As a sales tool, an activity calendar crammed full of events for the residents is invaluable. Prospective clients passing by think "How busy life here would be. Just look at this schedule."
The secret is, the management fills the schedule all right, but with imaginary activities. Visit the activity room at the appointed time for "UNO CARD GAME", and you'll be alone. Solitaire Uno is no fun. Wil and Mac may not show up for their gig. Nor the Blue Grass Silver.
Thank goodness for George who comes weekly and plays the piano for two and half hours. Larry comes monthly and plays his electronic keyboard. The Menonite Choir comes regularly. We love our volunteers.
But "current events"? The director announces "Me and Anthony (her eleven year old son) will read the newspaper to you." Whoopee. How about having the mayor or the city council person come and tell us about local politics. How about a college professor to tell how the new State Universtiy in town is going to choose it's professors? How about a history of the Space Program? What if a spokesman for NASA answered our questions, like "Is there anyone living in the ICC space station right now? How did they get there?" I'd like to know.
Whee, a miniature horse is coming tomorrow on pet visitation day.. "Invite your family and friends" says the activity director.
Gosh, I hope the Senior Pet Dog doesn't mount the miniature horse. That might be more activity than would fit into the calendar..