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They Need a Men’s Group

May 29, 2016

My parents live in a senior’s home, one that includes cleaning and laundry services, as well as meals served in the dining room.  The home also organizes many activities for their residents.  They have carpet bowling sessions, exercise classes, and groups making ice cream sundays.  Mostly women participate in these activities.  My mother, for example, watches movies and plays bridge in the senior’s home.  If you ask my father what activities he participates in, he will tell you “nothing at all”.  This is not quite true.  He does play shuffleboard with my mother.  Still, he doesn’t take part in any of the organized activities.

I’m thinking that the home needs to offer a men’s group.  It would provide fellowship and activities that appeal to men.  I have no doubt that my father would benefit from the opportunity to talk to other men of the same age.  He’d likely discover that other men are facing the same problems that he’s facing by himself.

Selecting a proper name for this group is critical.  The wrong name will keep men away from the group.  Don’t call it a “men’s therapy group” or even a “men’s discussion group”.  The name must appeal to men, and not carry a negative connotation.

What do men do in a group?  The only one that I can think of was a wood carving group.  Most of the men were working on bird models, in the one I’m recalling.  Of course, men like to watch sports, drink beer, drink coffee, and fart.  They also like to tell stories, as long as the others are willing to listen to them.  I can already see a group that would be important to many men.

The place is also critical.  No doubt we’ve already heard of man caves.  These are often in a garage or a basement.  That’s the right atmosphere for a group of men.  The senior’s home has an activity room where many of the women’s groups meet.  It’s too bright and too large for a men’s group.  I’m sure they could find a better place.  The billiards and shuffleboard room might be better.  In any case, the men would benefit if the home could offer a men’s group.


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