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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.


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

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Susan 30th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Coral
Unfortunately this is a common problem
I was always very good at getting people to go to activities
Have you read the articles I suggested before
What i found works the best is to tell them that their doctor wants them to go to the activity
Hopefully you can get the doctor to agree with you which he should
I find that asking people three times also helps specially if more people are off the floor
Also talk to their family about this perhaps you can get the families to come periodically and join them at the activity
Food is also a great motivator to get people to come to the activity
Most often serve the food at the end of the activity
Get other staff as your cheerleader for the activities especially if they have therapy because the therapist says that going to activities is good for them
Sadly some people just won’t come
Make sure they say they’re not bored because surveyors do not want to hear that word
Give them activities that they can do independently and maybe they can help you out
Complement complement complement is also very good
Perhaps your volunteers can help you out as well
Can you give me an example of one person who does not like to join in
Perhaps I can give you some strategies to help you out with this person
Make sure you mention what their interests are
Set a goal of attending one group activity per month and see if they can follow through
Sometimes religious volunteers can help them to go to activities
Hope to hear from you soon
It sounds like you are working hard
Another thing that works is to tell them your boss will get angry with you if you do not have them go to the activity
Also promised them a reward for going

Susan 29th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Diane
Great ideas
Thanks for the info
Susan 28th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Jean
Thanks for your feedback
Chocolate are a great idea as long as it is their dietary plan
Thanks again for sharing
Susan 28th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Gwyneth
Heather’s comment was from 2013
However Gemma commented on 26 November of this year
Thank you for your feedback
Susan 28th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Jill
Welcome to Golden Carers
It’s so nice to hear that you have discovered how wonderful the side is and how helpful it will be
If you have any favorite activities or any questions feel free to share them
Thanks again
Susan 28th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Anne
Welcome to Golden Carers
I see you have discovered how wonderful this site is
If you have any specific questions or need ideas for your activity packets feel free to ask
Thanks again for your kind words and hopefully the Covid crisis will be over soon
Susan 27th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi Heather
This sounds wonderful
Your residents are. very lucky
Susan 26th Nov 2020 Activity Director


That’s another good idea Diane
Thanks for sharing
Susan 26th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Wow Vicki
This sounds like a great idea
Let us know how it turns out
Maybe you can send this picture as well
Susan 26th Nov 2020 Activity Director


Hi again Amy
Sounds to me like you need a phone squad
Hopefully that staff volunteers and family members will help you
You need to have them call the residents every day to wish them holiday cheer maybe sing songs to them ask them trivia questions about Christmas etc.
I assume the residents phones are cleaned every day and the phone squad can call from an outside location
I think we are going to be having a vaccine in the US by mid December
Hopefully you will too
When this is over you can have a party for all the helped you

Can you have a volunteer squad have Christmas decorations that are mobile that they could display outside the facility
If they can do that then they could have a parade every displaying holiday decor