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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

29 Activities


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Susan 28th Jan 2022 Activity Director

The Benefits of Coloring-in for the Elderly

Hi again Nancy
That’s so lovely that you are such an advocate for your mother
I too have looked for contests and alike but could not find any
My suggestions are
Call the local library or Townhall and ask them
Call a museum in the area or ask at the Golden Carers Facebook group
https://www.goldencarers.com/activities-for-seniors-facebook-group/4782/
Susan 27th Jan 2022 Activity Director

How To Review Your Activity Calendar

Diane
Did you read the information I sent to Tamara
I think making these residents part of the volunteer team always worked for us.
Tell these residents that you are starting a volunteer program and you need their help
Have a list of things you need help with
Then see what they can do
If they follow through make sure to include them in the volunteer event
Give them a certificate and a small gift
Susan 27th Jan 2022 Activity Director

The Benefits of Coloring-in for the Elderly

Nancy
Thanks for the information
Susan 26th Jan 2022 Activity Director

Dice Bingo

Hi Linda
I think you can do whatever works best for your residents and your facility
Susan 26th Jan 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Wow Tracy
Thank You for the
Information
It should be most helpful
Susan 26th Jan 2022 Activity Director

Residents’ Rights Bingo

Hi Stephanie
The way I played the game was to use regular bingo cards and have the resident say a right after someone gets a regular bingo
A Person who says a right that has not been said before gets a prize
They can only get one prize per game and they cannot repeat a right that has been said
Of course you can modify how you give out prizes

Before I start the game we go over the resident rights
As I said if you want buy a game with cards that say the rights on the cards can buy them here
https://mightyrightspress.org/product/residents-rights-bingo/
If you want to make your own follow these instructions
https://myfreebingocards.com/bingo-card-generator/edit/f574q
I guess it depends on how often you want to use the cards
I used regular bingo cards beCause we didn’t play that often
Every situation and every facility is different
Susan 26th Jan 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Tmhw
Congratulations on your new role
You need to find out what the residents like to do and what they are capable of doing
look in their chart talk to them use observation
There is no sense having a calendar which people don’t like or can’t do
Most residents can do music activities because this taps into many parts of their brain
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search=Music+&search_tag=Activity
How many residents are there do you have staff and volunteers to help you
All important questions
Here are some sample calendars
https://www.goldencarers.com/sample-activities-calendars/3881/
If you need More help let me know with some more information
Susan 26th Jan 2022 Activity Director

Forum

Hey Kaimraj
Most places now hire who they can get
They most important thing is to get quality people and matter their gender or race
Here are some ideas for Black History Month
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?search_tag=Activity&search=Black%20History%20Month
Susan 25th Jan 2022 Activity Director

Alphabet Quiz #3

Gwyneth
Your quizzes are wonderful
Thanks
Help