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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 Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Thanks Molly for these other articles they will be very helpful to Bernadette
Susan 20th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Unfortunately Heather is right in certain situations
You could see what else is out there
I know it is hard to change facilities because you have to learn the residents all over again but sometimes it is worth it if the new place is better than the old
I did work at one place for only 10 months and then I went to a different place and stayed there for 15 years
So sometimes there are better options out there you just have to look
Susan 20th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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I am glad
I know those self late stage dementia can be difficult
Hang in there
Susan 20th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Those are great ideas Kelly
Susan 20th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Wow Kellly
I can tell you do a great job the residents are lucky to have you
Carrying a notebook around is a great idea because I agree with you you can get inspiration in the strangest places I also have a notebook by my bed because it seems I have dreams about activities
One thing is that it is OK for residents to feel sad as you know feelings are the last thing to go
Having them feel happy is better
Another thing is instead of saying do you remember say tell me about about
Anyway great work keep it up
Susan 19th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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I agree with Solange it is worth a try
Susan 19th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Yes we have used Netflix
Susan 19th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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I think it would be helpful to know the area you are from because entertainers will only travel so far
Also there may be volunteers at a church or a senior center who are willing to entertain at a low rate
We had several that were quite good and that saves money on your budget but I am not from your area
There are other free sources of entertainment in this article
https://www.goldencarers.com/optimal-activities---marketing-fundraising-sourcing-free-resources/5105/
Susan 18th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Hi Russell
There are two great articles about abuse on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/calendar/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day-activities/180/
In addition you should do this in conjunction with the staff development person as well as the social worker or their equivalents
In the US the governing body for nursing homes and Medicare and Medicaid requires that long term care provide an education on the subject every year
One year we handed out pins that said speak out
And we talked to the residents about abuse
You have to be careful because some residents are not happy being in a facility and like to complain
I liked talking to the residents at a resident Council meeting and invite some staff to listen to what they have to say
Also we have had a big meeting with the residents and staff to educate both and to exchange some ideas
Susan 18th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Do not forget to say that the activities give the residents pleasure as evidenced by
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