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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 6th Mar 2020 Activity Director

AFL Bingo

Great bingo game
Susan 6th Mar 2020 Activity Director

AFL Team Emblems

Hi Celine
I am not familiar with football teams in your area
However you can make your own game but without symbols
Create a 5 x 5 grid and randomly put in the names of the teams
Make several different card depending on how many people you think will play
Then put one name on a small piece of paper for each team and you can pick these names as you play the game
Otherwise why not ask this question at the Golden Carers Facebook group

https://www.goldencarers.com/activities-for-seniors-facebook-group/4782/

Susan 6th Mar 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Have you been to this facility??
Are they willing to share any information about the residents??
I have been to several facilities where their activity department was a mess and I had to start from scratch
The first thing I did was to come in before I actually started and talked to some of the residents
Are they willing to let you do that??
Have you worked in another facility??

If the answer to all that is it no then here are some sample calendars
https://www.goldencarers.com/sample-activities-calendars/3881/
If you have any specific questions please let me know
Emphasize in the interview that you need to know the residents and their likes and dislikes and abilities
You may want to talk about how you would get me reluctant residents to participate
Here is an article about that

https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-get-reluctant-residents-to-attend-activities/5980/

Good luck to you if I don’t hear from you before your interview

Susan 5th Mar 2020 Activity Director

Forum

https://www.goldencarers.com/sensory-boxes-other-ideas-to-stimulate-the-senses/4380/
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/7509/
I think these articles will help you with themed fiddle boxes
Kirandeep
If you need more ideas let me know
Susan 4th Mar 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Brenda I hope you were able to read my last comment because I made many great suggestions to you
Susan 4th Mar 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Katie
Your ideas sound greatYou could also have some kind of a party featuring mocktails
You could also have a cooking activity featuring items to drink such as
https://www.goldencarers.com/8-hot-and-cold-drinks-to-share-in-good-company/4925/
Susan 4th Mar 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Katie
Your ideas sound greatYou could also have some kind of a party featuring mocktails
You could also have a cooking activity featuring items to drink such as
https://www.goldencarers.com/8-hot-and-cold-drinks-to-share-in-good-company/4925/
Susan 4th Mar 2020 Activity Director

This Day in History for Seniors: February

Brenda
This site can be used in many ways
Do you need make a monthly activity calendar??
Do you need ideas for your calendar are??
Do you need to find out what your residents like to do??
Do you need to use the tool kit to track the participation of the residents along with the calendar??
Here are some links that might help you
https://toolkit.goldencarers.com/
https://www.goldencarers.com/free-activity-calendar-for-seniors/4857/

https://www.goldencarers.com/sample-activities-calendars/3881/
Do you need help on how to use these please let me know If you do??

Susan 4th Mar 2020 Activity Director

Sensory Lap Quilt

Thank you for sharing this Kathryn
Help