families at our Carespring nursing home and rehabilitation care facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky. As summer comes to an end, Labor Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. Not only does this holiday pay homage to all workers in various industries, but it also provides the opportunity to share our experiences with one another.

Keep your seniors in mind as you prepare to celebrate Labor Day with family and friends. Getting together, sharing stories, and playing games is a great way for seniors to feel connected to those around them. Studies have shown that socializing with others greatly improves the quality of life for aging adults. Get out that grill, fill up the cooler, and enjoy the day by spending it with those you love!

Family traditions are a way for new and old generations to stay connected throughout the year. Establishing a new tradition for Labor Day, or partaking in one that already exists will help families create memories that will last for decades. Sharing in conversation about how seniors celebrated Labor Day when they were younger, or discussing their careers are great ways to engage older adults.

Fishing out old photo albums is perfect for sparking conversation with seniors. Local parks are free and fun for the whole family, from babies to seniors. Finding ways to engage seniors can sometimes be challenging. Setting up an arts and crafts station with watercolors, flowers for bouquet making, or stencils for drawing will leave you and your loved one with something special to remember.

Spending time together and leaving with something to take home is an easy way to make Labor Day special. Our Carespring nursing home and rehabilitative care facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky wish you and your family a safe and fun holiday weekend! How did your family celebrate? Providing care for aging parents can feel like a full-time job, and at times, can require an entire team of people.

This can be equally as challenging for families and children of aging adults, especially for those who live far away. Families who are long-distance might consider hiring a team of caregivers for their seniors. But, keeping connected with a loved one is also important.

If your loved one has access to a computer, setting them up with an email address will allow the whole family to connect quickly. Emails are great for sending written updates as well as sharing photos and important documents. Receiving special messages from family members will always leave your aging parent feeling loved and well connected. Using phone calls as a way to connect, while monitoring health and behavior will allow seniors to get the help they need when they need it.

Video chats are great for families who live far away from their senior. Programs like Skype or Google Hangouts are easy to use and help families and loved ones feel like they are spending time together, even when they are remote. Most mobile phones allow its users to download various programs, many of which are free to use.

Applications like bSafe creates a safety network by connecting its users with their family and friends through GPS, allowing them to see where you are and when you might need help. At our Carespring facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky, we strive to keep patients and their families connected.

Common among seniors, a Columbia University study found that a lack of energy is linked to other health problems like joint pain and poor physical function. The study also reported an increase in hospital visits for seniors who had a lack of energy. Drinking eight glasses of water and consuming foods high in water content will keep you feeling healthy and refreshed.

Stick to clear fluids! Eating the right types of food is an important step in maintaining healthy energy levels. Prepare meals that are high in protein and nutrients for fuel throughout the day. Foods like fish, chicken, spinach, and other dark green vegetables give the body energy and endurance. Physical activities such as walking, yoga, or jumping rope help to wake up your body while engaging your muscles. Not only does exercise fight fatigue, but it also encourages a healthy weight and prevents diseases and illnesses.

Remember to choose exercises that are gently on your joints if you have Osteoporosis or suffer from pain. Older adults who spend a lot of time alone will often feel more tired than those who are consistently surrounded by and interact with other people. Joining social clubs, like bridge or book clubs, or spending time with friends and family will leave you feeling happy and content.

The recommended amount of sleep is between six and eight hours each day. Going to sleep at a regular time each night will help you feel rested for the next day. At our Carespring nursing home and skilled rehabilitation facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, we always want our residents feeling energized and ready for each day!

As our parents age, and the parent-child roles begin to reverse, knowing what to do when parents refuse help can be a hard situation to navigate. Here are a few tips on what to do when your parents or loved one refuse care:.

When it comes to aging, there can be a lot of issues, especially concerning what seniors are able and not able to do. Instead of being overwhelmed with the quantity of issues at hand, consider focusing on the quality.

Try writing down your concerns and then decide which two or three are at the top of the list. Addressing issues in this manner will help you feel in control and less overwhelmed. If possible, try involving your parents or loved one in this conversation. Having a plan in place before a situation becomes stressful is best for both parents and children.

Consider writing down the plan together as a family, so when the time comes, parents and children can be reminded of the agreement. Being prepared with two or three options for each issue helps turn decision-making into something your parent has control over. If you are comfortable with each option, then allowing your parent to choose which they prefer will give them the feeling of independence. Consider options for living arrangements, caregivers, and which person will accompany them on doctor visits.

Giving yourself time to understand their motivations will help you become more compassionate, especially during stressful moments. There are many joys in getting older, but there are many challenges as well. Caring for older adults can affect the whole family. Congratulations on this prestigious accomplishment, Chris-we're so proud of you!

Cincinnati's 40 Under As we get older, it can become more difficult to shop for and prepare meals each day. But, hunger among older adults is a bigger issue than you might have expected. When it comes to preparing well-balanced meals, food delivery services can make things much easier.

Companies like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh organize and ship ingredients for nutritious meals. These meal kits are great for seniors who like to cook since they require preparation like cutting and cooking meats. Packages can be chosen based on quantity and food preferences. Not all seniors are capable or willing to spend time in the kitchen.

Food preparation can be difficult, and even dangerous, for some seniors. In this case, consider meal delivery options like Meals on Wheels. Fueled by volunteers, Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals to seniors every day. Along with a nutritious meal, seniors also get to visit and socialize with volunteers. Call your local Meals on Wheels organization today to see what services are available for you or your loved one.

Seniors can choose which type of meals they want and the frequency of delivery. This option is perfect for seniors who are unable to prepare their own meals, but still want a home cooked meal. Most assisted living and nursing home facilities provide dining services for their residents. If your senior is unable to leave their room, some facilities will bring food to their door. Most dining services prepare meals that are high in nutrients and protein, ensuring seniors receive a well balanced meal.

All of our Carespring facilities go to great lengths to ensure that our residents receive proper nutritious meals that are also delicious. At our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, we want all of our residents to be healthy and well fed. Knowing what resources are available for seniors helps families make decisions that are best for everyone.

Many seniors and their families hesitate when it comes to transitioning into community living. In addition to accessible medical and long-term care, most facilities encourage their residents to interact with one another by engaging in various social activities.

Our Carespring nursing home and skilled rehabilitation facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky work to improve the quality of life of all of our residents. Nursing homes and assisted living communities are often viewed as stagnant, melancholy places. But, these communities are full of life! From social hours, informational programs and evening performances, residents very rarely feel bored. Some communities even offer day trips and weekend getaways to residents who are still able to get around on their own.

As we age, basic daily tasks get more difficult. Cooking, driving, and organizing weekly medication can be a challenge for many seniors who live on their own. In retirement communities and assisted living, most seniors and their families can decide how much help they need and when they need it.

For those who are able complete tasks, but enjoy the security of living in a community, cooking and driving are still available options.

For seniors who need more care, like an aide to assist with grocery shopping and driving, most retirement communities will help residents get the help they need. Housekeeping is difficult for anyone! In assisted living and retirement communities, this is most often taken care of by the housekeeping staff. Seniors can enjoy the benefits of having their own space without the burden.

Food options at retirement communities should be healthy and delicious! Most facilities cater their menu to the needs of the residents. This means seniors should be able to find well-balanced meals with fruit, vegetables, protein, and low fat content. For residents who are used to cooking for their families, shopping and preparing food for just one or two people can be a frustrating obstacle. Most facilities offer dining services that allow residents to choose nutritious meals that are prepared for them.

But, knowing the benefits can help you decide whether or not senior living communities is right for you or your loved one. Transitioning into assisted living and nursing home facilities can be difficult for the whole family.

As our loved ones age, keeping up with their health, medications, and other needs is an integral part of their care. Putting systems in place that keep your family and loved one informed are important at every stage of care. At our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, we want our patients and their families to have the knowledge they need. Asking questions about medications, results of medical tests, or asking the doctor to reiterate instructions are all critical components of a visit.

Take notes and ask for additional paperwork or information when necessary. If you and your family live far from your loved one, it might be a good idea to hire additional help.

Aides and hired caregivers are great options for out of town families. Legalizing your ability to make medical decisions for your loved one is a viable option for adults who are unable to make their own decisions. As a medical power of attorney, family members will be well prepared when critical decisions arise, like ending care, undergoing surgery, or accepting certain medications.

Caring for seniors takes many people! Staying informed and communicating with everyone involved keeps seniors happy and healthy. This time of year is popular for family reunions, holiday celebrations, and neighborhood block parties.

Some older adults, including those with hearing loss, have difficulty participating in different events, especially ones that are heavily populated. Reminding seniors to bring their hearing enhancers to noisy and crowded events will help them enjoy themselves—and each other.

Seniors enjoy celebrations as much as anyone, but most appreciate having comfortable seating available. Outdoor furniture with cushions or indoor seating near activities or groups keep seniors relaxed and ready to mingle! We might not be sure what exactly it is that our seniors need the most. Showing patience and genuine interest in their needs is important. Aging has its benefits, but can also make simple tasks more difficult. Giving seniors a chance to vocalize what works for them will help ease the situation.

Make a camera available to seniors and other partygoers and encourage picture taking. Creating a photo book through a website like Shutterfly is a great gift for seniors and will help them remember time spent with family and friends. Food is often a central part of any birthday or holiday party. Collecting family favorite recipes, especially from seniors, will keep memories alive for future generations. Most recipes have a story or special moment that comes with it.

Encouraging seniors to recall these stories will make a recipe card or book even more special. Most importantly, remember to enjoy time spent together with family and friends! At our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, we love seeing our residents and their families happy. Assisted living and Nursing Homes are a great option for older adults who need extra care or want the benefits that come with living in a community of seniors.

Many facilities offer a wide variety of activities, medical assistance, and support to its residents. However, there are also challenges that seniors and their families should understand. These issues are important to be aware of before choosing a facility for or with your loved one. Here are a few of the most common challenges in assisted living and nursing homes and how to solve them:. Because of the intense nature of working in assisted living and nursing homes, facilities can often be understaffed.

In order to address this issue, many facilities, including Carespring facilities, have initiatives that work to improve the workplace culture for the staff. Some facilities offer student loan forgiveness, continued education policies, and conduct a thorough interview and selection process. In many assisted living and nursing home facilities, older adults live among a diverse group of people in a contained space.

As with any group of people, there can be conflicts between residents, or even between a staff member and a resident. When this happens, residents or their family members should contact a staff member or director for assistance.

With new presidential administrations comes a possibility that the healthcare system will change. Understanding possible changes and how they will affect you or your senior is critical for long-term planning. Forecasting policy changes will allow you to prepare as necessary. Depending on the level of care needed, the cost of assisted living and nursing home tuition can be extremely expensive.

Plan ahead and research various ways to cut down on cost. Looking into long-term care insurance, and researching available benefits will help diminish the monthly cost of care. At Carespring, we believe every resident deserves high quality care at every stage of life. Planning ahead and asking the right questions will help you get the care and support you or your loved one needs. We are confident Carespring facilities are the best in Cincinnat, Northern Kentucky and Dayton areas, so we'd love to show you around and help you with decision making during this important time!

Transitioning into assisted living can be a difficult choice to make for older adults and their families. Often, the burden of completing everyday tasks while maintaining households can be too much for aging adults. Some seniors might recognize their limitations and transition into assisted living communities willingly and with ease, while others may not.

At Carespring, we want all of our residents to transition smoothly into our skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky areas. Here are some things to know about assisted living communities and nursing homes, along with tips to finding the perfect place for your loved one.

Many nursing homes and assisted living communities offer different levels of care for their residents.

Moving into assisted living can be a difficult time for adults of all ability levels. Just like people, not all nursing homes are the same! Some communities are large, housing up to residents. Larger communities might provide more residential space, a wide variety of recreational activities and groups, and more opportunities for social interaction.

Other small-scale communities might provide more hands-on attention, and a less chaotic environment. In addition to size, residents might prefer to find a facility that feels more cottage-like and traditional or perhaps mid-century modern and vibrant.

You can tell a lot about a facility just by visiting, so make sure to plan a tour before making a commitment! Once your senior chooses a particular assisted living facility or nursing home, it becomes their home. This will help you evaluate the quality of care being provided and the workplace culture of the facility. Many older adults decide to transition into assisted living for quality of life and safety reasons.

While researching different facilities, pay attention to the overall safety of the facility and the measures the staff takes to protect their residents.

And lastly, remember to have fun with the transition! It can be difficult to make the move, but many facilities offer high-end care that drastically improves the quality of life for its residents. Carespring was awarded the distinction of Top Workplaces of ! We are so proud of our communities and our caregivers and we work hard to be an enjoyable place where our caregivers and tema feel at home! As caregivers, time for self-care can be hard to find and often falls aside.

Carespring nursing homes and rehab centers in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky rely on caregivers to improve the quality of life for its residents.

Here are some ways to keep yourself refreshed and ready to care for your elders:. The first step in caring for elders? Eating a well-balanced meal with fruit, vegetables, and protein will keep you fueled for work, and will strengthen your immune system, keeping you healthy throughout flu and cold seasons. MyFitnessPal is one way to track your meals, while also monitoring your water intake throughout the day.

This app can be accessed from your smartphone and also recognizes foods by their barcodes. Not only does exercise increase your endurance and stamina, it also keeps you happy and in high spirits. Exercising gives caregivers the opportunity to get rid of stress, be alone, and recharge. A great exercise goal is minutes each day. Try a class, strength training, or swimming for a comprehensive workout.

Simply going on a walk will let you reap the benefits of physical health. Using a calendar connected to your email or phone will help you keep track of time. Choosing one day to plan will help you stay productive and efficient throughout the week. Planning when we will exercise, buy groceries, and visit our friends and family is important in maintaining a healthy and well-balanced life. At Carespring Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton, we value all of the things our caregivers do for our residents.

We want our caregivers to be healthy, happy, and ready for a great day of caring. By taking better care of yourself, you take better care of your seniors.

As the weather continues to get warmer, and the sun begins to shine a little brighter, now is the best time to get outside and reap the benefits that Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky have to offer!.

According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, adults who spend time outdoors are more likely to increase their sense of daily positivity and lessen the symptoms of serious conditions, such as depression.

Spring is a perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues, and spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors. This week at Carespring, we aim to inspire you with some of our favorite outdoor activities. Baseball season has arrived giving you the perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy a sporting event. Many stadiums and venues have special services for the elderly, such as wheelchair rentals and personal attendants.

Speaking with a representative before attending is a sure way to get all of the information you need beforehand. During the warm spring and summer months, local parks usually host events such as community barbeques, outdoor movies, and free concerts. This is an inexpensive way to enjoy socializing with friends and family while getting to know your city.

During this time of year, pools begin to open up for the summer months. Swimming is a great form of exercise, especially for those living with joint pain and osteoporosis. Some retirement communities have their own swimming facilities available to their residents, but there are always other local options available.

Contact your local recreation center or the nearest YMCA for more details. Most centers will have senior discounts, making entrance fees reasonably inexpensive.

Zoos will often offer special discounts for older adults and will work to accommodate special needs, such as wheelchair rentals and close parking. This is a great way to interact with family, especially for seniors who have grandchildren. Remember to keep your hands to yourself!

There are many public holidays during the summer, such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Cities and smaller neighborhoods usually host parades and public parties.

Participating in these celebrations and being a part of a crowd can do great things for seniors who love being around people of all ages. Carespring's Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky wish you a happy and healthy summer! What activities are you looking forward to? Spring in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton is a revival, which was a little longer coming this year, it seemed!

This could be a revival for your house with spring cleaning or home improvement projects. This could be revival from bracing against the cold winter elements. Just as excited about that as anyone else are the elderly. With such nice weather it is a shame to stay inside. Here are some great activities for the elderly they can do outside:. Spring is an inspiring time to learn new things. You are never too old for a good story! We love springtime are Carespring.

We encourage you to visit your loved ones whether they are in our independent or assisted living facilities or in transitional care or our nursing homes. Take advantage of this wonderful weather and walk and talk with them. We hope everyone is enjoying the season!

As spring arrives and summer approaches, many people are preparing for vacations and holiday travel with friends and family.

Summertime can be a great opportunity for much needed relaxation! For older adults, especially those with caregivers, traveling can be a cause of concern and a question of capability. Although the planning and traveling can be stressful at times, there are some wonderful benefits that come with it. As you prepare your summer activities, consider the gifts of traveling, and always remember that safety comes first! Today is the Day.

As adults age, each year can bring a new challenge or difficulty to overcome, physically and mentally. Traveling is a great memory to have, and one that can be reminisced on in the future. It becomes increasingly important for older adults to socialize and participate in events and activities.

Studies show that elders who become isolated are at greater risk for depression and increased disability. Traveling is a great opportunity to spend time with family and experience something new together. Check With Your Doctor. Before traveling, elders should make sure to get the green light from their doctor. Staying committed to your daily medication schedule will keep you feeling strong and healthy throughout your travels.

Traveling with family and friends is a great way to enjoy the summer while making memories for the future. At Carespring's Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation centers of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Dayton, we want our residents to live full and happy lives.

If you travel this summer, have fun and stay safe! There are a lot of stigmas and negative connotations attached to assisted living and nursing home communities. The same fears can be found in their families, too. At Carespring, we want to assure our patients and their families that there is nothing to fear! When facilitated correctly, assisted living and nursing home communities actually help seniors age gracefully.

Here are some of the most common worries among seniors and facts to help squelch the fears. While there might be a loss of direct independence, seniors also have the opportunity to expand their social circle through activities sponsored by their living communities. Seniors also conserve energy by opting out of daily activities that take more effort than they used to—cooking, cleaning, etc.

Seniors will feel more excited by the possibilities of meeting new people and trying new things without the burden of daily responsibilities. A lot of seniors and their families worry about finding the wrong facility when it comes time to transition to assisted care.

There are many facilities that provide excellent care for seniors, which are licensed and staffed by experts on senior care. Caregivers or family members should maintain excellent communication with their seniors especially within the first months of moving.

This will ensure that the proper care is being given and the transition into assisted living is going smoothly and without cause for concern. The idea of transitioning into assisted care can be very concerning for some seniors. An excellent facility will be able to provide customized care, which gives seniors everything they need to age gracefully while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Assisted living communities can actually slow down illnesses and improve health. Many seniors fear the loss of autonomy over their own lives.

While this is a natural part of aging, their feelings are extremely important and should always be voiced and received. Senior care facilities work with their residents to ensure that their needs are being met while giving them a sense of independence and privacy.

Moving into an assisted living or nursing home community is a monumental transition for some seniors and their families. At Carespring's Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Dayton facilities, we are dedicated to making that transition as smooth as possible. Remember to talk to your senior about how they are feeling about their upcoming move and what they need to feel supported. At Carespring, we are dedicated to helping residents transition into our community with grace and ease.

Whether you live in the same city as your senior, or are tackling the task from across the nation, we have some helpful tips to find a perfect community for you and your loved one. Having a budget that you are comfortable with will make searching for a great place much easier. Budgeting eliminates facilities that are out of your price range, allowing you to focus strictly on places that will work. These questions will help you get closer to finding a reasonable monthly budget when planning for a move into assisted living.

Do some research on amenities that are important to your loved one. Do they value open space? These are great things to know before you start making physical visits to living centers.

We recommend pursuing websites of local centers for inspiration and quick facts. Senior living assistants are also available to customize your search in a short amount of time, if you need to speed up the process and move-in quickly. Usually you can contact the facility and book a tour through the phone. Make sure to request to see the living quarters, activity center, and even have a conversation with some of the current residents, if possible! It is important to be prepared when the time comes, especially if you find yourself in a time-sensitive situation.

Talk with others who have found themselves in the same position! At Carespring, we know there are challenges that come with making the transition to assisted living.

Being a caregiver is no simple task. Many caregivers give support to their parents or grandparents, and for others, caregivers step-in when family is unable or unavailable. No matter the relationship, caregiving is a noble profession that is often misunderstood or even goes unacknowledged. At Carespring, we are always looking for ways to care for our seniors and the people who care for them. Here are some common side effects of work-related stress and some ideas for self-care and support.

Stress can present itself in people in many different ways. Although each person might react differently, some common signs of stress include:. When you feel like you might be stressed, check-in with this simple 10 question stress test.

Carespring nursing homes and rehabilitation centers in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky encourage all caregivers to take care of themselves, so seniors everywhere can receive the care and love they deserve! Many seniors who move into an assisted living community do so alone. Oftentimes seniors have lost a spouse or have gotten divorced either early or later in life.

However, many seniors are still interested in finding love. If you or your loved one want to find that special someone in the senior living community, here are some encouraging stories and tip to get you feeling energized and hopeful!

Seniors who are used to living independently might think that their chance at finding love is over. But, many seniors report finding someone special in a senior living community after the death of their spouse and even after a divorce. People are resilient and are perfectly capable of learning how to be in a romantic relationship even after many years of living alone.

Some caregivers even share stories of their seniors finding romance by trying new things that require them to be in social settings with other residents. Get out there and be surprised! These can be great opportunities to meet new friends, scope new romantic interests, or just enjoy the people in your community.

Some men and women are only interested in dating just to have fun. There are a few obstacles standing between seniors and finding love. Sometimes, older men feel inferior when compared to younger men. Even women face obstacles too. We hope these facts and suggestions are helpful to all seniors looking for someone special.

Remember, dating and building a relationship take time, so be patient and have fun while you are waiting! Knowing how to care for loved ones living with dementia can be extremely difficult, especially when the illness changes their personality. Those with dementia can suffer greatly and not know how to articulate what they need or how they might be feeling. At Carespring Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities, we are always looking for ways to better care for our patients and how to educate their families.

Here are some tips on how to provide excellent care for those living with dementia:. Dementia patients will consistently experience responsibilities being taken away. Finding ways to encourage your loved one to complete tasks and express their autonomy will help them stay confident and energized. Speak words of encouragement and only help when needed! Try a new activity at the local recreation center with your senior to keep them active and healthy.

Physical activity and staying fit will help dementia patients stay sharp and will keep them healthier, longer. Puzzles and card games are also great activities to keep the brain healthy. Finding fun ways to socialize with those living with dementia is extremely important for maintain positive health and a happy life. Check your local newspaper for entertainment open to the public- like bingo night or group card games. For dementia patients, remembering when to eat and take medications can be difficult.

Using a smart phone to set reminders and alarms for basic daily activities is a great way to stay on track. Make sure to keep alarms and schedules updated when necessary. Visiting your loved one is important, especially for those suffering from dementia. Socializing and laughing will keep your senior in high spirits.

Finding something to do together- making a simple meal, playing music, or making a craft is a wonderful way to spend the evening or afternoon! At Carespring facilities in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky, we care for the physical and mental health of all of our residents.

Empowering your loved one by utilizing the tips above will help them stay healthy, fit, and sharp! From planning for the future, to taking care of the present, there are many things to consider as we age.

For many adults who are approaching 65, applying for Medicare can be at the top of the to-do list. Its reputation for being inefficient and complex can be intimidating, especially for something so important.

Here are some tips to navigating Medicare when the time comes. Since the process can be time consuming, start right when your initial enrollment period begins, which is exactly three months before your 65th birthday. You have four months after your birthday until the enrollment period ends. After this, you are at risk for paying penalty fees for tardiness. Many people start learning about the process a whole year before applying. There are a lot of options offered by Medicare, so make sure to know what will be a good fit for you.

According to Medicare Interactive, here are some of the most common terms you will read while doing your research. This care is free if you have worked and paid Social Security taxes for 10 years. This is available for a monthly premium. Part C plans are referred to as Medicare Advantage Plans. Part D is also available as a stand-alone plan. Be sure to choose a plan that will serve you well.

After you turn 65, Medicare is your primary insurer. This is true even if you have individual health insurance or retiree health insurance. Make sure to get as much information as you can about your new Medicare plan because there may be differences on coverage when compared to your previous insurance plan. There are companies in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky that may be able to assist you as well.

When the time comes, try the tips above and always remember to take care of yourself by taking care of your health. Some trackers even go a step further and detail heart rate, physical activity, and sleep patterns. A study was conducted by CDW Healthcare in partnership with Big Cloud Analytics to discover how wearable data could be used to benefit the health of adults, especially those living in senior care facilities.

The study included a pilot program at four senior care communities and tracked daily physical activities in addition to monitoring heart rate and sleep patterns for their residents. For example, if data showed increased heart rate, it could be tracked back to what the senior had scheduled at that moment- perhaps aerobics or swimming.

Some of the discoveries included results that showed adults who took sleep aids would sleep deeply but without restoration for the next day. In addition, seniors who wore the trackers were able to get personalized care that met their exact needs and preferences.

Wearable data comes in many different forms so that you or your senior can choose a style that fits them the best. Here are some different varieties to choose from:. At Carespring of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton, we are always looking for ways to help our seniors thrive by living healthy and happy lives in our nursing home and rehabilitation centers.

Fitness trackers are a great way to keep physically fit while paying attention to your body and its needs. Let us know what kind of fitness tracker works best for you! Adults who divorce or lose their loved ones later in life might experience mixed emotions during this time of celebration. Dating styles have changed throughout the years and elders might find dating challenging or uncomfortable.

However, some older adults choose to find another partner. If you or your senior is interested in finding a special someone, here are some helpful tips for healthy and happy dating:. Open Your Horizons Meeting new people is always more fun with a friend! Take a friend or family with you and spend time volunteering at a local shelter or visit a city museum. Your local YMCA or recreation center will usually offer classes especially for seniors.

Silver Sneakers or water aerobics classes are great, fun ways to meet other seniors and increase your chances of starting new relationships. Online Dating Some adults prefer online dating because it acts as a quick and more direct platform for finding someone special. Bring a friend or family member with you to make you feel more comfortable.

Below are some popular dating sites. These tips will keep you safe and happy while you navigate the dating experience:. Try choosing activities that make you happy and invite a new special person along with you. Exploring your local city, trying a different type of cuisine, or taking a cooking class can be great ways to spend time together without all of the pressure. At Carespring of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Dayton, where our main priority is your happiness, we hope these tips will help you enjoy dating and meeting new people.

While it has its perks, growing older can come with many challenges. At Carespring nursing home and rehabilitation and long term nursing care facilities, we are always looking for new and inspiring ways to help our patients live long and healthy lives.

This week, our inspiration comes from around the world. Below are some ways that elders from all over the world are staying fit and active in their own ways. Local news stations are always on the lookout for the event of the day. You really need to make sure you reach out to local press to the best of your ability. It is vital to secure as much free coverage as possible. One mention in one outlet could mean a disproportionate amount of tickets sold.

Therefore make sure you reach out to local stations with a good pitch that has a story built inside. That can be one of your performers, the type of the event.

Many many times, social media handles for events wake up a couple of months before the event, only to go to sleep a month after the event is gone. In modern days, you will lose your algorithm influence on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. While it was possible in the past to keep your influence at all times, that is not the case anymore. With the recent announcements Facebook made, either you keep an ongoing strategy all year long or you are out! Other social networks are catching up so keep yourself up to date.

If you want to rank higher on Google and convert attendees that may search for events, you need to sort out your SEO strategy. Read this comprehensive event marketing guide with hundreds of event marketing tactics to keep you on top of things.

Post videos of the set-up or exclusive clips behind-the-scenes during the day to generate a buzz. For local events, the local station can key into your target audience and raise awareness while national radio, although more expensive has a much wider reach. It is important to remember that well-known stations are used regularly by motorists so securing a top rush-hour spot will have your event heard by thousands in the car, not just for those listening at home. So, if you have the budget it is worth tapping into.

Also, invite a station to coveryour event live for exclusive access and fun promotion! Run a giveaway to build event hype with the prize including event tickets or a VIP experience for guests! This will get everyone sharing before the event and encourages guests to follow up, plus you would hope the winner would share their experience too for a bit of FOMO!

Make these ahead of time or encourage sponsored lenses at your event so that attendees can augment their reality. These lenses allow users to create layers that interact with real-life so you could make several elements or props animated when viewed through the lens.

This gets attendees interacting via Snapchat and sharing all over social media for promotion. This could be anyone from an industry professional to a celebrity or influencer but this involves paying them to promote your event. Use technology tools to involve your core fans to share and get a commission on each ticket sold. There are tools available to generate codes and share your event with the top contacts that may purchase a ticket. Be specific with your ambassador program. Whether trying to affect local change, raise funds or simply bring a group of people together, community events can be the best way to do this if done correctly.

Like any event, organizing a community event comes with its own pitfalls and challenges. People need to be informed, engaged and motivated; and like any event, attendee security and safety are paramount. These tips and ideas will help you inspire your attendees and create amazing community events. With this in mind, aim for local sustainability and keep this in the forefront.

Ready to produce a fantastic community celebration? Here are 20 ideas that are guaranteed to be popular…. A fantastic community catering idea that involves each attendee bringing a food item to contribute to the buffet table. For larger events, you want to make sure you have everything from starters to sweets so you can allocate meal or drink types to groups of people who can then organize with each other what they are going to specifically bring.

This is an excellent way of bringing people together and starts a conversation on what everyone has brought.

Accommodating large numbers all at once, synthetic ice rinks are energy conscious and environmentally friendly. Give guests of all ages a unique experience to get active. Asia booth Dell Event 07 Oct. Asia likeiceasia le 7 Oct. Offer cooking classes and workshops with the attendees being able to add their creations to the buffet or sell them for fundraising.

Local restaurants could set-up a pop-up stand to accommodate in exchange for signage as an interesting sponsorship idea. Of course, you could also make it a competition too. While these can be difficult to get permits for if you need to close the street , they are excellent and memorable because they involve bringing neighbors together so are more likely to become recurring. These traditions help to create safer neighborhoods and give children an opportunity for a warmer environment to grow up in.

How best to get everyone motivated for a morning event than serving a pancake breakfast? Add a walking tour to your event so that attendees can see some of the best community sites. This could be themed such as restaurants, breweries and local cuisine or opt for historical or cultural significance. Enhanced technology means that you can use large digital screens to display games that are controlled by audience participation.

For example, audience voice activated arm wrestling involves splitting the crowd in half and giving them, two separate sounds e. The software picks up the sounds and the loudest sounds win the game. This results in the digital display showing it as an arm wrestling match.

There are plenty of other options, from table tennis to soccer on screen, with different interaction techniques but it is bound to get the crowd pumping. Radio can be a big part of daily life and the broadcasters can be minor celebrities in their own right. One of the DJs could host the main stage.

Branded vehicles and broadcast enabled vans will always cause quite a stir on site and they often have plenty of giveaways to hand out. Interview attendees of all ages and highlight local interest stories. It might encourage those that live nearby to come along, hearing about everything that is going on in the local area. With attendees putting increasing importance on health, fitness workshops or those ideas with healthy undertones can always be a hit.

Have a leader on stage taking the crowd through the warmup and exercises, play some upbeat music and get everyone moving. Although this is most effective with large open areas festivals are also quite compatible you can still make this work with limited space by adapting the type of exercises and opting for intermittent high-intensity moves on the spot.

An informal catering option that breeds community and networking while being very easy to plan and instigate. Designate a griller or grillers for the day and make sure you start cooking early so that you are prepared when the lunchtime rush comes.

You can also have a line for buns, cheese, condiments and salad so more people can get involved. Give back to the community by incorporating a drive for something that directly benefits them. For example, blast some music and get everyone picking litter in the local park before being rewarded with event fun and games.

It adds a sense of community pride and the work gets done much faster and cheaper than if the local authority has to deal with it. Adding a participatory idea such as craft stations offer a shortstop for the creative types which could be turned into a memento from the day.

You could make this extra sustainable by sourcing from the local art and craft store or working towards a community initiative like these throwing and painting bowls that aim to raise money to fight hunger in the community. Students and community members are hard at work throwing and painting bowls for our upcoming fundraiser Empty Bowls on February 15th. Join us for this event and you'll get to take home a handmade bowl, enjoy delicious soup, and most importantly, fight hunger in our community.

Learn more through link in bio and plan to join us! Food Bank For Larimer County. Tug on the nostalgia and create a family games day where you can divide into teams to play oversized games such as chess, connect 4 or Jenga.

Organise a drive-in screening of an old movie, where cars can pull up but still be waited on and have their orders taken by staff. Invest in the local scenery by starting a gardening community event where you aim to spruce up the public areas, take care of the existing plants and potentially plant more trees. Use music to make your event emotive and have an eclectic mix from all genres to appeal to everyone.

Offer a dance-a-thon alongside your event that couples can enter or simply have non-stop music until the party ends. Make this more interesting by having duelling bands or pianos or a skilled MC to mix things up and try new musical combinations of classical and current music.

Order a drinks or food truck to cater your event. Alternatively, you could opt for carts or cycling stations that can roam your event, particularly useful on a summer day in the park. Is your community or event near water?

A new popular trend is to take paddleboards or small boats out and collect litter from waterways to keep them clean and be sustainable. You can have volunteers on hand to help raise awareness and educate passers-by in terms of the damage rubbish can do to local wildlife and habitats. You could print signage and leaflets or work with a local charity who already has these resources.

Turn a communal or local public area into the perfect place for treasure hunts! These could be innovative with QR codes offering digital rewards or something simpler such as sweet treats for the players. It could be another idea for local sponsorship ideas with community suppliers offering prizes to find. Encouraging teams at a community event can encourage more guests to attend and adds a competitive element that most enjoy.

You could raise funds by making it a pay to play trivia where the teams chip in some money to play shorter versions of a pub quiz throughout the day and then see how their scores tally up. All work and no play can make your event a dull place. Boring company events leave attendees feeling tired and more likely to walk away feeling like they have learned nothing. Time has run out on boring company events. This has to change.

Here are some ideas and tips to take your company events to the next level. Give your guests a break from the glass and steel world of business and dress your event to impress. Design your meetings to wow your attendees.

Use eventtech to add excitement and create some healthy competition between staff. Get groups to work together collectively and get to know new colleagues and departments. Food and drink can be a big part of the event experience and it can be a unique opportunity to add a touch of luxury or additional branding to the event.

Need some advice on company event ideas that your boss and staff will love? Here are 20 as a starter. Add a sophisticated corporate twist to the traditional flash mob to surprise VIP guests.

This Charleston flash mob was definitely entertaining and memorable. Make stages more engaging to capture attendee attention by using custom backdrops or staging designs. This cool western theme, coupled with some clever lighting draws attention and keeps the focus.

Please stop using pipe and drape! Another adrenaline filled idea that can utilize open space and be an incredible experience. For team building alternatives you can try zorb football which involves hilarious attempts at football while strapped into a giant zorb ball.

If corporate drinks are more the scene for your team, choose a cocktail workshop run by mixologists to design a custom cocktail inspired by the business or brand. They could be incorporated into the next office event and a competition to decide on which is best. An excellent way to get rid of titles to help generate ideas and brainstorming at a corporate event.

Roundtables are exactly as they insinuate and allow everyone the chance to speak freely, making innovation more likely and strengthening teams. Particularly fun at corporate retreats, attendees have to partner up with someone with a different job role or department the more different the better.

It allows for chocolate decoration and bespoke packages such as tours of a chocolate factory and chocolate tasting. Will be a huge yes for those with a sweet tooth. This sporting trend is becoming an excellent addition to conferences, offering a healthy activity that gives a sense of achievement for many. Increase the difficulty by turning it into an obstacle course or mud run and turn it into a fundraiser by getting pledges for finishing within a certain time or guessing the finishing times.

A hilarious icebreaker that helps to break the barriers between management levels is to guess the baby. Everyone brings in a picture of them between 1 and 3 years old, everyone has to try and match the baby to the photo! Allow attendees to attend a corporate event in extra casual attire. Plus, you could raise funds by having employees donate for the privilege.

Allow for more attendees and an engaging seating layout where they are spoken to in the round. It feels more intimate and if you choose your speaker right it is far more memorable. Friendly betting on sporting events or outcomes can add a competitive atmosphere and gets everyone talking and interacting in participation. In office sweepstakes, you can bid on the outcome of anything, from when a baby is due to what the weather will be like on a certain day, the winner gets to keep half of the final pot.

Add fun playground elements to the event, such as slides and swings which can rekindle the fun and nostalgia in guests. This makes the event more engaging and also lends to creativity. Add team-building exercises such as orienteering to your agenda because it also promotes problem solving and creativity which are all elements you want from your working team. A corporate fundraising idea that could be adapted for the event if a team meets their sales targets! Everyone votes on the costume and when the milestone is reached, the boss has to wear the costume in the office for the day.

The boss has the option to defer, for a huge sum to the employee of their choice who can also do the same. Offering food and drink on the table means that professionals can focus on their conversations and discussions with food being an aside.

This idea of guests being able to pour their own tea and cut their own snacks adds a level of informality that makes the group more comfortable.

How about a cup of tea? A post shared by Helen K. Li Purel lipurel on Jan 18, at 6: Offer the air of mystery by creating a corporate event such as a gala or awards dinner with the masquerade theme. It helps allow everyone to feel comfortable and ignoring roles or titles for the evening. Use sleek or modern venues that are usually suited to black tie affairs and give them a spruce to meet the essentials you need.

This way you get the atmosphere you want with the logistics you need. Hosting an event in public can strike fear into the heart of event the most hardy of event planners.

In an uncontrolled, unfamiliar environment the number of things that can go wrong can increase considerably. In public spaces you may need permits or a licence to host an event. Think about communication between staff on site. Event radios are likely to be the best method of communication for a public event. Ensure all radio holders are fully trained in operating the devices.

How will you monitor numbers and safety on site? If it is a ticketed event with a clear event perimeter you have control over the flow and number of people on site. If overcrowding is likely to be a concern this needs to be addressed within the event risk assessment.

From poetry slams to karaoke and musical talent showcasing their original music, an open mic can accompany a variety of events and help bring a public event indoors to transition to the evening. For example, a free baby car seat check, oil test or tire pressure which can be an excellent sponsorship idea for public events. This involves placing notes or ornaments on a tree and making a wish. This can be a fundraising option for public events as well as a unique alternative to a guestbook if you have guests sign cards to add.

Offer an opportunity for informal chats and collaborate with venues with a message, you get people in the door with free coffee or tea and then wow them with other events or campaigns. Plus, they become the perfect focal point for parents with young children or the elderly. Create an open house for aspiring artists to showcase their work easily. Open spots for different mediums from photography, sculpture and painting to make the selection more diverse and offer it as the participatory part of your event.

Repurposing is an increasing trend and one that is quite popular so move your focus towards crafts and exciting projects. Tell attendees to bring certain recyclable materials and these can be turned into beneficial alternatives e. Offer a variety of food options at stalls from providers with taster samples as well as offerings to purchase as a unique public event catering idea. Ensure variety by limiting the stalls selling different foods to maximize interest and profit for all involved.

Even the displays, service and method of service can be exciting. The big craze at the moment is for food trucks, with camper vans, double decker buses and bicycle trucks, just some of the ideas you may find. Some people are afraid of clowns so strip this down to the balloon artists who can make intricate and fun sculptures on the spot. This could be roaming entertainment or a specific booth! Keep the community on their toes by having pop-up shops that cater to needs on the fly.

A fun idea is an outdoor pizzeria that rolls around once a month to cook stone-baked pizza in the open air. It creates a meeting point and gets everyone chatting! Have an inaugural event or opening? Kids and adults love a fire truck or police car up close and you could incorporate fun activities and learning at the same time. Have demonstrations by your local services to raise awareness and create better relationships with communities at the same time.

We all know the importance of giving blood, so invite the blood drive van to your event to park up and offer incentives such as freebies, swag or free food to everyone who donates. Top the event off with a public firework display and go out with a bang! These are extremely beneficial in communities with lower health rates and could include the local nurse or dentist popping along to your event and offering free health or dental checks, taking blood pressure or offering advice.

Be aware these are very popular so you may want to invite other professionals too. Host a sporting event such as a swim or bikeathon on stationary bikes that keeps going throughout the day. There could be a distance goal to get to or instant motivation such as powering something electronic with the energy to an immediate result.

Do something simple by inviting local businesses to an outdoor, informal trade show that allows them to offer free products, interact with the public and make an impression. Add participatory activities as well as entertainment and charge attendees for tickets and business owners for a booth stand. Host a silent disco where music is playing through attendee headphones which are wireless and adjustable.

Take things up a notch by having adjustable channels to choose from for different music genres! By using the psychology of surprise, you can turn your event into a memorable experience that will have your attendees reminiscing for years to come.

Use innovation to create moments that your attendees will want to share. Think about your brand or organization. What does it represent? This could spark ideas for how to be innovative around your true values. Technology is often a great way to be recognized as a truly innovative brand. There are lots of exciting developments in event technology and those that resonate with your audience and help you to understand them better can bring lots of benefits.

Inception Events It is becoming increasingly popular to create an inception event which involves adding one event type into another. This is an example of a festival theme being used for a corporate dinner, recreating the atmosphere but for a classy evening event. This is a quick snap I took last night of the festival themed dinner Augmented Mazes Turn small spaces into big opportunities with augmented reality games such as these mazes that look fairly simple but with the aid of virtual reality turns into a challenge and participatory activity.

The perfect way to kick-off the year. Secret Events It may go against the marketing standard but secret events are becoming popular because of their mystery and exclusivity. They create a buzz, purely because there is nothing known about them until the last minute.

From secret screenings in abandoned venues to ad hoc keynotes and lost lectures. Designate areas of your conference specifically for open play at all times to not-so-subtly promote play.

Giant nostalgia games like Jenga, Connect Four, and Twister are becoming a staple at large receptions, on trade show floors, and at outdoor events. These oversized games are like beautiful interactive decor that helps people network while they play in a unique way. More independent Play Zones with sheets of adult coloring book pages, kitschy craft stations, video games, or collaborative mural painting are another way to promote playfulness, and can be enjoyed independently or with friends.

A combination of an expert facilitator and MC who in an ideal world also has a background in education and professional speaking. Your coach should help you train your speakers to be more engaging, curate and facilitate your content, and lead your participants in thought-provoking and knowledge-sharing discussions that reiterate your most important objectives for the conference. Live Product Demos Use augmented or virtual reality to allow attendees to experience products or services for themselves.

This is excellent if you have products that are difficult to test in an event environment and allows a one-on-one opportunity to showcase them where they do best. Silent Conference Plug straight into your attendees with a silent conference allowing speakers to connect with the audience. Capture attendees from all sides with this 3D result and create fun shareables for social media.

We can't wait to share joysquadsocal with our client tomorrow for their holiday party. How fun is this 3D photo booth?!! A post shared by Twenty Events twentyevents on Sep 27, at 1: Twenty Events Clubbing Lunch All the benefits of a nightclub but alcohol-free and at lunchtime!

These interesting mini-events are creating an alternative for corporate attendees to attend mid-week activities and still getting the full benefit! This is a new dynamic at conferences for brainstorming whereby a center circle of attendees sit and discuss a topic at length, while an outer circle observes!

For trade shows or exhibition, the cardboard booth is becoming popular. Not only does it showcase CSR for a brand but they are also quirky, easy to sign and highly adaptable for space and needs. Plus, they are easy to transport yourself to the event.

If you need content for the event highlight reel, a video booth is the perfect way to capture sentiment that attendees can record. It can then be edited together or used as the perfect video testimonial, just let attendees know how you intend to use it. Attendees have short attention spans and it is becoming important for events and brands to get the point across quickly. Speed presentations are becoming a favorite format where speakers get a set amount of slides or time to complete their presentation in 5 minutes or less!

No more long keynotes and space for a variety of speakers. Showcase your sponsors in fun, playful ways by incorporating interactive ways for them to showcase their product or service.

Think giant vending machines to give away swag, fun ball pit chill-out spots, or even CSR Corporate Social Responsibility give-back stations think building a bike for kids or making care packages for the needy. Putting the power in the hands of the participants leaves all kinds of room for fun and playful design formats for education.

Consider using fun tools like throwable microphones to promote interactive sessions or polling apps to determine which content is presented next.

You could also use fun physical props like giant foam fingers and noisemakers for voting or betting on correct answers.

Putting more demand for active participation in fun ways will make your participants be more willing to let their voice be heard in a playful way. Provide touchscreens and headphones to give an augmented reality booth tour and add fun elements like in this example which brings the backdrop and booth walls to life. It not only increases time spent at your booth but also saves staff from needing to show visitors around, allowing them to have their own experience and dwell on the parts that they want to, freeing other staff to answer questions and interact elsewhere.

We are all so used to smartphones and touch screens but these jumbo versions that take more than one attendee to operate are going to wow them and draw them in.

Having games and activities on a large scale that encourage others to work together makes them reliant on each other and more invested than the passing visitor, making them commit more and be fully immersed in the task at hand.

Give attendees a memorable token to take away from the event in the form of a mixed-reality photo. The options for scenarios are endless and you can seamlessly integrate products, branding, and sponsorship into the end result.

Part of creating an immersive experience is appealing to different emotions, so using augmented reality to add a fear or thrill element takes it up a notch. Using big LED screens and a focal standing point, you can create opportunities to immerse attendees into certain situations.

This monster example shows a simulation where attendees have to narrowly avoid oncoming cars. Scaling this down and adding some walls can make this more effective and remove the outside distractions, making it even more Immersive.

Creating connections between attendees is a key objective for many events but getting people to make those connections is often easier said than done. For events of this type, the onus is on the event planner to make sure the right wheels are greased to make connections and conversations happen. Read on to find out more Do everything you can to reduce nervousness and ensure that everyone has connected with someone in advance of the event.

Understand that not everyone is confident or comfortable in networking situations. Some attendees need more support and encouragement than others. Whether your attendees and extrovert or introvert, try to maximize the opportunities to make new contacts for everyone attending. If you have an event app encourage people to reach out to others with similar interests so they have people to look out for at the event. As the name suggests, smart badges are a clever technology to improve networking.

Fundamentally they use an app and mobile device to help pinpoint people of similar interests or specifically preset people to talk to and notify or light up when close to a match. For a low-cost and easy idea, you can aim to put extra tidbits of information about the attendee on their name tag. When filling out registration forms merely add an extra box that allows attendees to fill in the information and this allows similarly minded guests to find each other at the event as well as starting interesting talking points to break the ice.

Some ideas you could try are:. Or you could opt to make it a question about the event theme, their job role or event experience e. While it may start making everyone suspicious, they will quickly bond and form relationships using teamwork to guess the murderer! It also creates for perfect conversation post-event, particularly with a murder mystery that is a bit more elaborate. Being open and encouraging storytelling makes deeper connections and memorable networking.

A drinks reception can be used as a transition for attendees if you are using your venue for different purposes and need time to transform it. While this is happening it allows guests to mingle without any restrictions, particularly if you are having a seated dinner.

They offer an informal, comfortable space that is excellent for networking and offering a place for attendees to congregate and converse.

You can adapt these to your industry and they are more intense than a roundtable or breakaway and everyone focuses on working together to achieve a common goal. Make presentations more personable with fireside chats which allow an up close conversation that attendees are more likely to learn from. Many people find introducing themselves online to be easier than in person. Connecting your participants via social media can help reduce the anxiety of not knowing anyone else at the event.

Create a private event group on Facebook or host a Twitter chat to help people to get to know each other. Alternatively set up a medium where guests can create their own avatar and customize it to suit them and talk to each other in a virtual world. This is a fun way to transition to a real-world situation and create talking points. Virtual reality networking is now possible. Picnics transport attendees to summer and socializing so recreate this year-round.

For large long tables, seat swap part way through the event by having one side of the table move down three seats! If it is a particularly long event, you could do this multiple times! Mini laser tag could be incorporated into your event without taking up much space, particularly if you combined it with a virtual or augmented reality element.

Create atmospheres that are open to inclusion and discussion by using semi-circles, crescents and U shape table layouts for conferences or breakaways. Help attendees continue their conversations by offering a way they can follow up, whether this is forms that they can exchange, a list of attendees and companies they came from make sure you get permission first! Of course, you can use social media during an event to encourage attendees to interact.

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