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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 22nd Nov 2020 Activity Director

How to Plan for the Festive Season in the Midst of the Pandemic

Hi Jill
We always had a resident choir
They performed four times a year
They did perform around Christmas time
Then we had a performance for international iWe are family day
After that we had a performance and celebrated Mother’s Day
Then we celebrated grandparents day
The residents performed a variety of songs for each holiday we also had a party to honor the staff residents and their families
Susan 21st Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Sounds like a good idea Milena
Susan 21st Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Wow Jean
It sounds like a great idea I’m glad I could inspire you to do this
Susan 20th Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Robin
I used quarters as prizes also
You are right the residents love them
Now with Covid do you clean the quarters before you distribute them??
Thanks for your info
Susan 20th Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Sandy
Have you seen these things
https://www.goldencarers.com/sample-activities-calendars/3881/
https://www.goldencarers.com/free-activity-calendar-for-seniors/4857/
This is pretty self-explanatory watch the video if you have questions please ask them
Also you can use the tool kit

https://toolkit.goldencarers.com/plans/
Which is free to members
Let me know if you have any specific questions on how to use any of these


Susan 20th Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Thanks for the clarification Sally
Here are some other ideas
An art room
Where are you could make or collect pictures to display and other objects that you might want to use which could be handmade or found
A children’s toy or playroom where are you could get or make children’s toys to display
A music room where are you could display old fashion record players either pictures or if you can get real ones you probably can buy some Inexpensive replicas or you could have a tape of residents singing
Let me know if you need more ideas
Susan 20th Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Thank you for this information Camellia
Susan 19th Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Hi Amy
I would like to help you
Do you need help making a Calendar
This may help https://www.goldencarers.com/dementia-program---weekly/3281/
Also the sample calendars should give you some ideas of what others have done

https://www.goldencarers.com/sample-activities-calendars/3881/
Let me know if you need more help





Susan 19th Nov 2020 Activity Director

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Hi again Kayla
This ornament sounds like it might be a good idea
https://www.goldencarers.com/christmas-ornament-keepsakes/6715/
You have some great ideas
Along the idea of a photo of three you could make a photo wreath
Perhaps you can help the resident make a wreath of statements that are saying why you and other staff members love them
You could do this using this linked garland or use the garland for something else. https://www.goldencarers.com/special-messages-on-paper-link-garlands/6066/

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