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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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use.
Activities for October

The word October comes from the Latin, octo, meaning eight. October was the eighth
month of the early Roman calendar. You can have activities based on the number eight.
A game that comes to mind is the card game called, “Crazy Eights”. It is an easy fun
game to play with at least two people, but a small group is better. For directions on how
to play “Crazy Eights” go to
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2011/08/playing-crazy-
eightsa-fun-activity-for.html

I know they sell special decks of cards for “Crazy Eights”, but you can easily use a
regular deck of playing cards.

You can also play a game with two dice. If you roll an eight, you can give a special prize,
a chip or anything you want to give out. If you are using chips, you can see who has the
most chips after a certain period of time. Thus this game can be a filler activity or you
can make it a main activity. You could also play this activity in August because that is
now the eighth month of the year. Actually the game is appropriate for any time.
If you want to relate the game to the Roman calendar, you can have a discussion about
Roman history. For more information about Roman history, go to
http://activitiesdirector.
blogspot.com/2011/08/roman-history-facts.html

For more information about the Roman calendar, go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.
com/2011/08/roman-calendar-facts.html

October 28th is Statue of Liberty Day. Here are some ideas to celebrate that day. You
can have a discussion about the statue of liberty. For more information about the statue
of liberty, go to
http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2011/08/statue-of-liberty.html

You could then have a trivia game after your discussion. Be sure to include a
discussion about how the audience members think that a person from another country
feels when he sees the statue of liberty for the first time.

Be sure to ask who has been to New York and who has seen the statue of liberty.
You can also go to the library and find books with pictures of the statue of liberty.

You may want to play the statue game. That is have your audience members do some
kind of exercise or movement. Then tell them at a designated signal, you want everyone
to turn into a statue. Tell them they must stop moving immediately after, they hear or
see the designated signal. You can play this like an elimination game giving a small
prize to the best statue or you can give everyone a prize.

You may want to make crowns for everyone to wear when you talk about the statue of
liberty. You could make this activity an art project where the participants can decorate a
crown and then wear it when you have the discussion about the statue of liberty.
You can have an armchair travel activity to New York. For arm chair travel ideas, go to
http://www.theactivitydirectorsoffice.com/susan_berg-Archive200810.html
For facts about New York, go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.com/2011/08/i-love-new-
york.html

Another activity is related to this is talking about freedom. Freedom and patriotism are
so meaningful to most elders. Discuss what it means to be free. Of course thank all
your veterans and others who lived during war time for what they did to keep freedom
alive in this country. Of course include singing of some patriotic songs especially the
song”America”. You can recite the words to your audience and emphasize the last line,”
Let freedom ring”.

I know “Statue of Liberty Day” is close to Halloween so you may want to celebrate it early
or late.

October does have some unique things to celebrate and activities about them which
should add a nice touch to your activity calendar.