Susan Berg's Activity Ideas Galore
By Susan Berg, CDP, AD,  BS(COTA/L)
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Susan Berg
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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.
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.
Celebrate Amazing Days

You could have a project during April hopefully continuing throughout the year. Call it
Keep(the name of your facility) Beautiful. While many of the residents can not pick up
after themselves, they can point out areas where they see excessive trash.

You can get the staff involved reminding them why it is important to keep the
environment at your facility clean.

The second point has to do with recycling and community gardens. Recycling may be a
new concept for some of your residents but you can share some information about
recycling. Many probably recycled things but did not give it a name. My grandmother was
an adult during the depression and she recycled everything. Many of your residents
probably did the same.

If you have the space at your facility, you can have a garden. In fact April is gardening
month. Half the fun of having a garden is planning it. You can reminisce about what your
residents grew in their gardens. They may even have some pointers on how to grow
things better.

You can start things from seeds or you can buy seedlings from your local garden shop.  
If you do not have the space or adequate sunlight outside, you can plant some herbs
inside with the help of a grow light, if necessary. For ideas on having a garden for those
with dementia go to
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2011/02/why-have-gaden-for-people-with-dementia
.html and
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2010/04/easy-plant-to-grow-with-those-who-have.ht
ml

April is Occupational Therapy Month. It is a great time to recognize the Occupational
Therapy team in your facility. It is also a great time to collaborate with them on activities.
They and you as well as all the staff should always be thinking about ways to maintain
the highest level of function in your residents. For more information about why
occupational therapy for the elderly is important go to
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6198194/why_the_elderly_need_occupational
_therapy.html?cat=5  and
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7723366/top_nursing_home_nicety_occupati
onal.html?cat=5

April is filled with a world of activity possibilities. Make sure to use some of these
suggestions.