On September 17, 2014, I am a motivational speaker for the West Virginia Activity Professionals Association annual conference.
This conference will draw over 100 activity professional from across Virginia.
These dedicated, caring professionals work in long term care, seniors centers, adult daycare and hospital settings. There goal is to help keep seniors engaged in activities to keep them healthy, happy and improve quality of life.
Most activity professionals organize a monthly activities calendar that they use to keep residents activities organized. Typical events include sing alongs, mind teasers, game shows, ring toss, story telling, poker night and more.
It is important for seniors to stay active, to keep there brain engaged. As they age, many seniors struggle with routine activities and simply withdraw. Also Alzheimers residents often must be redirected as they may wake up disoriented and start to pack to go home. Activity professionals use activities to continually engage them in the present.
Activities with seniors usually take place every hour. Care plan meetings also take place once a week. In these meetings, activity professionals are made aware of any changes to seniors medications that could effect the activities they participate in.
Some of the stressors of the job is working on a team but feeling like you work alone.
Activity professional sometimes struggle to continually try to get other team members ( nurses, nurses aides, etc) to help them out. It is challenging getting residents to move from one room to another for an activity, only to find them going back to their room again.
I look forward to serving as a motivational speaker for the West Virginia Activity Professionals. I will be doing two motivational speeches: The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor and Goodbye to Burnout! and This Would be Funny if it Wasn't Happening to Me!