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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 13th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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Susan 13th Dec 2019 Activity Director

14 tips for communicating with people who have hearing loss

Thanks Jim for your tips this is great information and very valuable
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

Colouring-in for December

Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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You can use the Calendar program on Golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/comments/24058/
If you want to display a big calendar why not do a weekly calendar, then the activities will be big enough for the residents to read
And alternant to this is to copy portions of the calendar using the enlargement aspect of the copier
You can also have a display whiteboard which you can write the name of the activities on
All of these options are somewhat time-consuming
You will have to decide which one works best for you
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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Also those who need one to one activities are those who are bedridden or otherwise cannot participate in group activities
If you have enough staff and volunteers then visit people who choose not to come to activities
Here are some ideas on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/one-on-one/
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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I think page 8 of this is just what you’re looking for
https://www.goldencarers.com/pdf/4405/
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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I think Amazon has a golf game that might be appropriate
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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Kristine you are on the right track
Using hand movements and gestures help
You can also learn some positive words or the language she is speaking
You can also assume that she is answering your question and answer back in English
If this fails do an activity that does not require language such as
https://www.goldencarers.com/aphasia-activity-ideas-for-activity-coordinators/5406/
Or
Cue cards
https://www.goldencarers.com/cue-cards-for-dementia-care/4744/
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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Hi Andrea
I do not know of a course that certifies you in child representative therapy but this article could help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/doll-therapy-and-dementia/4319/
I am not sure why you want to know this but this article is very good
Susan 12th Dec 2019 Activity Director

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This article should help you
https://www.goldencarers.com/monthly-activity-attendance/3247/
Or you can use the tool kit on golden Carers
https://toolkit.goldencarers.com/
Help