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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 28th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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Here are some other ideas why not have higher functioning residents write a story that you then couldread to the group
For ideas you could get a large colorful picture and you could make statements about the picture and that the residents comment on what you are saying
You of course would have to write the story making additions as necessary
I am hoping to write an article as to how to do this in the future I would call it a picture is worth 1000 words
Another idea for writing a story is to take a song and write your story about it
The residents and I wrote a story from bicycle built for two
I am sure you are a creative soul
I always told the story about when I tried to learn how to ski
My attempt to ski was not successful but the story about but it was a great hit if you need further assistance please leave a comment
I hope this helps
Susan
Susan 28th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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I think the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" stories are the best. They are short and uplifting. You can even find some online.
Susan 27th Jun 2017 Activity Director

Optimal Activities - Marketing, Fundraising & Sourcing Free Resources

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Susan 27th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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Susan 27th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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Susan 24th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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Read this
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-start-a-leisure-lifestyle-program-for-aged-care/3844/
Cut and paste these ideas as well as some of your current activities that are not well attended and some ideas for new activities
As I said make the form visually appealing and easy to fill out
Help those who might have some deficits
Susan
Susan 24th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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I would talk to someone in therapy department
Perhaps this person has not been evaluated in a long time and need some therapy
If therapy has no suggestions ask nursing
As a last resort you can use a pillow on the affected side to help prop up person but as I said this is a last resort and ask permission to do this
I hope this helps
Susan
Susan 24th Jun 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Cherie
I would start by asking the residts at resident Council what they think of activities that you are doing now what they would like you to add and any other ideas they may have
You may also want to send a letter to family members or give them a form at a care plan meeting asking for their suggestions
To devise a form Think about the different types of activities that you do and think about what you do in each category
Then prepare and easy to follow easy to fill out large print form that you can give to resident and family members
Encourage residents and family members to fill out the forms
Be sure to give them enough time
Perhaps you can help some of those have difficulty writing or seeing
Then compile the results and see what you come up always good to have if certain residents complain about certain things you can I always show these forms
I will see if I can find a form online and get back to you later
I hope this helps
Susan
Susan 21st Jun 2017 Activity Director

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Hi Darlene
Start by contacting all the public schools in the area and ask if they're interested know maybe they can come once or twice
You could contact some nursery school sometime down children may come out
Next you can contact the churches they have youth group and they might be interested also
You could also contact scout groups they may want to come up because the children have to badges
You may start by doing A penpal activity or with this day and age you could do a Facebook or face time or Skype as long as you have a big screen TV that everyone could see
I hope this helps
Susan
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