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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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7 Activities

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Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

Melbourne Cup Horse

There are many ways to play horse racing games you can have the residents make horses and you can make a board for the horses to go around then they can throw the dice to see how many spaces they move you could have act obstacles to make it harder or it could just be easy

I have also done this using the floor as the track because we had tiles on the floor so each tile was one space I may have to move the horses if the residents cannot reach we don’t want anyone to fall
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

How to Get Reluctant Residents to Attend Activities

Thank you Margaret maybe you can tell us some ideas that work for you
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

Games for People Living with Dementia

Maybe you can get a tape player or an iPad or iPod and play music for her to listen to or maybe a story for her to listen to see if this helps
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Sensory stimulation is always a good idea you can have a group of residents sitting at the table but address each person individually and you could have things for people to do if they if you are not working with them
Such as coloring activities of daily living or work related activities such as folding towels or other things
Here are some ideas and goals and Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/sensory-stimulation-for-dementia-care/4184/

Music Is also a good idea
Here are some ideas on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-plan-music-activities-for-dementia-care/3192/
Susan 21st Aug 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Hi William
Music is always a good idea because it taps into so many parts of the brain make sure to address each person by name and ask them to sing you may have to sing right into their ear but they probably will respond here are some ideas on golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-plan-music-activities-for-dementia-care/3192/

Another good idea is sensory stimulation you can have people sit together in looks like a group but you do things with each person individually you can also put their favorite activity in front of them such as some thing to color some thing to sort some activities of daily living some work chores
Here are some ideas on on the golden Carers
https://www.goldencarers.com/sensory-stimulation-for-dementia-care/4184/
Susan 20th Aug 2019 Activity Director

Scarves on Handles - Exercise Activity

Thanks Leslie great idea
Susan 20th Aug 2019 Activity Director

10 Activities for Seniors Week

I’d like the idea of hiring an entertainer and I after like the idea of having an open house where you invite the public but you don’t have much time to do either one so you may have to improvise
Maybe someone from a local organization can come in to entertain perhaps you could invite members of a hospice group to come in and do something with the residents and staff
You could have a program where residents reminisce about important events in their life
Susan 18th Aug 2019 Activity Director

Bean Auction

The foam peanuts are a great option unless your residents think they are food and try to eat them
Susan 18th Aug 2019 Activity Director

Forum

This is an interesting perspective Elisa

It is nice to be able to provide many small groups for residents to engage in
However many places do not have enough staff to do this so larger groups are the better option
It is best to know your residents so that you can offer them the best option for them
There are just so many variables so it is best to know the situation and how to effectively engage most of the residents in the way they like to be involved
Susan 15th Aug 2019 Activity Director

Forum

Thank you Tina great ideas and a great schedule
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