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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

20 Articles   Write for Us

7 Activities

2210 Comments

Susan 20th Apr 2021 Activity Director

12 Tips for Writing Progress Notes

HI Mishoine
Do you mean a daily participation log??
https://www.goldencarers.com/daily-attendance-forms/4119/
Susan 20th Apr 2021 Activity Director

FLIP Cards and Dice Matching Game

Hi Christine
Thank you for the information about your experience
Most active days for those with dementia go better in the morning
Susan 20th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Emma
It is a wonderful idea to have a pet or a friendly dog visit the residents
You will have to make sure that your dog has all his shots
You may want to register your dog as a pet therapy dog
Know that there are some groups that offer this service for free
I don’t know if you can get a grant or not but you might want to look into that
I don’t know how much money you want to make doing this or this is just a sideline business??
Here is some information about starting pet visiting program in a facility
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-setup-a-pet-visiting-program/6081/
Good luck to you
Susan 18th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Guess the Classic Car Quiz

Hi Kristin
Thank you for your kind words
Susan 18th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Sand Bottles

Hi Carol
Thank you for your suggestion
Susan 18th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Iced Tea and Cookie Pairing

Hi Annemarie
Thank you for your kind words
Susan 17th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Anagram Quiz #5

Hi Beverley
Thank you for your kind words and good luck in your new role
Susan 17th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Sheila
You can adapt and modify this form for an individual
https://www.goldencarers.com/get-download.php?fid=598&pid=4215
Susan 17th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Linda
Thank you for sharing this information
Susan 17th Apr 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Elizabeth
Nice of you to be giving this to a manager who is leaving
You could do a smaller version of this and instead of saying what are you thankful for say why we are thankful for you are we like you because you’re something like that and then give each resident a leaf to decorate put it on the tree and give to the manager
https://www.goldencarers.com/tree-of-thanks/6733/
You could also do this wreath except instead of Saying Gratitude day write the manager’s name
Then give each resident one of the leaves to decorate or say what they want and make the wreath
https://www.goldencarers.com/gratitude-day-wreath/6514/
Hope you get the idea
Let me know if this is what you had in mind or if they are too simple or too hard
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