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By Susan Berg, CDP, AD,  BS(COTA/L)
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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.
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.
June is Jumpin'

June is jumping with activity opportunities. There are just so many days to celebrate
every month. If you look back at previous June activity endeavors I have written, you will
see different ways to celebrate different special days occurring in June. In fact that is
true for most every month.

Also it should be noted that most of the activities I suggest, can be used at other times
with minimal adaptations and modifications. I may sound like a broken record when I
say this, but it is true. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comment
section at or at http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com .

Let’s start of with “Donut Day” which is the first Friday in June. Most everyone loves
donuts and grew up eating them. The tasty celebration was created by the Salvation
Army as a way to honor the women who served donuts to the soldiers during World War
I.
These facts can open several discussions. First you can talk about donuts. Make
statements like.
  • “I wonder why people like donuts so much”
  • “I think donuts are round”
  • “I think people usually eat donuts for breakfast”

Any of these statements could start a discussion about donuts. Of course make sure to
serve donuts as part of the activity.

For some fun facts about donuts go to
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.
com/2011/04/donut-facts-for-donut-day.html

Then there is egg day which is June 3. This is another breakfast item that most
everyone eats. For activities about eggs go to  
http://www.associatedcontent.
com/article/7972507/all_about_eggs_an_activity_for_those.html?cat=5

Eggs and donuts are both breakfast foods. Thus you could have a discussion about
breakfast. You can talk about what should be included in a healthy breakfast. Then you
can make a simple breakfast or a breakfast food to share. For a sweet healthy treat go
to
http://www.associatedcontent.
com/article/1661752/a_quick_easy_healthy_and_sweet_treat.html?cat=70 or for a
sensory treat that can be served for breakfast, go to
http://www.associatedcontent.
com/article/7906401/making_apple_butter_a_sweet_sensory.html?cat=5

June 4 is Aesop’s fable day. Remember to read or have one of your higher functioning
residents read a fable. For one called “The Loin and the Mouse”, go to
http:
//activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2010/07/aesops-fable-lion-and-mouse.html

Aesop’s fables are good because they are short so you usually can keep everyone’s
attention. They are also good because there is a moral to the story. This can bring
ideas for a discussion group. You could have an Aesop’s fable story group where you
can read and discuss different Aesop’s fables.

June 18 is International Picnic Day

Celebrating International Picnic Day can be done in many enjoyable ways

There is also no reason that celebrating International Picnic Day requires a large or
complicated event. The day can be enjoyed simply. International Picnic Day lends itself
to a discussion of cold dishes such as salads, sandwiches, canapés, or homemade
drinks and, of course, desserts. You can make lists of any of these foods. Also you can
talk about different types of crackers, homemade dips, gourmet cheeses and pates, or
cold meats. You can also discuss recipes for any of the appropriate dishes.

You can talk about where you could have a picnic and what you might do at a picnic
besides eat.
Of course, you then could have an outdoor or indoor picnic.

June is also Rose Month. For ideas about how to celebrate this go to
http://www.
theactivitydirectorsoffice.com/susan_berg-Archive200902.html

As always your June activity calendar will be loaded with great activities if you use some
or all of these suggestions.