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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 27th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Carpet Bowls

Hi Michelle
I think this article will help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/carpet-bowls/3206/
To make it easier use a shorter carpet or less balls or bigger balls
Susan 26th Feb 2021 Activity Director

15 Activities for Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease

Hi Angie
Have you tried the activities listed here suggested by others or in the article??
Are you looking for a group activities or one to one activities??
Susan 26th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Newsletter Template - March 2021

Hi Patricia
Just download the sample version and edit it anyway you want
Are you unable to edit it??
Susan 26th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Kathy
Thank you for your suggestions
Susan 26th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Julie
I had several punching bags and they were always successful
They are good for getting out aggressions and for exercise
But also use it as part of an Olympic style activity with many games this being one of them

https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-host-an-olympic-games-theme-day/4794/


Susan 26th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Natalie look at all the posts on this thread you also may want to check the Out

https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-start-a-pen-pal-program-for-seniors/7016/

Susan 25th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Laura
You could adapt and modify the newsletters that are shared every month
Here is a blank newsletter template that you could use and put in why your facility would be a great place for residents
https://www.goldencarers.com/newsletter-template-1/3250/
We had monthly events where we invited the community to enjoy them with the residents
We had some great entertainers that everyone loved
We also did bingo by telephone to residents in the community who might benefit from nursing home care in the future
There are many activities you can share with the community
Susan 25th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Martin
I like the idea of getting in touch with nursery schools and other schools because the children may want to make cards of some type even if they are at home
Susan 25th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi Ellen
Thank you for your input
Susan 25th Feb 2021 Activity Director

Forum

Hi again Bernard
I hope somebody that needs a volunteer contacts you because it sounds like you could benefit many people
Thank you again for your offer
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