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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
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

Welcome to my March activity ideas. This month I am focusing on a holiday that is a
different date every year. It falls in either February or March. This year it is in March. As
with all my activity suggestions, the ideas presented can be modified for other days
throughout the year.  

The holiday I would like to focus on is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat
Tuesday. It is the celebration leading up to lent.. Traditionally, it is a time of feasting and
celebrations before the beginning of the upcoming sacrifices.

Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage The date can fall between
February 3 and March 9 depending on the Lunar calendar, used by the Catholic Church
to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.

The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. Purple represents justice.
Green stands for faith and gold or yellow stands for power.

With these things in mind here are a number of things you can do to celebrate Mardi

As with all other holidays you can have a discussion about Mardi Gras using the above
facts, For more facts go to

You can have a sing a long with party songs. I have suggested some songs to use at

You can have a Mardi Gras party.

As with other special parties, you can make invitations with some higher functioning