Susan Berg's Activity Ideas Galore
By Susan Berg, CDP, AD,  BS(COTA/L)
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Susan Berg
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Activities Director Blog
Alzheimers Ideas
About Susan

Susan Berg has been a
healthcare professional and
educator for over 20 years. She
is the, activity director, of
many years, at Hunt Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center in
Danvers. While there, she has
gained much dementia care
and activity experience and
knowledge. She has had
special training in dementia
care and dementia activities
through the Alzheimer’s
Association and other
educational forums. Berg is the
author of Adorable
Photographs of Our Baby-
Meaningful, Mind-Stimulating
Activities and More for the
Memory Challenged, Their
Loved Ones, and Involved
Professionals, a book for those
with dementia and an
excellent resource for
caregivers and healthcare
professionals.
FEATURING TONS OF CRAFT AND BULLETIN BOARD SUPPLIES
LOW IMPACT EXERCISE SYSTEM DESIGNED WITH SENIORS IN MIND
Take a look
at Susan's book
Flash Cards are
available  to use
with Susan's Book
Note:  They can also be
used without the book
and are ideal for group
use.
In June, it is a joy to run activities.

Start with the reading of Casey at the Bat because June 1 is Casey at the Bat Day. Most
residents with dementia as well as many others in long term care love to listen to this
poem. In fact my staff members read it all baseball season long.

Go to
http://dementia.today.com/2009/04/13/casey-at-the-bat/ for the poem.

Go to
http://alzact.today.com/2009/04/13/casey-at-the-bat-day/  for a game you might
want to play with your particular audience.

Here are some other ideas. Review the activities for Baseball Day Go here
http://alzact.
today.com/2009/02/23/baseball-day/ to review them.

You can also discuss the history of baseball and some famous baseball legends.
Here is some useful information about baseball legends
http://xroads.virginia.
edu/~UG02/yeung/Baberuth/change.html

A famous person you must recognize in June is Judy Garland. Her birthday is June 10.
Here are some discussion items to talk about with a group or individual. Go to
http:
//www.alzheimersideas.com/page28.html

Judy Garland’s music is also grand. Many of your residents will know songs she made
famous. Make sure to have some of her music CDs on hand also. You can buy a few
CDs for your library, download some mp3 tunes or borrow a few CDs from the library.

Of course, Judy Garland was in some movie favorites of many. Make sure you have
some of her movies on hand to watch during down times. Again you can buy a few, rent
them or get a few from the library.

For a list of Judy Garland movies and songs go to
http://dementiaviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/people-with-dementia-love-judy-garland.
html

Next on the list of must do things in June is to recognize the CNAs that work at your
facility. As with the nurses, showing appreciation for the CNAs goes a long way in
getting cooperation and team work. This makes for good will between the CNAs and
activity staff. Staff harmony is ultimately better for the residents you serve.

I again have designed simple card the residents can give to the CNAs. I post flyers
around the facility as well

For a nice flyer you can display, go to
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2009/05/plan-
to-honor-cnas.html

There are usually less men than women in a facility. However you can still honor these
men by having a celebration where you can honor the men and have fun as well.

We always have a Tie One On party. I am sure that has peaked your interest. A Tie One
On party, is a party where everyone wears a tie. I start in May asking for donations of old
ties.

Another option is to have the residents create their own ties. Yet another idea would be
to have a family member bring in a tie for his loved one. Any of these or a combination is
satisfactory.

The day of the party, we ask the residents to pick a tie to wear or to wear the tie they
made or to wear the tie that was brought in especially for them.

I invite the staff to wear crazy ties on party day as well.

Before the party, residents can make create invitations to distribute or posters
reminding everyone about the party.

At the party, the first order of business is to give out prizes. I give anyone who wears a
tie, a prize. They can be anything you want.

I make up about 50 categories from the most colorful, to the craziest and anything in
between. In fact, thinking of prize categories can be a mini activity. Sometimes I get
some great ideas from this type of discussion. Anyway, as I am giving out the prizes, I
am extremely complimentary to the recipients.

Then we have some sort of treat to eat which you can buy, ask the kitchen to make, or a
combination. Perhaps some of the residents can add a few things to the goodies for
the party. They could add something as simple as sprinkles or frosting.

We always have a great time. Everyone feels good when they leave the party. I am a big
proponent of compliment, compliment, compliment. There is no harm in doing this.
However the rewards are great.

Making people feel good is what it is all about.

I do hope I have given you some food for thought.