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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

2210 Comments

Susan 10th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Dee
Here are some ideas
Get an entertainer
Have a raffle
Sell bake sale items
Play games
Have contests
Have face painting
Make simple crafts that those who come to the fair can take home
If you want any specifics on these let me know and I will elaborate more
Susan 9th Jul 2019 Activity Director

This Day In History For Seniors: August

Dana I’m glad your residence love this there are so many ways to use this information
Susan 9th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Forum

The first activity that comes to mind is 1:1 visits
The Carer providing this can adapt the activity to meet the needs of the resident
Here is a helpful form to use on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/one-on-one-visits/3246/
Here is another good article on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/tips-for-one-on-one-visits-with-seniors/3843/

The second activity that most can participate in is some kind of music activity
Here are some ideas on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-plan-music-activities-for-dementia-care/3192/
Next I would think about sensory stimulation
Here is an article about that on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/sensory-stimulation-for-dementia-care/4184/
You can do an activity that the resident used to enjoy with a facilitator to help them this person would do things that the resident cannot do anymore
Such as speak for the resident if he could not speak
https://www.goldencarers.com/aphasia-activity-ideas-for-activity-coordinators/5406/
There a good ideas from this article

Aromatherapy
https://www.goldencarers.com/getting-started-with-aromatherapy/3215/

horticulture
https://www.goldencarers.com/horticultural-therapy/3214/

You can use the ideas in these articles
As I said an individual facilitator may be necessary at any of the activities to help the residents enjoy them

You need to assess the needs of the person make the activities most meaningful

Susan 9th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Travel Bingo

Hawaii is a fun place to visit for an imagination vacation
Don’t forget to get some Leis

We always pretend to do the hula
Here are some other great ideas on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=hawaii&stp=1
Thank you Catalina
Susan 8th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Bucket of Bean Bags Game

Great ideas Amanda
Using beanbags is so versatile
As you explained they have good uses for physical and mental function
I am so happy you are enjoying this site there are certainly a lot of great ideas here
Thank you
Susan 7th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Are You Using Your Local Library Enough?

I have used the local library for many years and I would be lost without it
Also I find that they can find almost any book or other media-on any subject because they can do a nationwide search for you
They enjoy helping you and do whatever they can for you
Susan 7th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Sensory Pouches for Dementia Care

Agnieszka I am so glad you find this idea useful
As you explore golden Carers you’ll find many wonderful ideas
However if you have any questions make sure you share them because we have many activity professionals with many great ideas
Also if you’ve had ideas that worked especially well for you and you would like to share them with us we would love to hear about them
Thank you
Susan 7th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Thank you for the information Penny I am sure it will be helpful
Susan 6th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Famous Faces

If you need pictures of famous faces use these on golden Carers you may have to blow them up depending on the eye sight of your residents
https://www.goldencarers.com/pdf/5788/
Susan 6th Jul 2019 Activity Director

Forum

This sounds like a great idea Penny where did you get the grocery cart I can see people with dementia wanting to use it
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