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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

29 Activities


3010 Comment

Susan 16th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Michael
I am so sorry to hear about your dilemma
What type of community do you work for??
How independent you are the residents??
Do you have a resident and council or some type of monthly meeting to see what the residents needs and wants are??
Have you chatted one on one with some of the residents to see what they might like to do??
You can spend hours designing a beautiful calendar that you think everyone will love but it doesn’t do any good if no one comes
I agree with Jean that food and drinks are great motivators
Do you or does someone escort residents to the activities??
Do you discuss activities with the residents and be your own cheerleader??
Here are some articles on golden Carers that might help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-get-reluctant-residents-to-attend-activities/5980/
https://www.goldencarers.com/16-ways-to-encourage-negative-or-pessimistic-residents-to-attend-activities/6571/
Susan 14th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Allison
Thanks for sharing this
Susan 14th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Kelly
I have another idea
Do your residents play bunco because this would be a good game for pairing residents with students
You could give out small prizes
https://www.goldencarers.com/bunco-dice-game-for-seniors/5724/
Here are some other game they can play together

https://www.goldencarers.com/games-for-people-living-with-dementia/4779/

Susan 14th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Kelly
I paired a resident or two with a high school student and they help them play bingo
Also some students like to read to the residents or vice versa
You can always have a party with food both enjoy
Food is a nice bridge
Solange also has some great ideas
Susan 13th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi again Laura
I thought of some more ideas
Music is always a good singing listening to it moving to it
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-plan-music-activities-for-dementia-care/3192/
Horse racing
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search_tag=Activity&search=DIY%20Horse%20racing
This activity is good make sure to read the comments
https://www.goldencarers.com/make-your-own-dominoes-game/6383/
For those who cannot speak but understand you you can use these Cue cards
https://www.goldencarers.com/cue-cards-for-dementia-care/4744/
Susan 12th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Laura
Congratulations on your new role
It seems that you have some great ideas
Have you thought about playing bunco
It is a fun game that requires very little skill and can be adapted to multiple situations
https://www.goldencarers.com/bunco-dice-game-for-seniors/5724/
I think playing other dice games and card games
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search_tag=Activity&search=Dice%20games

https://www.goldencarers.com/6-single-player-card-games/6363/

https://www.goldencarers.com/playing-cards-all-inclusive-games-for-seniors/5236/
Parties are always a good idea and perhaps getting some entertainment
Spiritual activities also are helpful

https://www.goldencarers.com/30-spiritual-activity-ideas/6332/

Susan 10th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Fish Facts & Trivia

Hi Pamela
Thank you for your kind words
If you would like to share an activity you do we would love to see it
Also we would be happy to answer any questions you might have
Thanks again
Susan 10th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Michael
We had an unofficial red hat society chapter at our nursing home
I would invite other chapters to visit the residents and we always had a party with each group
We had one group make hats for our residents
We had another group give us some other paraphernalia
It worked out quite well so I’m sure you could get an auxiliary group going
Like I said invite an Establish group in and have them share their experiences with the residents
Having an established group come in is always a good Marketing tool
You could elect officers in your group or take them out as an auxiliary group
If the residents are capable of doing it perhaps they could visit another chapter
Susan 10th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Megan
We took our residents to the beach
They had a place for us to park
How many staff members or volunteers do you take with you??
You or they could collect some items from the beach and bring them back to the boss and let the residents decide what you should keep and let you should not
Before you go on the trip you can have the residents make a list of things you will need that you know you’ll be able to find at the beach
Here are some ideas for your list
https://www.goldencarers.com/a-day-at-the-beach-sensory-kit-inspiration/6475/
If you take a picture can you share it with us so we can see what you did
Susan 9th Jul 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Denise
What about this idea for a scavenger collage
https://www.goldencarers.com/scavenger-collages/3749/
What about Sun catchers like these https://www.goldencarers.com/marble-sun-catchers/5995/
Help