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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 7th Dec 2017 Activity Director

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I always had great luck with a playing card bingo game and a sing-along at night
I assume you're looking for Night activities
Susan 2nd Dec 2017 Activity Director

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I just wanted to remind everyone that not everyone celebrates Christmas so keep this in mind during the holiday season
Also for some residents this can be a very difficult time of year
Susan 2nd Dec 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Brian
I cannot speak to NSW
However in the United States the surveyors can be quite picky at times
One of my colleagues who had been working as an activity director for 20 years had great notes but one of her people was out sick and she did not get the support from the other staff so she got some deficiencies
Hang in there do what you're supposed to do and you should be fine
Susan 29th Nov 2017 Activity Director

Adapted Dreidel Game

This game is a lot of fun for Jewish and non-Jewish residents alike.
Susan 29th Nov 2017 Activity Director

Dice Games for the Elderly

For those who are visually impaired, buy or make large dice.

Use the idea in the comment section of this link
https://www.goldencarers.com/adapted-dreidel-game/5312/
Susan 29th Nov 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Heather,
Have you tried these?
https://www.goldencarers.com/20-activities-for-the-visually-impaired/4205/

My go to activity is a sing a long

Here is a link to a game I have played often http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2016/02/name-that-tune.html

You can also pair the visually impaired person with a person who has good eyesight
Susan 28th Nov 2017 Activity Director

Adapted Dreidel Game

You can use more than 20 coins if necessary
The Hebrew saying for A Grear Miracle Happened There is Nes Gadol Haya Sham'
You can use a box covered with white paper to play many games. You just have to put sayings , numbers, dots or directions on each side

You can make large die to use for multiple games
Susan 27th Nov 2017 Activity Director

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Here are some other ideas
Do an informal survey
Ask residents why they are not coming
Is it the food
Is that the drinks
Is it the activities provided
Has there been a decline in the residents condition
Depending on the results maybe you want to have cold drinks instead of hot maybe serve some different type of food maybe you want to have a cooking activity where the residents can eat what they make or you can demonstrate how to make something and have the residents eat it
Maybe you can have some kind of entertainment
Maybe you need to have less often
Susan
Susan 17th Nov 2017 Activity Director

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Brenda I had another thought
Have someone from the speech therapy department evaluate her because there may be something they can do
I seem to remember lemon flavored things possibly helping out but a therapist needs to be involved
Susan 16th Nov 2017 Activity Director

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I am wondering if she is not hurting herself or anyone else do you really have to do anything ?
The only thing I can think of is to give her a lollipop that is large but it might make a math could also give her a popsicle but I don't know of any adult items that they could keep in their mouth that would not be childlike
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