January 7, 2014
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From the picture above, our cultural memory has an image of the 50s. Diners, jukeboxes, malt shops, drive-ins, rock ‘n roll, racing cars – all these things conjure up images of simpler times when the US was enjoying an era of post-war prosperity. This was the time when many residents were in the prime of their years and growing up in a world that was vastly different than their childhoods. Teens grew up knowing how to dance formally, stood in lines to see their favorite bandstands and be a part of the growing rock and roll culture. Rebel Without a Cause came to theaters, James Dean bringing with him the post-war angst so many of his peers felt to the screen.
Our residents today were these young folks once. And they knew, and still know, how to throw a great party.
A Sock Hop is a great way to recapture these iconic images of your residents’ youth!
Some ideas for your event:
1) Get a dance floor so the residents can dance the night away! You can also hold a dance contest or hand out awards for best dressed attendees.
2) The theme colors can be simple and memorable for your balloons: teal, pink, and black. You can also add blue or yellow for more of a pastel look.
3) Provide a 50s photo prop so friends and family can capture some memory-making moments.
4) With a complete decorating theme kit, your party supplies are already selected for you, and the mood can be set within a relatively short assembly time.
Your residents can remember and also relive their glory days the moment you start recreating the sounds and sights they know! Not only does it provide a wonderful outlet for fun, but it also provides a great memory trigger for memory care residents and patients. Once you start this wonderful atmosphere, it provides stability and comfort to the residents. It also creates nostalgia, joy, and fun for their visiting families and friends.