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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


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Susan 28th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Simone
Have you looked at that tool kit from golden Carers
https://toolkit.goldencarers.com/plans/
Susan 28th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Jean
Thank you for this valuable information
It sounds like you have the situation well under control
Susan 27th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Aurelija
Oh my best answer is that depends on what you want to use it for and the ability of people using it
one Thing you want to make sure of keeping the iPad safe and not broken
I had the person using the iPad sign a form so they will be more careful with it
IDeally you should get the biggest size
It also depends on your budget
Can connect the iPad to a TV if they are compatible you want to use iPad for a group
Let me know the purpose of your getting this and I can be more help
Susan 26th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Heather
Here is one idea
https://www.goldencarers.com/virtual-camping4109/
Make a pretend tent or get a small pup tent to set the mood
Serve camping food like hotdogs or somemores
Sing camping songs
Such as camp Granada this land is your land or any of these

https://www.goldencarers.com/pdf/4565/

Could pretend that you are camping in different locations and have a location a day
Susan 26th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Diane
Can be a difficult situation
Have you tried a walking club
Would need a volunteer or staff member to accompany the residents
Some residents just like to wander so as long as they are safe and fairly steady on their feet you could just call the activity a walking club
Hopefully you can get someone to help you
Maybe some other residents will be interested in working too Then you could ask trivia questions or sing as they are walking
Susan 25th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Bob
There is a one page newsletter which doesn’t have many colors that you could use
https://www.goldencarers.com/get-download.php?fid=1978&pid=7201
Susan 25th May 2021 Activity Director

20 Activities for the Visually Impaired

Hi Danielle
How wonderful of you to be taking care of your grandfather
One thing I’d like to do was to rip paper to make different things
For example we made leis using a plastic needle with yarn and scrunching up the paper as you put the needle in it
We had a long strips of paper about 2 inches wide and as long as can be handled
You can also make craft with tiny pieces of tissue paper that you paste on a shape made out of card stock
Pieces do not have to be that tiny but scrunch them up to them and paste and put them on shape
Also making a collage is a good idea
Here are some other ideas
crafts with step by step instructions on Golden Carers. You could try Scavenger Collage, Abayomi Rag Dolls, Sand Bottles, Egg Carton Spring Flowers, Mixed Media Collage. These are good to keep or to give away as gifts.
You could get some scissors which are not sharp that some children use in school
They cut
but they’re not dangerous
If He insists on using a scissors
Susan 25th May 2021 Activity Director

How to Plan a Fundraising Event

Susan 24th May 2021 Activity Director

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Hi Shearee
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and what do you do
Help