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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

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Susan 15th Aug 2020 Activity Director

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Thanks for this information Maureen
Susan 15th Aug 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Leanne
I am sure of this comment will help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/27312/
Susan 15th Aug 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Adele
When I think about a champagne bottle I think about New Year’s eve or some other party
To start with you need a picture or a real champagne bottle as your prop
You can probably buy an empty champagne bottle at a party store or just do use a picture that you can friend or get a book of champagne bottles that you could show
Here is a new year short story that you could use
http://www.brightlightmultimedia.com/blcafe/ShrtStories-AHappyNewYear.htm
You can reminisce about the new year and what that means to your clients
You can talk about what that new year means to you
You could also do the same for birthdays or for Chinese new year because you might serve champagne at any of these events
You could then serve some real or Non-alcoholic or one you can make yourself With apple juice and soda Champagne
Susan 14th Aug 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Adele
I am not sure exactly what you mean
Does the poem short story and quiz have to be about the same topic
Here is a life short story
https://www.goldencarers.com/the-life-saver--short-story/4415/
Here is the life song
https://www.goldencarers.com/my-favourite-things-singalong---senior-version/6361/
Here is a life poem

https://www.goldencarers.com/beatitudes-for-friends-of-the-aged/5099/
Here is a life prop you can use

https://www.goldencarers.com/my-life-timeline/5990/
You can use any of these as your central theme and adapt and modify so you have the poem the song The narrative and the prop
Is this what you had in mind??



Susan 14th Aug 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Shelley
Sounds like you have things under control
Kudos to you
Thanks for sharing
Hang in there things will get better
Susan 13th Aug 2020 Activity Director

Where in the World Quiz

Hi Kathie
I like your idea of using pictures
Thank you for sharing
Susan 13th Aug 2020 Activity Director

Read Along Books for Dementia Residents

Hi Joanne
How creative of you and what a good idea
Susan 13th Aug 2020 Activity Director

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Hi again Luke
Thanks for the information
As I said before this is very ambitious of you
I do hope you have the cooperation of the staff
I like the ideas here
https://www.goldencarers.com/1950s-nostalgia-party/4827/
You can make invitations and decorations for you unit
Also play proper music
Here are some ideas
https://www.goldencarers.com/free-music-playlists-for-the-elderly/4298/
Ask the staff to dress in the appropriate decade
Ask family members to supply clothes for the residents to wear
If you really want to get ambitious you can invite family members as well
Do you need any more information??
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