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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 23rd Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Hi
We had several tablets we would let the residents use
I made up a sign up sheet which stated that they were responsible for keeping a tablet safe and working
As far as infection control goes, it depends on your facility what are their guidelines
How do they clean the TVs and other things in residents rooms
I would talk to the nursing director administrator and housekeeping manager
Susan 23rd Jul 2017 Activity Director

Hats & Headgear Game

This is a great activity for September because September is National Fall Hat Month and the fourth week in September is National Fall Hat Week.
Susan 21st Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Here are some ideas
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

No one ever thinks of hummus, but our residents really loved it
Susan
Susan 21st Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Sara
Here are some suggestions
Gift certificate to your beauty salon
A WORDsearch book
Several writing tools
Photo album
Pad of paper
Tissues
Susan
Susan 21st Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Do you have a senior center for older adults who live at home in the area??
Often they have an activity calendar and usually welcome those from care facilities

Sometimes just o bus trip is a nice idea, You can stop to see the sights from inside the bus or can get out briefly

Going to a garden center might be fun

Going out for ice cream or a drive through a restaurant is good if you do not want to get out of the van. Most everyone likes food

We went to a bowling alley during an off time. We told the owner we were coming, Thsy made special arrangements for us.
Susan 18th Jul 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Celia
I think this will help.
You can modify it to meet your needs
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-conduct-an-activities-survey/4835/
Susan
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

Forum

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
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