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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 7th Feb 2019 Activity Director

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There are some examples on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=Case+study&stp=1
Start with these but plug-in what applies to your residents
Also ask your boss what he wants
Susan 7th Feb 2019 Activity Director

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Here is some information on: Golden Carers that might be helpful
https://www.goldencarers.com/tips-for-one-on-one-visits-with-seniors/3843/
Susan 3rd Feb 2019 Activity Director

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Hi Jackie
It has been my experience that you have to tell people multiple times in multiple ways about upcoming activities and events

For family members you can mail a monthly newsletter and then follow up with at least one phone call before the activity especially if you want them to come
You could also try emailing them
I find that telling people just once doesn't usually work

For staff members tell them at morning meeting or when you see them on the unit just give them a friendly reminder you can also give them a copy of your calendar and circle really important events

For residents of course you give them the monthly calendar and possibly a weekly calendar
You can also give them invitations to events you want them to really come to
Make sure to announce the event or activity 15 minutes before it starts
Make sure to send a staff member to remind them and offer assistance to getting to the activity

I have written an article about getting reluctant residents to an activity be on the lookout for it
Susan 2nd Feb 2019 Activity Director

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Have you tried playing Bunco
Not really a board game but a lot of fun and easily adaptable
https://www.goldencarers.com/bunco-dice-game-for-seniors/5724/
Susan 2nd Feb 2019 Activity Director

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Susan 31st Jan 2019 Activity Director

Bunco Dice Game for Seniors

Susan
The way you play bunco is great also
I guess you have to play and then modify the game as necessary
I am sure the residents can help you with this
Susan 30th Jan 2019 Activity Director

Bunco Dice Game for Seniors

Trisha that is great
You do have to adapt the game so that all the residents can play I am glad that they really enjoy it I think it would be a great activity for many residents
Susan 26th Jan 2019 Activity Director

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Another fun day to celebrate in the US is Ground Hog's Day which is on February 2
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2019/01/ground-hogs-day-story.html is a link to a ground hog story.
Another great idea is to do a shadow activity. There are several on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/shadow-animals/4075/
https://www.goldencarers.com/match-the-shadows---mind-fitness/4151/
Susan 25th Jan 2019 Activity Director

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For those of us living in the US, February 5 is National Weather Persons' Day.
Who doesn't like to talk about the weather.
Here is a link to some information
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2019/01/weather-trivia.html

Here are some ideas on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=weather&stp=1
Susan 24th Jan 2019 Activity Director

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