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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 21st Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Hi my experience with those who have early onset Alzheimer’s is that they had pretty good physical function but mentally they were not that good so I guess every group is different
Here is a link to cognitive programs that might work for you
https://www.goldencarers.com/13-fun-brain-activities-for-seniors/4910/

You may be able to adapt and modify this exercise program to meet the needs of your residents
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-run-group-exercise-sessions-for-the-elderly/5182/
Susan 19th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Thank you Molly
Susan 19th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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The link Molly provided is very useful
I hope we helped you with your decision Sue
Susan 19th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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You are lucky to Sharon
I think Alexa could be really helpful
Susan 19th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Great ideas Sheri thank you
Susan 19th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Great feedback ladies
Susan 18th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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I think you can do almost any activity in the morning as long as your residents like what do you are doing
Perhaps you can bring this up at an upcoming up resident Council meeting
You can suggest things like trivia word games and other games that are fun
I like math activities such an as the new one suggested this week
https://www.goldencarers.com/fun-and-lively-math-group-games-for-the-elderly/5845/
There are some other games that were suggested this week that you might be interested in as well
A good idea also is to have a morning tea or a morning coffee as suggested by these links on golden Carers

https://www.goldencarers.com/special-morning-tea---themed/5126/

https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/16101/
Susan 15th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Solange has a good idea if you do not want to have a corkboard you could tape instead of Velcro items to the board
I would print items on the computer to fit the board then I would ask the residents to put stickers on the printed paper to make them look attractive you could also paste decorations on the board that you choose
Another option would be to use posterboard
Can either print items and tape them to the board That are happening or write them by hand you could use both sides of the posterboard and use blank paper to put over or printed material To put over What is already written
This way you can reuse the poster board
You can use stickers or fancy notepads
have the resident who takes the magnets help make the board
This could backfire but you can give that a try and see what happens
Decorating the board and papers is a good activity for the residents
Susan 13th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Here are some other ideas that might want to try
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/6589/
Susan 12th Jun 2019 Activity Director

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Thank you Sharon for that information this may be helpful to Bev
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