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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 2018 Activity Director

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Residents love chocolate milkshakes
Does anyone have a simple recipe to make to celebrate this day in September?

Here are some other ideas to help celebrate the day
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-celebrate-chocolate-milkshake-day/5157/
Susan 22nd Aug 2018 Activity Director

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I don't know of any vets you could use but why not ask a family member to be the judge.Ask someone who does not have a dog in the show so there's no favoritism
This is a pretty big task for your first big group
Try having some musical entertainment because you can usually get a big group to come to that and it's not that much work on your part. may even be able to find a family member or someone from the community to volunteer
Susan 22nd Aug 2018 Activity Director

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I just wanted to let everyone know that Rosh Hashanah this year starts the evening of September 9 and in the evening of September 11

Go here for ways to celebrate the holiday
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-celebrate-rosh-hashanah-and-yom-kippur/5153/
Susan 21st Aug 2018 Activity Director

The Importance of Documentation for Activity Directors

Susan has submitted a new articles: The Importance of Documentation for Activity Directors
Susan 19th Aug 2018 Activity Director

Maths Quiz #1

You can change the problems to suit the needs of the your residents
Encourage all to do this because it's definitely cognitive stimulation
Susan 19th Aug 2018 Activity Director

Reminiscing: How to Create a Memory Board

Great idea Donna
Susan 17th Aug 2018 Activity Director

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Are you looking for one the residents can sing a long to, or do you want one they can just watch.
Musical Dvds are good such as Sound of Music. Look on Amazon or Ebay for more
Susan 16th Aug 2018 Activity Director

Reminiscing: How to Create a Memory Board

Good idea Jean
Susan 13th Aug 2018 Activity Director

Reminiscing: How to Create a Memory Board

This memory board is also good to decrease problem behaviors https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-decrease-problem-behaviors/5056/ because a resident can be brought to a quiet area with the board and a staff member before the behavior becomes problematic

Talking about the memory board will probably redirect and refocus the residents attention to what is on board and hopefully they will forget what upset them in the first place
Susan 12th Aug 2018 Activity Director

Reminiscing: How to Create a Memory Board

A board like this is especially helpful to those who have dementia. If it is in a residents room, it can start discussions with staff and visitors.
Remind all that you never ask a resident with dementia "Do you remember?"

Instead say "Tell me about"
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