Member Profile:

Susan

Activity Director From Nevada, United States


About Susan: Susan Berg is a freelance writer, retired healthcare professional, retired Activity Director and current writer for several senior care e-magazines with more than 20 years of experience working with Senior Citizens and eight years experience writing for a number of publications. She is the author of a book for those with dementia and their caregivers. Susan has two blogs about activities for seniors and information vital to all wanting to know about dementia. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and North Shore Community College.

Senior Citizens
Susan is an expert on senior citizen issues. She is currently a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant(COTA). In this role, she has worked with senior citizens. Susan is an expert on adapting and modifying activities so that seniors can participate in them. She spent twenty years as an Activity Director in nursing homes. She devised, planned, coordinated, and facilitated stimulating activity programming. Also she designed a program for homebound senior citizens. Currently, Susan shares her knowledge about senior activities on one of her blogs.

Dementia

Susan is also an expert on dementia and related issues. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner(CPD). She has participated in numerous workshops, seminars and alike where she has gained much knowledge. Her work as an Activity Director and COTA has given her much knowledge and experience in relating to individuals with dementia. Susan is passionate about sharing her knowledge. She is hopeful that people will do what they can to prevent or at least slow down dementia in themselves or loved ones. Susan has shared many tips on how to prevent dementia or slow it down on her other blog.

Feel free to visit and comment at either of Susan’s blogs at
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com
http://dementiaviews.blogspot.com

29 Activities


3010 Comment

Susan 5th Jul 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Jamesia
That is quite something
Thank you for sharing it
Susan 5th Jul 2022 Activity Director

Mathematics Activities for the Elderly

You will have to make up your own Patricia as it suggests in this article
May want to share this with us
but here are some other math activities with me enjoy
https://www.goldencarers.com/fun-and-lively-math-group-games-for-the-elderly/5845/
Susan 5th Jul 2022 Activity Director

20 Practical Activities for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease

Hi Lorraine
I agree that a sing-along is a good idea
There are many ways to do a sing-along
I like to play name that tune but instead of playing the Notes to a song I’ll give them words to the title and see who can guess the title of this song and then we sing that song
There are other sing-along ideas on Golden carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/themed-sing-along---songs-starting-with-im-/3715/
https://www.goldencarers.com/theres-a-hole-in-the-bucket-sing-along/7894/
There are many others as well

Susan 5th Jul 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Sandra
You can play it any way you want to or what the residents respond to best
Like many activities on this site you need to adapt and modify them so they satisfy the needs of your residence
Susan 2nd Jul 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Grace
You need to access staff to help you supplies you will need the space you would use and the enthusiasm of the people in this unit
You can use these posters
https://www.goldencarers.com/summer-poster-3/6547/
https://www.goldencarers.com/summer-poster-1/6545/
https://www.goldencarers.com/summer-poster-2/6546/
If you need ideas on decorations your residents can make let me know
Handing out invitations is a good idea whether you make your own or buy some and just fill in the blanks
Hopefully you will get the kitchen to make some treats to eat but you may have to buy them yourself
Music is also a good idea
You can use summer music CDs or have a playlist on your device and use that
You may also want to have a sing-along with summer songs
I like to mix singing With trivia
https://www.goldencarers.com/american-summer-quiz/5953/
Let me know if I can be of any more help
Susan 2nd Jul 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Ken
This is very nice of you
I hope you saw the article that I put in your last post
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-start-a-garden-club-for-seniors/4314/
As far as bylaws go you need to ask the facility what their bylaws are
The best bet is to do a raised garden because most seniors cannot bend over and work from the ground
Perhaps someone in the maintenance department can help you make them

You may want to have an herb garden here are some ideas about that
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-grow-a-herb-garden-with-seniors/3214/
This article may help you also it does give alternatives to having raised beds
https://www.goldencarers.com/easy-gardening-activities/3194/
Susan 2nd Jul 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Susan 1st Jul 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Grace
Thank you for your input
Susan 30th Jun 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Tiffany
Thanks for sharing this
Susan 30th Jun 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Joey
Golden Carers has newsletters that you can use every month
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search=July+Newsletters&search_tag=Activity
Help