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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.


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

29 Activities

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Susan 7th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Hi Melanie
You could have a separate section for each type of handout
Make sure you each section is brightly marked That gets the residents attention
You may want to have several books and keep them in a special place in the residents room so they can get them when they want
Maybe put them by the TV so they may do that instead of watching the TV
Susan 7th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Wow Pam
This sounds great
Maybe you can leave some thing for the sitter to do while you are at work
Keep up your good work
Susan 7th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Wow Abby
That sounds great
Thank you for sharing
Susan 7th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Hi Betty
I am not sure if these people have iPads or computers
If they do you could set up a zoom conference or a Skype call
You could also have a special Facebook group for them
If this is too much set up a teleconference
I am sure you can do one for free as long as the residents are able to use the phone
I had a group and we played bingo over the phone but there are many things you can do over the phone like trivia reminiscing etc
You could send these people cards and have them make simple cards to send other people
You could send them activities in the mail or have the caregiver bring them
Make sure they are Some thing that the clients could do
Susan 6th Oct 2020 Activity Director

In-House Ice Cream Truck

Hi Jill
Thanks for the picture
It looks great
Susan 6th Oct 2020 Activity Director

Giant Word Search & Crossword Puzzles

Hi Kathleen
Maybe you can tell her how you laminated it
I know I have gone to a store like Staples and had things laminated there
Susan 6th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Wow that is Leanne
You are very lucky that you can do this
Thank you for sharing
If you can send a picture of this that would be great
Susan 5th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Also good ideas Erica
Thank you
Susan 5th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Hi again Julie
First of all congratulations on joining this wonderful group
As you may have noticed there are many intelligent creative members here
I have some more ideas
You may want to use some ideas that you used for the Fourth of July to make your facility look patriotic
You may want to talk about patriotism and sing some patriotic songs
If you need more ideas let me know

Susan 5th Oct 2020 Activity Director


Hi Julie
It may be too late but any resident who is registered to vote please help them
After that you have to keep things neutral because this year especially the Democrats and Republicans are really at odds with each other
You could talk about past elections or past presidents
like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or if a president was born in your state