This article describes a political and social action group of cognitively intact nursing home residents. Organized in response to residents’ desire to “do something” about social issues, the group is coordinated by one of the nursing home’s recreational therapists, who expected participation in the group to maximize residents’ autonomy and sense of control. Benefits mentioned by the participants included: The opportunity to communicate their thoughts, keeping busy, and feeling part of the larger community.
- Institutionalized elderly
- Sense of control