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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 7th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Coronavirus: 18 Activities for Dementia Care

Perhaps Liz will reply when she has a chance but what this means to me is that the chair arm is not facing the wall and the chair back is not facing the wall but the chair is sort of halfway between both
Try this out
Thank you Liz
Susan 7th Apr 2020 Activity Director

50 Activities for the Elderly in Lockdown and Isolation

Thank you Kelly for sharing
Good luck and good health to you
Susan 7th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Thank you for the information
Vicci
Another option is to make your own templates on Microsoft word or a similar program
If you need help with that let me know
Thanks again
Vicci
Susan 6th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Coronavirus: 18 Activities for Dementia Care

Liz I am hoping you can help Theresa out
Thanks
Again what a great idea
Susan 6th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Easter Quiz

You can always adapt the question to make it easier for the residents
Before you start asking The questions go over them first or just do a few at a time
Susan 6th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Johanna
Perhaps you can try these activities that were suggested to Wendy
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/11617/
Or this
article

https://www.goldencarers.com/10-spiritual-activities-for-people-with-alzheimers-disease/4271/

Or these Easter quizzes

https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=Religious%20Quiz&stp=1
Let us know how this turned out for you

Susan 6th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Hilma
You must be a great nurse as evidenced by your concern
However sometimes no matter what it try You could not solve the problem fully
All you can do is try your best
From what I know about somataform disorder it is not an easy diagnosis to make and there may be psychological implications to it
I assume you talked to her family about her condition
We had a resident who had problem behaviors
No matter what we tried we were not successful fully
We tried to accommodate her as best we could
I do not have CBD oil will help
Will your facility even allowed to be used??
Good luck and let us know what happens
Susan 6th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Forum

What a great idea Marcia
Perhaps you could hand out papers with a sept it and blank spaces under the septic name and see what they residents come up with
It won’t be the same but you could call it individual wheel of fortune
You could also hand out papers and call each resident on the phone and have him guess a letter
If he gets the correct letter tell him what space to put it in on his paper
If not have him write it below the spaces in an area that says no
Thus he knows which letter not to guess again
Now call the next person and tell him which letter the previous person guessed and whether it was in the word or not and if it was where in the word it was
Keep calling different residents until the
word is guessed
You could involve family members volunteers and staff members in this as well helping you to call residents
What do you think of this idea??
Thanks again for your input
Susan 5th Apr 2020 Activity Director

Handout: Things To Do in Self-Isolation

This is a great handout
Very useful
Thanks for sharing
Help