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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

2344 Comments

Susan 28th Oct 2018 Activity Director

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Make sure you write all the things you've tried and the residents response and you are notes
Make sure you write in your care plan that you will continue to try different ideas and observe the responses to see what works best and then update it every three months changing things that need to be changed and Documenting the success or failure of each trial
This will hopefully satisfy the surveyors when you have your annual survey
Hopefully it will give more pleasure to this resident
Susan 27th Oct 2018 Activity Director

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I have heard of a grand pad but never used one it appears to be somewhat expensive but the best way to know is to try it

Make sure you were able to return it if it does not work

Here is a link to some information about it
https://www.grandpad.net/
Susan 24th Oct 2018 Activity Director

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You can find new trivia online or many triva ideas at Golden Carers

https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=New+trivia&stp=1
Susan 23rd Oct 2018 Activity Director

Create Your Own Sudoku!

Could you make a blank sudoku template so residents could make their own to share with others?

It is the same idea as a blank word search template
https://www.goldencarers.com/blank-word-search-grid-for-residents/5160/


A 3x3 template is good for those with dementia
Susan 23rd Oct 2018 Activity Director

Create Your Own Sudoku!

Wonderful brain stimulating activity
Susan 22nd Oct 2018 Activity Director

Hidden Equations Number Search #3

Great great great
Susan 20th Oct 2018 Activity Director

The Power of Touch in Senior Care

I think touch may help stimulate an elder's brain as well
Susan 19th Oct 2018 Activity Director

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Hi Melanie
We honored our veterans twice a year for both Veterans Day and memorial day
I invited a veteran or a group of veterans from the community to lead the celebration
Sometimes I even invited grade schoolers to witness the event and take part somehow
All the veteran shared their stories
And I opened it up to audience members who had family or friends that were in the military which included almost everybody
Everyone has a great story to tell
If I had grade schoolers there they would pass out a certificate thanking the veterans for their service
I also passed out certificates to the audience members for knowing someone in the service or for keeping the home fires burning
We then sang patriotic songs
The verterans from the community and I would visit veteran residents who were unable to
come to the group celebration
I would send pictures of the local newspaper that they printed most often
Susan 14th Oct 2018 Activity Director

Hidden Equations Number Search #2

I love these puzzles. I do not think you can find them anywhere else
Thank you Golden Carers
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