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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 6th Jun 2020 Activity Director

Armchair Travel to France

Mary we are glad to have you as part of the golden Carers community
Feel free to share any activities that may work well for you
Thank you for all you do
Susan 6th Jun 2020 Activity Director

How to say Grandma and Grandpa in different languages

Thank you for your input Gwyneth
This will be helpful for grandparents day September
Susan 6th Jun 2020 Activity Director

Words Starting with AIR Quiz

Thank you for your activity Gwyneth
It sounds like you have a wonderful group for seniors
The fact that is run by volunteers is outstanding
I know you like face to face interaction but I hope you have called some of your clients on the phone or perhaps you have sent them letters in the mail
I am sure these gestures would mean a lot to them
You can send Cards with large pictures and large print
Hopefully things will get back to normal soon
Thank you for all you do
Susan 4th Jun 2020 Activity Director

Word Search OCCUPATIONS

This will be a great word search for a residence to do around Labor Day
Susan 4th Jun 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Thank you for that information Jean
It is very helpful
Susan 4th Jun 2020 Activity Director

50 Activities for the Elderly in Lockdown and Isolation

Thank you for this Val
Susan 4th Jun 2020 Activity Director

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Read this article in the comments this may help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/person-centred-care/4225/
You may also want to ask this
question At the Golden Carers
Facebook group
https://www.goldencarers.com/activities-for-seniors-
facebook-group/4782/
And I made up my own training but I don’t have it any longer

In general think about a typical day for the activity assistant
What do you want them to be able to do??
Do you want to make sure they set up the activity before it actually starts and get as many residents as possible to participate
You also want them to clean up after the activity
They need to know about documentation
This article may I help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/the-importance-of-documentation-for-activity-directors/5577/
This article is mainly aimed at
Activity directors but some of the documentation is done by the activities staff
If you want to share the training you have come up with I am sure it would be helpful to you and others
Let us know how it goes
Thanks
Susan 4th Jun 2020 Activity Director

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https://www.goldencarers.com/person-centred-care/4225/
This article may help you
How many other activities people are there??
It would be nice for one to share Things with you
Observation is always good to see what others are doing especially those who are doing a good job

Learning more about the dementia will help you as well
https://www.goldencarers.com/dementia-program---weekly/3281/
Do you have a Calendar to follow?? Or do you have to come up with everything??

I am sure there is an activity assistant course in your area but you’ll have to do some research to find it if that is right do you want to do

You can also ask this question at the Facebook group for Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/activities-for-seniors-facebook-group/4782/
Susan 3rd Jun 2020 Activity Director

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Wow that sounds great Jean hopefully will continue
If Not you can reevaluate again
Thanks for sharing I wish you continued success
Susan 3rd Jun 2020 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Bronagh
Unfortunately this is very common in folks who have dementia who are starting to decline
Here are some ideas
have notes around his room or perhaps a card he can carry that gives him some details about it situation
For those who are wondering why they can’t go home you can always say the doctor wanted him to stay here for a little while
Tell him how much you enjoy his company and that he can be very helpful to you while he is at your facility
Perhaps you can give him some math tasks to do
here are some math games he might enjoy
https://www.goldencarers.com/search/#stq=math%20%20games&stp=1
I
Also so you might want to have him do some thing
related to money such as counting coins
https://www.goldencarers.com/money-counting/4137/
https://www.goldencarers.com/coin-tossing-competition/3468/
This article may be helpful to you also
https://www.goldencarers.com/psychosocial-interventions-for-dementia-care/5363/
Good luck and let us know what is working for you and him
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