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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 23rd Apr 2020 Activity Director

Homemade Cards for Mother's Day

Hi Brittany
If this is too much for your residents simplify it or use the pictures supplied here
https://www.goldencarers.com/pdf/5471/
Susan 23rd Apr 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Katrine
The ideas given on this comment were quite good
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/7245/
especially the ones made by Cathy
There are many ways to make invitations
You could make them yourself and just distribute them to the residents
You could have a craft session and have the residents make invitations decorating them etc.
Or you could distribute a large paper to each resident telling them when the pajama party is
You could pass these papers out for a short craft session having the residents decorate them and then bring them back to their room
For those who do not attend a craft session make sure you hang up a paper in their room to remind them of the event
Sounds like fun
Make sure to get the staff involved and let us know how it turns out
Susan 22nd Apr 2020 Activity Director

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I like the theme Pam
You can do an activity highlighting each subject
You can do them in a group or individually
For example for arts why not gave each resident who wants a packet of art supplies of your choosing something like magic markers and paper or pipe cleaners or whatever you want
Then let the creativity begin see you what beautiful things they can come up with you can help those who are having trouble
Literature 101 you could have the residents write a story about going to college or whatever you want
For those having trouble you could give them a story starter or a story that they have to fill in the blanks
https://www.goldencarers.com/poetry-mad-libs/5009/
There are many math activities on golden Carers are you could make up your own
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=math&stp=1
For history you could make it a reminiscing activity and have the resident share something about their past or something they remember
You could combine activities like reminiscing and story writing
For music you could have a sing-along
For physical you could do some kind of exercise group

https://www.goldencarers.com/exercise/

There are a lot of possibilities if you want any more specifics let me know
You are doing a great job you should be proud of yourself

Susan 21st Apr 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Diane
I need a little bit more information about the community you work in
Are you looking for activities for the whole group or for certain groups of people or are you looking for a one to one activities??
Golden Carers has many activities that you can adapt to meet the needs of your particular group but I need to know what group you were talking about
Susan 21st Apr 2020 Activity Director

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That’s really too bad but whatever works for you and them is what you should do
Susan 21st Apr 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Teresa
I like your theme for nursing home week
Here is what you can do
First read the comment from Kim about what she’s doing for Mother’s Day and my answer to it
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/25960/
Off to read this article by Haley and then adapt and modify these activities to meet your needs
Like trivia singalongs and reminiscing about each decade
https://www.goldencarers.com/19-ways-for-residents-to-socialize-in-isolation/6335/
Susan 21st Apr 2020 Activity Director

19 Ways for Residents to Socialize in Isolation

Another great article Haley
You can use the many of these ideas and adapt them as necessary for special days coming up like nursing home week
Susan 21st Apr 2020 Activity Director

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Thank you for your suggestion Adrian
Susan 21st Apr 2020 Activity Director

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Kim
It sounds like you’re doing a great job and have some fabulous ideas
You can always adapt and modify some of these activities on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/calendar/mothers-day-activities/19/
I’d like to make cards for the residents
I like to tell them why they are a good person and if you can get some thing good about them from their family or if you know them well you can include that I like to tell them why they are a good person and if you can get some thing good about them from their family or if you know them well you can include that
You can also say whether you were a mother or not you had a mother and I’m sure you were a wonderful child
Even if family members do not use technology they still have a phone so make sure that they call their loved one sometime during the day and you can even find out what time that might be so they will be ready for the call
You can also have the celebration at sometime later during the year
You could combine Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
And if that doesn’t work Mother’s Day father’s Day and grandparents day
You should remind families to buy their loved one A practical gift such as

https://www.goldencarers.com/40-gift-ideas-for-the-elderly/4578/

Also suggest that grandchild and rob them pictures or make them cards to brighten up their room
They can mail these cards so no coronavirus is on them
Again thank you for all you do

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