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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 20th Sep 2017 Activity Director

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At the next meeting ask everyone there for suggestions On activities they think would be a good idea for what to do after the meeting
Sing-alongs are good
Trivia is always fun
You can have a game where teamwork is involved this way people can interact with each other which is always good
Susan 20th Sep 2017 Activity Director

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My advice is to ask them for suggestions. If they choose the activities that they like, they are more apt to do them.
The activities have to be appropriate. If they suggest activities that you feel are inappropriate, then give them a choice of two or three appropriate activities. See which one they like best.
Use their suggestions on the activity calendar.
Maybe you can use one or two of the caregiver's names as part of the activity suggestion.
Example
Mary's Happy Sing along
Trivia with Beth
Have a meeting with the caregivers to get their input
here is ahttps://www.goldencarers.com/what-to-include-in-a-staff-meeting/5106/n article I wrote about staff meetings
Use the parts of it you think are appropriate for you.
If this does not work, which I am pretty sure it will, talk about disciplinary action
Susan 13th Sep 2017 Activity Director

How to Run Group Exercise Sessions for the Elderly

I was always a big proponent of exercise.
After a time I like to vary the routine to keep it fresh.
Susan 13th Sep 2017 Activity Director

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I am not sure what a show day is.
Susan 13th Sep 2017 Activity Director

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I think it could work well in the right situation
Let us know what you think
Susan 11th Sep 2017 Activity Director

How to Run Group Exercise Sessions for the Elderly

Susan has submitted a new article: How To Run Group Exercise Sessions For The Elderly
Susan 11th Sep 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Tina
You have a lot of good ideas here that would work.
Tell the residents, you were given some suggestions as to what to do. Let them decide.
Allowing residents to have a say help them improve their quality of life.
Have you read this article https://www.goldencarers.com/creative-pursuits-that-improve-quality-of-life/5167/
Just as an aside. We had a Mass once every five months. Once a month, the other four months , we had a spiritual service with some members of the church.
These services were short so I used my suggestions after the Mass and services
Susan
Susan 4th Sep 2017 Activity Director

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I have the same question.
Things we used to do because the mass seemed to be very short, were to do the ABCs of what you are thankkful for, and or sing popular hymns such as: Jesus Lives You, In the Garden, The Old Rugged Cross Amazing Grace, This is the Day and Count Your Blessings.
Sometimes we would sing some hymns and when we got to Count Your Blessings, I would ask each participant what he id blessed with. If he could not think of anything, I would say something like You are blessed with a beautiful, family friends or a lovely smile.
I invited those who were good singers who knew most of the words up to the front to lead the group.
You can also read an uplifting story or discuss the meaning of a parable or psalm.
Susan 1st Sep 2017 Activity Director

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That is basically what I did you can keep track of each individual expense or just estimate and check it at the end of the month to see if you have extra then if you do buy some supplies
Susan 29th Aug 2017 Activity Director

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Here is some trivia
http://www.iabeef.org/Media/IABeef/Docs/hamburgertrivia.pdf

What about talking about toppings you have to put on the burger
Here are some
Ketchup
Mustard
The classic: go with Dijon, whole grain, brown, or good ol’ yellow ballpark mustard.
Tangy stuff
Next, you’re going to want a little zip: relish, sliced pickles, or spears running the length of the bun, Chicago-style, are all great. Sauerkraut is in this family too, as is its Korean cousin kimchi. Coleslaw is an unexpected riff that gives you a little crunch and a little cream, too.
Creamy things
Mayonnaise is a classic option, especially in other parts of the world, and if you’re feeling fancy you could flavor it with a bit of chipotle, wasabi, miso or sriracha first. Other great creamy toppings include avocado (mashed, sliced, diced), sour cream, or even a fried egg.
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