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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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7 Activities

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Susan 18th Mar 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Florence
Hi I’m not sure exactly what you mean
Do you want a number of activities for the residents to do independently??
Do you want an arts and crafts project they could do??
do you want a socially distance group activity?)
Do these residents have a connection to technology??
Would these residents like to do a telephone activity??
How long do you want this to last??
Do you want a long term project or things that could be done daily??
Do you have volunteers that could help facilitate an activity or activities??
Let me know so I could be of some help
Susan 18th Mar 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Tina
He might like exercise activities that exercise his brain as well as his body
https://www.goldencarers.com/trivia-with-exercise/4478/
He might like just physical exercise
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search_tag=Activity&search=Physical%20exercise
He might like mentally stimulating activities
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search=Mentally+stimulating+activities&search_tag=Activity
You know doubt will have to adapt and modify the activities to meet the needs of your person that you care for
It is best to ask him what he wants to do and give him a choice of two activities and let him pick one of them
Susan 17th Mar 2021 Activity Director

Big Picture Quiz

Hi Kim
I really like the pictures and they can be used for other things
It seems like the PowerPoint presentation is not working right
Thanks for sharing this great activity
Susan 17th Mar 2021 Activity Director

How to Use Conversation Cards to Connect Residents

Hi Natalie
Sounds like a great ideaThanks for sharing it
Susan 17th Mar 2021 Activity Director

St Patrick's Day Poster

Hi Jackie
Thank you for sharing and your kind words
Susan 17th Mar 2021 Activity Director

10 Sensory Activities for Men

Hi Angela
Thanks for sharing this information
It sounds like a lot of fun
Susan 17th Mar 2021 Activity Director

Client Assessment: Getting to know your Client

Hi Gracia
I am not sure what you’re asking
Are you talking about information that you give to a client??
Why do you have to ask yourself anything??
Susan 17th Mar 2021 Activity Director

Fill out the form please

Hi Mandy
These samples may help you
https://www.google.com/search?q=sample+form+for+a+person+to+fill+out&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS744US744&oq=sample+form+for+a+person+to+fill+out&aqs=chrome..69i57.747j0j7&hl=en-US&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8
You could download one in word and then modify it to meet your needs or just make one up that you want to use
You could even have an activity asking residents what they would put on an application and use their suggestions in making one
Susan 16th Mar 2021 Activity Director

This Day in History for Seniors: May

Hi Randall
Thank you for your kind words
This article may help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/15-virtual-activities-for-residents-in-isolation/6292/#leaveComment
This comment from Julie may also help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/profile/60398/
Mentor Susan United States7th Oct 2020 ACTIVITY DIRECTOR
Forum

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 16th Mar 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Susan
Thanks for the information
I’d like the Alexa idea
But I am really not that familiar with it and I don’t know if your facility Shantel can afford it
It is something to think about Shantel
Let us know how things are going Shantel
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