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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 Dec 2019 Activity Director

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This article may help you it talks about speakers and other things you can get for free
https://www.goldencarers.com/optimal-activities---marketing-fundraising-sourcing-free-resources/5105/
Susan 5th Dec 2019 Activity Director

Cress Heads

Thank you Sue and Rachel great ideas worth trying
Susan 5th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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I am not sure exactly what you mean but here is an article on how to write care plans in golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-write-a-care-plan/3249/
Susan 5th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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Laetitia
Thank you so much for your input hopefully my suggestions will help you to let me know if they do
Susan 4th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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This can be a tricky situation but there are ways to defuse bad behavior at an activity
Periodically I used to run a kindness group Often it was impromptu
I discuss what it means to be kind and maybe read some poems such as the ones on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/kindness-poems/3851/
Then I would ask for the residents for their input
Hopefully this will put residents in the right frame of mind
Remind residents that bingo is just a game and it’s meant for people to have fun
Tell them to remember that it’s not if you win or lose but how you play the game
You might add a kindness element to bingo where after someone gets a bingo anyone who says something kind to one other person gets a small prize
Limit this to a few residents after each game but include all the residents so that everyone gets a prize
You might also say that participating in bingo is a privilege and that if there are people Will exhibit Bad behavior they will not be able to play
Hopefully you won’t have to ban anybody from the game
Also make sure to separate the people who would usually get into arguments and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it


Another thought is that the person who is exhibiting poor behavior is sick or is coming down with something
UTIs Can bring on poor behavior in some people
I hope this helps
Susan 3rd Dec 2019 Activity Director

Who Am I? December Birthdays

This activity is good for reminiscing and for mental stimulation
Glad you like it
Thanks for sharing
Susan 1st Dec 2019 Activity Director

Spot the Differences #14

Glad these were a great addition to your activity program
Susan 28th Nov 2019 Activity Director

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You need to know what she likes and how you can adapt what she likes to her abilities
You can sing together even if she doesn’t know the words she can ham with you or just listen to music
You can read stories to her such as chicken soup for the soul stories because they are short and upbeat there are also other short stories here at Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/short-stories/
Make it as interactive as possible another words read a short portion of the story and then ask a yes or no question about what you just read
If she likes trivia you can ask a question and then give her a choice of two answers and let her pick the one she thinks is right
If she used to like word searches you can ask her
If she used to like word searches you can ask her to help you make one
Use a large grid and ask her what topic she wants to do the word search about
Again giving her a choice of two is a good idea
Then you can help her think of words giving her a choice of two if necessary
After you put the words in the red ask her about other letters that she wants to put in the grid
Giving her a choice of two again
When you are done you can make copies of the WORDsearch and distribute them to other residents
Here is an example of a grid you can use
https://www.goldencarers.com/blank-word-search-grid-for-residents/5160/
You could use a grid that has the spaces if necessary
Let me know if you need more ideas or further explanations
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