What are some good group topics to discuss with elderly women in a nursing home?

I am student social worker doing my internship in a nursing home. I will be starting a group with several older women and was looking for some topic ideas to discuss. It should be something light and that will give everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings and also learn something. Thank you! I like what Laura said to talk about their past but how can I do it in a structured way so that they all get a chance to talk and there's some form to the group?

Asked By: YahooWiz - 2/16/2012
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I'm a retired social worker, and I led such a group in an assisted living facility for 4 years. It's difficult for me to remember the topics I used (it's been over 10 years), but I'll do my best... More
Answered By: Dorothy C - 2/16/2012
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Obituaries... The Usual...
Answered By: Timmay! - 2/16/2012
I did this. Love it. They are so Interesting. Talk about siblings. Things they did when they were young. They like sharing this thought also. Enjoy!
Answered By: Laura - 2/16/2012
1, Great grand children. 2, Grand children,, 3, Their children. Past Jobs, Illnesses in fact anything!. also their music, sure fire Ice Breaker!.......
Answered By: Thomas - 2/16/2012
Ask 'em to talk about handicrafts. Many of them used to make their families' clothes - how much do YOU know about darning socks... More
Answered By: Will Nickel - 2/16/2012
Have a different topic at each talk. Prompt them with topics like... More
Answered By: Stella Mk 2 - 2/16/2012
A lot of people believed in living life to its fullest and forgetting about their creator. Some of them are probably worried if they will go to heaven, knowing they sinned a lot over the years. It is never to late to repent and ask for God's forgiveness. Jesus died on the Cross so mankind can pay for their sins. They... More
Answered By: John and Lois - 2/16/2012
Like to talk about their childhood and what it was like to grow up there.
Answered By: Ken H - 2/16/2012
First group meeting ask them what they like or do a survey. Then you can use the most popular things for a theme at the next group discussions. For example, perhaps some of those residents used to garden or travel or had hobbies. Think those would be good discussions if they are interested. You could also get them to... More
Answered By: Patti - 2/16/2012
Your Worst Blind Date. Structured so each in turn, you calling next names. Definite fun. Whether if you were young again, you'd jump off a bridge with a bungee. Any adventure riding a horse. What you'd invent for specialized use for Seniors.
Answered By: Dinah - 2/16/2012
There are several topics that are discussion starters: children, grandchildren, the past, and that all-time-all-timer, sex!
Answered By: Milton - 2/16/2012
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