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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.


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

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Susan 23rd Sep 2023 Activity Director

15 uplifting activities for people with limited mobility

Hi Mel
Talking is a great activity so let this person talk
Singing is also a great thing to do
If you want to be creative, then you can take a song and change it or add to it
One I’d like to do is if you’re happy and you know it and think of all the things you can do that start with every letter of the alphabet or just random things see how many he can remember which will help the memory
Susan 22nd Sep 2023 Activity Director


Hi Linda
Golden carers is so grateful to members like you
Thank you for your kind words and thank you for sharing this lovely picture
Obviously, you are a great caregiver
Thank you for all you do
Susan 21st Sep 2023 Activity Director


Hi Villa Pines
Here are some of the things I did to have the high functioning residents help with Activities
First, I had them partner up with a lower functioning resident
For example we did team trivia. We left the higher functioning. Resident answer the question but before they did, they would discuss it with the lower functioning resident
A good strategy is to ask the higher functioning. Resident what the lower functioning one was thanking if they cannot speak.
I had seen the lower functioning. Residents smile won the higher functioning resident said, what they were thinking.
Another idea with trivia is to let each person answer only once, and then let the lower functioning resonate ask for the help of others
Higher functioning residents can pass out song, sheets, or other things that you might need in the the group
They could partner up in cooking activities
These are just a few examples
Some have higher functioning
Residents actually run groups
There are some ideas of what they could do if you are interested
Susan 21st Sep 2023 Activity Director


Dear Bertha
Thank you for sharing your lifes journey with the elderly
I am sure you experience with golden carers will enhance your experience and theirs
If you have any specific questions, you have or
would like to share some activities that you have done that are successful. Feel free to do that.
Again, thank you
Susan 18th Sep 2023 Activity Director


Hi Anatole
I wish you great success
I assume the residents are already at your facility?
It is important to include them and planning what you are going to do
You can have a great activity calendar, but if no one wants to do what on it what good is it?
Celyn, make sure to include some of their interests
You may have to modify some of the active days so they can participate in them
With all that said
Music is a great tool. There are many activities you can do that include music.
Also reminiscing and trivia and exercise or a combination there of life is great
Susan 11th Sep 2023 Activity Director

Care Plan Goals & Interventions

Hi Denise
Thank you for your kind words
I agree this site has a lot to offer
I hope the activity Director check that out because there are many many ideas that would be very helpful
There is also a great tool kit that she are you might be able to use
Susan 6th Sep 2023 Activity Director

Paint Pouring Activity

Hi, four seasons
I am hoping you can help Patricia out
Thank you
Susan 6th Sep 2023 Activity Director

Armchair Travel to Austria

Hi Courtney
Let us know how the non-alcoholic beverages turn out and perhaps share your recipes
Thank you
Susan 5th Sep 2023 Activity Director


Wow, Kaylene
What a wonderful thing to do. Thank you for sharing this.
Susan 5th Sep 2023 Activity Director


Hi Tara
Thank you for your input