Creator

Jana Greenberg

Advisor

Krosky, Beverly

Department

Industrial Technology and Home Economics

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

1978

Extent

51 pages

Digital Origin

Reformatted digital

Abstract

The following abstract is taken from the introductory paragraph of the thesis. Creative activities in nursing home care facilities for the elderly were started as an answer to the unmet needs of the residents of those facilties. Physical needs, such as food, shelter, and freedom from pain were, until that time, of main importance. Needs of love, identity, and self respect came only after the first were taken care of. Realizing this, nursing home administrators began to look for an answer to the ever-increasing boredom and apathy that seemed to be prevalent in their patients. It was at this time that the activity director came into being as a very vital part of the nursing homes' curriculum. The purpose of an activity director is to coordinate a balanced activity program for each resident that willful fill his needs, as a creative person and allow him to continually develop his self-esteem and sense of dignity through various projects he engages in. Creative activities should not be thought of as a way to kill time but as a means to develop the full creative potential of the individual. Craft activities require individual participation although assembly line crafts are quite successful with some groups. The emphasis in this type activity is primarily on the individual receiving pleasure and satisfaction in his own accomplishment. Sociability and fun are frequent by-products.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

Greenberg1978

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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