September 25, 2017

resources for diversional therapists to use with groups...includes peer reviews

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

Doing things: a guide to programming activities for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders

Doing Things shows how to provide a positive environment for persons with Alzheimer's disease by offering opportunities for social interaction and constructive, enjoyable activities. 
Zgola outlines the ways in which a patient's functional impairment can be assessed; the strengths, weaknesses, and needs most commonly encountered among persons with Alzheimer's disease; and ways activities can be tailored to accommodate them. 
She offers step-by-step instructions for selecting and presenting appropriate activities and includes cooking and crafts projects, a sample exercise routine, and a sample daily schedule. 
The techniques she describes are designed to promote a sense of security and self-esteem, by avoiding possible sources of confusion or confrontation.
"This guide shows how to establish a positive environment for Alzheimer's patients by providing social interaction and productive activity, with an emphasis on treating patients with empathy, courtesy, and dignity."
"The book's greatest strength is that it serves as a source of dozens of ideas for meaningful activities for persons with dementia... This book should be required reading for the adult day-care staff with an interest in dementia. But this reviewer hopes the book will find a wider audience. Patient educators and counselors will find this a valuable reference and teaching guide; the book will be especially helpful to those counselors who work with families caring for persons with dementing illness. Families living with the day-to-day stress of caregiving will find hope in the book's optimism and viewed that we can strive to bring out the best in persons with dementia."

September 22, 2017

For those who want to better understand depression...

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read or listen to this on CD 

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations -- around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

Darkness visible : a memoir of madness
A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

Depression - the oldest cliches remain the truest. 

Time heals. 

The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. 

The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it

 ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free

Reasons to stay alive

What Does It mean To Feel Truly Alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. "I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."

Stephen Fry            
This short book that Haig has written is the best I have ever read on coping with depression. It is so RIGHT.

Defeat depression : 52 brilliant ideas for healing a troubled mine

.. average of 1 out of 18 people suffers from depression and yet most people don’t really understand what depression is or recognize many of the symptoms that accompany it. Those that admit to suffering from it very often feel ashamed. Those that have never suffered from it think it’s all a matter o ‘getting a grip’. Defeat depression is written by a psychiatrist who offers a full understanding of the condition and practical, tried and tested techniques to help overcome it. As a medical student, the author suffered from depression and ended up in hospital. Drawing on her first-hand experiences and her medical expertise, Dr  Dosani has put together 52 ideas, tips and strategies to help sufferers and their family and friends cope with this often difficult condition.Now updated in this second edition to include bonus chapters, Defeat depression is sympathetic, practical, pro-active and an empowering and positive tool for helping to heal a troubled mind.
Managing depression growing older : a guide for professionals and carers

Even when he's grey around the muzzle, the black dog of depression can still deliver a ferocious bite. Depression can strike at any age, and it may appear for the first time as we get older, as a result of life circumstances or our genetic makeup. While older people face the same kinds of mental health issues as younger people, they can find it more difficult to deal with them owing to the stressors which accumulate with age. There is also a high incidence of undiagnosed depression in older age, presenting extra challenges for carers.Managing Depression Growing Older offers a systematic guide to identifying depression in older people, supporting them at home or in an aged care setting, and the importance of diet, exercise and attitude in recovery. It is essential reading for anyone who works with the elderly.

Life is short ... wear your party pants : ten simple truths that lead to an amazing life

Loretta LaRoche has helped millions of people find ways to lighten up and overcome stress. Now, in Life Is Short—Wear Your Party Pants, she gives you the tools you need to not only reduce feelings of tension, but also to bring joy, passion, and gusto into your life. Her techniques are a brilliant blend of old-world common sense and the most contemporary research in brain chemistry, psychology, and mind-body studies. Loretta gives you dozens of proven techniques for recognizing the ten simple truths that will lead you to an intense, happy, successful life: resilience, living in the moment, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning, and connection.

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Title details for Ageing and Caring by Des O'Neill - Available

Ageing and Caring A Guide for Later Life

by Des O'Neill


Although it is something that affects all of us, directly or indirectly, ageing can all too often be perceived negatively. Ageing and Caring is an essential, positive guide for older people, their carers and their families. It seeks to outline not only the challenges that can arise from ageing but also how active and rewarding life can continue to be in old age. From practical advice on remaining active in retirement, to guidance on coping with a loss of independence, Ageing and Caring provides advice on the complexities of ageing, covering an array of issues that older people and their carers may face: What you need to know about ageing — healthy ageing, managing your finances, and accessing health services Common health problems experienced by older people, such as diabetes; sight, mobility and memory difficulties; and loneliness and depression The final years of life, such as moving into a nursing home, should it be required, and advance care planningAgeing and Caring underlines the importance of well-being in old age and offers practical advice on how to maintain a happy and fulfilling life, whatever the challenges. 

September 21, 2017

Dementia friendly communities and spaces

Staying in Life: Paving the Way to Dementia-Friendly Communities

We are constantly growing older, and there are an increasing number of elderly people living with dementia who are merely being taken care of. There is no question that we need alternatives to the established procedures. What can we do to create spaces where we can stay in life, rather than just staying alive? How can we turn the individual environments of people with and without dementia into places of human warmth? In Germany, initiatives attempting to answer these questions are on the rise. Committed individuals from politics, art, churches, and social and volunteer work are creatively working towards dementia-friendly communities. In this book, three authors intimately familiar with the topic explore initial movements, obstacles, and first attempts.

10 helpful hints for dementia design at home : practical design solutions for carers living at home with someone who has dementia 
It provides simple and practical design solutions to adapt the living environment for people with dementia so that they can live independently for as long as possible.
Covering topics such as lighting, interior d├ęcor, sound and use of assistive technology it gives advice on how these elements can be used to their best advantage in the homes of people living with dementia

or for much more detail:

Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings

 DVDs or books
book 1 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume one: Understanding the environment through aging senses
 Contents: 1. THE SENSES -- Sensory Stimulation -- 2. VISION -- How Vision Changes with Age -- What Staff Can Do-- Before Personal Care -- Keeping Residents Active -- What the Environment Can Do -- Lighting -- Ways to Improve Poor or Inadequate Lighting -- Color and Pattern -- Room Features -- 3. HEARING -- How Hearing Changes with Age -- What Staff Can Do -- Communication Techniques -- Socialization -- What the Environment Can Do -- Excess Noise -- Acoustical Treatments for Hard Surfaces -- 4. SMELL and TAST -- How Smell and Taste Change with Age -- What Staff Can Do -- Incorporating Positive Smells and Tastes -- Using Smells with Personal Meaning -- Minimizing Negative Smells -- What the Environment Can Do -- Reducing Negative Odors -- Using Positive Smells and Tastes as Room Cues -- Using Aromatherapy -- Planting Therapeutic Gardens -- 5. TOUCH -- How Touch Changes with Age -- What Staff Can Do -- Incorporating Touch into Therapeutic Activities -- When Touch Is Not Appropriate -- What the Environment Can Do -- Improving the Textural Environment -- Avoiding Abrasive Elements -- Regulating Temperature.

book 2 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume two: maximizing cognitive and functional abilities
Contents -- 1. WHAT ARE FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES?-- Functional Abilities in Older People -- A Myth About Aging -- When Functional Abilities Become a Problem at Home -- Moving into Long-Term Care Facilities -- What is Excess Disability? -- Functional Abilities in Older People with Dementia -- Physical Factors -- Cognitive Factors -- Social Factors -- Environmental Factors -- Assessment as a Multidimensional Process -- Assessment of Physical Factors -- Assessment of Cognitive Factors -- Assessment of Social Factors -- Assessment of Environmental Factors -- 2. ORIENTATION -- What Staff Can Do -- Orientation to Time -- Orientation to Place -- Reality Orientation Versus Validation -- What the Environment Can Do -- Spatial Adjacencies -- Cueing -- Rooms -- Where to Find Products -- 3. Mobility -- Mobility in Older People -- Psychological Issues -- Physiological Issues -- Falls -- Mobility in Older People with Dementia -- Apraxia -- Risk of Falling in Residents with Dementia Restraints -- Risk of Falls in Residents with Dementia Restraints -- What Staff Can Do -- Contributors to Resident Falls -- When Mobility Becomes Significantly Impaired -- The Truth About Restraints -- Mobility Aids -- Exercise to Promote and Maintain Physical Conditioning -- Difference Staff Can Make in Successful Rehabilitation -- What the Environment Can Do -- Environmental Aspects that Support Mobility -- Improving Mobility in Specific Areas -- Flooring -- Furniture -- Handrails -- Communication Devices -- Residents’ Rooms and Public Areas -- Where to Find Products -- 4. CONTINENCE -- Incontinence as a Part of Normal Aging -- Incontinence Compounded by Dementia -- Changes in a Resident’s Continence -- What Staff Can Do -- Interventions -- Reducing Embarrassment When Assistance Is Needed -- What the Environment Can Do -- Finding the Bathroom  -- Finding the Toilet -- Transferring to and from the Toilet -- Where to Find Products -- 5. EATING -- How Eating Changes with Age -- Social Issues -- Physical Issues -- How Dementia Affects the Experience of Eating -- Memory Problems -- Problems with Chewing and Swallowing -- When Residents Are No Longer Able to Eat -- What Staff Can Do -- Reasons that Residents May Reject Food -- Creating a Therapeutic Setting for Dining -- Administrative Support -- Interventions to Improve Eating -- What the Environment Can Do -- Finding the Dining Room -- Minimizing Excess Disability -- Where to Find Products -- 6. DRESSING -- When Older Adults Have Trouble Dressing -- Physical Issues -- Difficulties of Dressing for Residents with Dementia -- What Staff Can Do -- Understanding Residents’ Feelings -- Taking a Therapeutic Approach -- Stages of Dressing -- How It Feels to Need Help Getting Dressed -- What the Environment Can Do -- Closet/Wardrobe Modification -- Recognizing the Contents of Closets --  
Closet and Room Lighting -- Grooming Center -- Where to Find Products -- 7. BATHING -- How Important is Bathing? -- Why Do Some Residents Dislike Bathing? -- How Often Should Residents Bathe? -- What Staff Can Do -- Undressing Residents -- Privacy -- Running Water -- Air and Water Temperatures -- What the Environment Can Do -- Using a Tub that Fits Residents’ Needs -- Privacy Issues -- Controlling Air and Water Temperatures -- Creating Pleasant Tub Rooms -- Where to Find Products.

book 3 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume three: minimizing disruptive behaviors
Contents : the senses and sensory stimulation – vision and changes with age ; lighting ; colours and patterns --   hearing – changes with age ; communication techniques ; socialization ; excess noise – smell and taste – changes with age ; incorporating positive smells and tastes ; minimizing negative smells – room cues and aromatherapy --  touch—abilities – orientation – mobility continence – eating –dressing – bathing – what is a disruptive behaviour – wandering – attempting to leave – rummaging and hoarding – combative behaviours --  socially inappropriate behaviours – overview of home based philosophy of care – personalization --  roles and activities --  privacy --  autonomy and control --  residential design

book 4 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume four: enhancing identity and sense of home
How do the physical and caregiving environments of a long-term care facility influence the functioning of its residents with dementia? Viewers will learn to appreciate the sometimes insurmountable challenges presented by typical residential facilities when residents have to navigate daily activities with a host of age-related cognitive and sensory deficits. Deteriorating abilities to maintain independence are a hallmark of dementia, but they needn’t lead directly to helplessness. With simple changes to the environment, facility staff can maximize functional independence and minimize excess disabilities. Here is a step-by-step process for identifying barriers and finding respectful, supportive solutions. Through individual profiles of residents, viewers learn to apply this sensible problem-solving method to some of the common challenges presented by toileting, dressing, and mealtime activities in long-term care facilities. The reward for this approach is an enhanced quality of life for residents and staff alike.

or to borrow right now on eBook 
You can download the digital resources 24-hours a day, 7-days a week from anywhere! And there’s also no postage costs.

This new service, is free library members, . You can now borrow popular digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting the e-library at: and entering your login.

if you need help getting started please email the Library on

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