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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 8th May 2019 Activity Director

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I am glad so many people were able to help you thank you for your input
Susan 8th May 2019 Activity Director

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Thank you Gail what a great idea
Susan 8th May 2019 Activity Director

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You can also join the Golden Carers Facebook group and ask members of the group what they think and if any of them have a Facebook page or group for their facility https://www.facebook.com/groups/ActivitiesForSeniors/
Susan 7th May 2019 Activity Director

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I personally did not set up a Facebook account or page but our facility did it and the marketing people were the ones who set it up

We would announce events that are coming up and triumps that occurred at our facility

You have to be able to monitor comments from family members

Also I would make it private so you can post things to the public that you want to

When you set up the account you can add a picture of your facility
Susan 6th May 2019 Activity Director

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Great ideas. Sally, Rosina Cathy, Shari,
and Anna
I particularily like boxes of Kleenex
It seems like the residents never have enough Kleenex and I always need it.
Costume jewelry necklaces always seem to be a hit for the ladies
I think ties are nice for some of the man and you might be able to get some donated I always did
Thanks again everyone for your suggestions
Susan 5th May 2019 Activity Director

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Thanks Maureen I agree with you
Susan 1st May 2019 Activity Director

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What a wonderful suggestion Talita
Susan 1st May 2019 Activity Director

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Yes thanks for sharing and thanks for working hard for your residentsI know it's not easy
Have you tried starting an alcoholics anonymous group
If that is too much perhaps you can get a volunteer or two from the local group to come in to talk to some of your gentleman

What about simple drinking games that are fun like bunco
https://www.goldencarers.com/bunco-dice-game-for-seniors/5724/
Or left right center or
Pong
https://www.goldencarers.com/beer-pong-game/4032/
Of course you wouldn't serve beer but could serve non-alcoholic beer or make mixed drinks without alcohol
I always used to joke you can have VO and ginger without the VO
A Favorites drink is cranberry juice and ginger Ale

What about a spiritual group
You may be able to get people from your local church to run this or at least get volunteers from the church to visit with residents one-on-one

What about doing karaoke or just singing Favorites of the group

I realize these ideas aren't exactly what you had in mind but they may make you think of other things that are similar that you could use

Good luck and thank you for all you do
Susan 30th Apr 2019 Activity Director

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Thank you for sharing Susan
Your plans sound great
You must have the cooperation of all the staff which is needed to make this week successful
I did many things similar to what you are doing
I hope others will share and perhaps get some ideas from you
Thanks again
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