In the last issue I posed the question 'what's the one word, beginning in E, that has 8 letters and can wipe a smile off a resident's face?
Well, the answer is "Exercise"! Here's why.
The word exercise has the connotation of work - and there is a tendency for some residents to avoid a workout. The reaction sometimes is 'I don't feel like it', or 'I've already done that'.
But if you change the terminology to, say, "Chair Chi" or another program name, there's more likelihood of a resident joining in. It sounds intriguing and very different from the word "exercise" - even though exercise will be a component of the session.
So don't mention the 'E' word to your residents. Just say 'Chair Chi' - or whatever your program is called - and add 'it's fun'.