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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 14th Sep 2019 Activity Director

How to Celebrate Chocolate Milkshake Day

I am so glad this worked out for you and the residents had a great
time
Susan 13th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Who's Who in the Photo

Thanks for your input Judy
Susan 13th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Good name Jemma
Susan 12th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Wheel of Fortune or Hangman with Dice

Sounds like a great idea
Susan 11th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Good idea Rao
Susan 10th Sep 2019 Activity Director

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Susan 9th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Share your Poems

Thank you for sharing this
Take comfort in knowing your lady friend is in a better place
Susan 8th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Jane
I hope this is going to be an interactive presentation because you will get the best results and more residents paying attention if it is interactive
You need to decide on a date
You and the residents can make decorations
I would start the presentation by telling the residents what you’re going to be doing at the presentation it is my understanding that a harvest day festival is something like Thanksgiving so you can use this type of theme to make the presentation you can also talk about harvesting crops and farmers
Here are some ideas on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=Thanksgiving&stp=1

You may want to start with a non-sectarian non-religious prayer thanking everyone and giving thanks
I like to integrate music into a program so
Sing a welcome song
Then ask some residents what they are thankful for
After you talk to a few residents sing another song about harvest or Thanksgiving
Keep alternating a song and why residents are thankful for what they are thankful for
Then you can discuss food you eat at a harvest celebration
You can discuss farming and farmers related to harvesting
You can end the program by serving a harvest treat of your choice

You and some residents may want to make some invitations to this presentation so you can get everyone excited about it

Instead of singing songs with the group you could have a resident Choral Group
Decide on a list of eight or 10 songs in the choral group will sing
This could be an activity
The residents in the group well certainly want to come to presentation
I always allow anyone who wants to be in the choral group the day of the presentation even if they did not practice
I hope this helps
Let us know how the presentation goes thanks

Susan 4th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Good ideas Rose
Thank you
Susan 4th Sep 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Thanks so much for this information
You could also play the game with less dice to make it easier for people both get matches
How nice of you to have gotten a game for the residents
You could use the dice for so many other games
Here are some dice games on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/dice-games-for-the-elderly/5307/
https://www.goldencarers.com/cover-the-number---dice-game/5370/
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