Susan Berg's Activity Ideas Galore
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
Celebrate May Days

It is the merry merry month of May, what activities can we share with our residents?

May is National Duckling Month. As you know ducklings are baby ducks. You can start
by having a discussion about ducks?  Go to http://activitiesdirector.blogspot.
com/2011/03/duck-facts-ideal-for-discussion.html   for some usable facts about ducks.

Then you can then talk about other baby animals. Go to
com/2011/03/animals-and-their-babies.html   for information about that.

Of course, there are human babies. These are the babies that most residents like the
best. People are hard wired to love babies. Even those with dementia respond to
babies. The best thing to do for this is to invite some babies in for a visit. The weather is
good. Most babies do not have colds or other infectious diseases that they can spread

When real babies are not available, showing pictures of babies is a great alternative. The book, Adorable
Photographs of Our Baby, is an extremely useful tool for this purpose. (You can insert your link here or use this
 ) The book also provides other valuable information that you will surely use.

Not only do your residents love babies but most like young children as well. Why not
invite some children and read the book, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.
Some of your residents may have read it to their children or grandchildren.

If none of the residents want to read the story to the youngsters, you, another staff
member or another volunteer can read it.

If you find this activity to be successful, you can find other classic stories to read to the
residents and children.

In fact an ideal time to do this is during National Nursing Home Week.

Besides reading a story, you might want to try some simple crafts with your residents
and invited children. Have a discussion about colors ducks can be. Then you can have
your participants make a collage with the colors mentioned. The group members can
cut specific shapes out of the colors mentioned or you can just use scraps of different
materials to make a collage.

html?cat=5  is an article about other color activities.

May is also salad month. There are many possibilities and ways to celebrate this. The
most obvious way is to make and eat a salad. There are just so many types of salads.
For a game about salads, go to

You know what they say, “Laughter is the best medicine”. In May there is a special day
that is sure to get the people you serve, laughing. The day I am talking about is Limerick
Day. It is on May 12. Limericks are short poems that are five lines long. There is a
special rhyming pattern that goes along with the writing of a limerick. For more
information about limericks go to

The last activity idea that I am going to talk about in this article has to do with Pet Week
which is the second week in May. People in long term care facilities like pets almost as
much as they like babies. Some may even like them more.

As I keep emphasizing many activity ideas can be used many times throughout the
year. I wrote about dog activities in an article from last January. If you do not remember
it, go to . The
ideas I talk about for dogs can apply to any pets.

You may want to invite some family members to bring in their pets during National
Nursing Home Week.

That wraps up my thoughts for May. I know you will be able to use some or all of these