Be Curious Together
Children are encouraged to be curious in life, to explore, to play, and to make sense of the world that they live in. Often those early interests stay with an individual into adulthood. If they are lucky enough they may incorporate their interests and passions into work, sometimes they become hobbies. For some, interests and passions can get lost in the ‘noise’ of life. In particular, this can happen when older people move into care. To ensure that you are enriching your resident’s experience it is important to provide opportunities that will awaken their curiosity and make space for their passions and interests.
By showing curiosity we connect with our environments and each other. Sometimes as the responsibilities of our lives take centre stage, we can lose our ‘wonder’ for the world around us. Therefore curiosity must be continually nurtured at all stages of our lives. As to be curious, to discover and explore what sparks our interest and passions is a fundamental part of our personhood and wellbeing. Without it, we can feel that we have lost connection and our place in the world.
Activity coordinators sometimes can err on the safe side with activity provision. This can take the form of activities they are experts in delivering or those that previously have had high engagement and enjoyment. To achieve those outcomes is a sign of hard work and dedication, however, enjoyment and engagement are not the only markers for a successful activity. Activities that have an aspect of discovery, learning, and exploration provide enrichment. They improve and enhance the quality of provision and your residents’ experience and sense of self.
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Learning is for Everyone!
We can learn new things about the world at any age or stage in our life. Therefore being curious and learning about something new doesn’t necessarily mean that information must be retained and recalled.
For older adults with health and care needs this is not the goal. Learning for them is any positive change to their experience of life and any activity that provides them with a spark of interest, and understanding, or enjoyment of something new.
So become curious together and enjoy the new adventures of discovery in your care setting!
CEO Creative Paths EM CIC – Proud to be a Not for Profit