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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 23rd Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Here are some articles on how to write a care plan on golden Carers
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Susan 22nd Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Here are some fundraising ideas on golden Carers

https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=Fundraisers&stp=1

If you are a non-profit Organization you may be able to get more donations

Don’t be afraid to ask local merchants for donations
Susan 22nd Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Hi
I do not know any entertainers in your area but here are some ideas that are on golden Carers that you might be able to use
https://www.goldencarers.com/oktoberfest-party-ideas/3471/
Susan 22nd Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Thank you Jane
Susan 22nd Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Here are some more ideas
Per haps you And the staff can make one of these boxes for your wife
Bring pictures every time you visit
Do not ask do you remember but say tell me about
If she cannot you tell her about the picture
If she really presses you I’m wanting to go home tell her that the doctor said she has to stay there for a little while
Keep telling her that as long as she will accept it and tell her that she is safe where she is temporarily
Make sure you are upbeat and smiling even if you’re hurting inside
Also Join and a caregiver support
group
This will make you feel better and they may have some good ideas for you
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Hi William
The move may be upsetting to your wife at first
But she will forget why she is moving no matter how many times you tell her
Try to bring some familiar things from home to the new place and decorate her room similar to her room at home
The staff at the home will help her transition to her new living arrangement
Hopefully she can meet some people who are very friendly and coax her to enjoy activities
She may want you to visit but she may tell you she wants to go home so you may need to stay away for a while
Every person is different
Give her some time to adjust
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

Melbourne Cup Horse

There are many ways to play horse racing games you can have the residents make horses and you can make a board for the horses to go around then they can throw the dice to see how many spaces they move you could have act obstacles to make it harder or it could just be easy

I have also done this using the floor as the track because we had tiles on the floor so each tile was one space I may have to move the horses if the residents cannot reach we don’t want anyone to fall
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

How to Get Reluctant Residents to Attend Activities

Thank you Margaret maybe you can tell us some ideas that work for you
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

Games for People Living with Dementia

Maybe you can get a tape player or an iPad or iPod and play music for her to listen to or maybe a story for her to listen to see if this helps
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

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Sensory stimulation is always a good idea you can have a group of residents sitting at the table but address each person individually and you could have things for people to do if they if you are not working with them
Such as coloring activities of daily living or work related activities such as folding towels or other things
Here are some ideas and goals and Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/sensory-stimulation-for-dementia-care/4184/

Music Is also a good idea
Here are some ideas on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-plan-music-activities-for-dementia-care/3192/
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