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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 17th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Kelly,
Here are a few ideas with links to tell you how to do them

https://www.goldencarers.com/safe-cheese-spreads-for-the-elderly/4448/ is for cheese spreads Some recipes are appropriate for Less Salt More Herbs Day celebrated on August 29 or anytime. I have another recipe if you are interested

This recipe may also be good https://www.goldencarers.com/milo-truffles/4155/ Take into consideration the resident's diets and food safety and infection control precautions, You may have to modify it a bit to fit your specific needs

You may want to have residents make milkshakes, You may be able to use this post
https://www.goldencarers.com/moo-mobile/4093/

Here is an easy recipe to make chocolate milkshakes http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2017/07/chocolate-milkshake-recipes.html
September 12 is Chocolate Milkshake Day in the US.
Along this line, you can also make ice cream floats by adding melted ice cream to soda

Here is a recipe you can adapt. You will have to boil the potatoes prior to the activity
https://www.goldencarers.com/indian-potato-dip/3807/ Let the residents mash their own potato with a fork. May be good for an agitated resident to do to keep him busy

Here is a recipe for beer hummus. You can buy hummus and have the residents add the beer https://www.goldencarers.com/beer-hummus/4262/

you may be able to modify this recipe. Precook and peel eggplant. Let each resident mash their eggplant. https://www.goldencarers.com/greek-eggplant-dip/3537/
Give them other ingredients to add. Do not be afraid to use garlic powder

Here is a drink you can make https://www.goldencarers.com/jamaican-punch-recipe-/3523/

Remember a large part of a cooking activity is discussing the ingredients, other recipes, and other appropriate reminiscing and trivia
Susan 14th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Barbara.
There is an article about 20 activities for the visually impaired
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?searchterm=visually+impaired+activities
If you join and need further assistance, you can get some other ideas as well.
I hope you will join us
Susan
Susan 14th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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To Margaret and others,
For some reason, I am having trouble opening and responding to your comment. I am glad you are using the ideas on Golden Carers. You can always use the search box to look for specific ideas

I do not know if your husband is receiving hospice care. To me, it seems like he would qualify. There is not only support for him,but also for you and your family.

You may want to try an online support group such as https://www.caring.com/support-groups/erd-end-renal-disease
or http://chaplainsonhand.org/cms/index.php
Susan 14th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Thank you Sheila I'm sure it means a lot to people when you come to visit
Susan 12th Jul 2017 Activity Director

Forgiveness Activities

A new article has been posted by Susan: Forgiveness Activities
Susan 12th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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These might be good https://www.goldencarers.com/coloring-for-international-day-of-peace/4820/
If those are not what you are looking for, try these http://www.coloring.ws/simple_shapes.htm
They are simple and not childlsh
Susan
Susan 11th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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This https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/talking-aged-care/celebrating-aged-care-week is what I found from the celebration from last year

perhaps they will be publishing soon about a theme for this year

BBQs, entertainment, ice cream socials, breakfasts, inviting the community in for a particular event would be good
Susan 11th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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What kind of a center do you have?
Susan 11th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Susan 10th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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It is so nice of you to volunteer
Trivia is always good especially complete the phrase
Here https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?searchterm=trivia is a link for many trivia activities
Reading a short story is also nice. Here https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?searchterm=short+stories is a link to some. Also ant Chichen Soup for the Soul stories are great
How about a sing a long. Even if you do not sing well, I am sure there is a resident or two does
Here https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?searchterm=sing+a+long is a link to some ideas
Also reminiscing is fun
Here https://www.goldencarers.com/search/?searchterm=reminiscing is a link
This should be a good start.
Let me know if you need more help
Susan
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