Sunshiners interact in small social group settings performing enjoyable tasks that fulfilled a purpose for them some time in their past. For example, for some women, it may be the act of caring for infants, arranging flowers, sorting through jewelry, or working in an office. For some men, it may be working with tools, painting, or talking sports. We re-create these environments in our lounge with soft music and non-verbal communication. These fulfilling activities contribute to a decrease in anxiety, depression, and wandering.
Photos, memorabilia and themed reminiscing kits help prompt discussions and social interaction leading to improved communication skills. Aromatherapy, combined with special soothing music, helps restore peace, reduce depression, and relieve insomnia and pain.
Service projects serve as a connection to the community. Sunshiners help make pillows for children’s hospitals, baskets for special events, and compile care packages for disaster victims.