Susan Berg's Activity Ideas Galore
By Susan Berg, CDP, AD,  BS(COTA/L)
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Susan Berg
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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.
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Delightful Bingo Activities for December

Bingo is a favorite game of many long term care residents. It just so happens that
December is National Bingo Month. With this in mind you can run an extra special bingo
game sometime in December.

You can give out big prizes, lots of prizes, play progressive bingo, invite the community
to join in on the fun or perhaps interest the reluctant resident in a game of bingo.

If you are interested in progressive bingo go to
http://alzact.today.com/2009/04/08/easter-activities-explored/ for an explanation of how I
play progressive bingo with long term care residents as well as some other ideas.

Besides playing bingo, you can talk about bingo and bingo trivia

Go here
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2009/10/bingo-and-dementia.html to learn
about the history of bingo

Go here
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2009/10/bingo-and-dementia-part-2.html  
to see some bingo trivia questions

You can also play different types of bingo
or have special bingo cards for Christmas and different holidays throughout the year
Go here
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2009/10/free-printable-bingo-cards.html
for a great bingo card creator

Here are some different types of bingo you can play.
As I said earlier, play Christmas bingo. Create bingo cards with Christmas or holiday
symbols using the suggested bingo card creator, or as an arts and crafts project, make
bingo cards using a blank bingo card grid and holiday stickers. Make sure the stickers
are easy to see and describe so the participants will know what you are taking about
when a particular item is called.

As an alternative, you can use circle stickers of different colors, and draw easy to color
symbols like candy canes, wreaths or stockings or a combination of both.

Besides Christmas or holiday bingo, you can use the bingo card generator to make
bingo cards for other holidays throughout the year.

You can use bingo as a brain boosting activity for some of your higher functioning
residents.
Math bingo where the residents have to add two numbers together or add one to the
number called, is a possibility. This will be confusing to folks with dementia especially if
you change the rules during the game.

For your lower functioning residents play color bingo. Make sure the colors have a great
deal of contrast for visually impaired participants.

Instead of having a five by five grid, have a two by two grid. This is easy and generates
lots of winners.
Everyone will love music bingo.

You can purchase a music bingo game or create your own. If you would like instructions
on how to do this visit this blog
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com and leave your
questions in the comment section.

Another idea is playing card bingo. I described how to play this here

Here are still more bingo ideas, bingo lottery, intercom bingo, and buddy bingo.

In the coming weeks I will be discussing how to play these bingo games at
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com  

Why not visit this blog often. Feel free to make suggestions or ask questions.

Yes bingo is a favorite of many nursing home residents. You can play it in December or
anytime throughout the year. I hope some of the ideas on how to modify the game will
be useful to you.