December 04, 2016

issues that can affect your ability to be a carer ....

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When I say no, I feel guilty : how to cope -- using the skills of systematic assertive therapy
In addition to teaching you how to say "no" without feeling guilty, the author masterfully teaches you simple, powerful techniques for keeping your cool while you're under attack.
This book plays an important role in the set of cognitive, emotive, and behavioral skills taught by psychologists such as Albert Ellis and David Burns. While books such as "A New Guide to Rational Living" (Ellis) and "The Feeling Good Handbook" (Burns) contain tools that address a far wider range of problems, Smith's methods work far more rapidly, easily, and consistently for the challenges that this book addresses.

 Taking care of parents who didn't take care of you : making peace with aging parents
 Caregivers' stories: Eleanor's story:  Returning to help aging parents: surprise: denial: early signs of change: the call we can't refuse .. caring for children versus caring for parents : Estate issues: estate planning: family heirlooms: letting go
 Family issues: what kind of family did I grow up in?: family myths, family scripts: family roles..
Finding a new role: expectations: choices: priorities; being taken for granted: setting boundaries: dealing with our siblings: creating freedom :: who is saying what: getting siblings to help: caregiving from a distance: helping the primary caregiver : Taking care of the caregivers: burnout: self-pity: setting boundaries: finding a therapist: support groups; friends: physical responses to stress: exercise: letting off steam: nutrition: meditation: reclaiming caregivers' lives
*The Parents; Acceptance And Healing  Making peace: communicating : finding freedom: gratitude: letting ourselves off the hook: grieving: death and dying :Breaking the cycle

 Too nice for your own good : how to stop making 9 self-sabotaging mistakes
Being nice often means we take on too much, tell little lies, strive endlessly for perfection, and fall prey to other self-defeating behaviours.. Outlines the nine unconscious mistakes nice people make daily, and he shows how to correct them and avoid unnecessary stress with life-affirming actions. Learn how to:
-- Say "no" and save yourself from burnout
-- Tell others what you want, and actually receive it
-- Express anger in healing ways that maintain valued relationships
-- Respond effectively when irrationally criticized or attacked
-- Liberate your true self…


Controlling people
Does this sound like someone you know?
•Always needs to be right
•Tells you who you are and what you think
•Implies that you're wrong or inadequate when you don't agree
•Is threatened by people different from him- or herself
•Feels attacked when questioned
•Doesn't seem to really hear or see you
If any of the traits above sound familiar, help is on the way!..Tackles the "controlling personality," and reveals why and how these people try to run other people's lives..

Bouncing Back
provides a simple six-step Resilience Plan to build emotional strength that includes exercise, nutrition, rest, breathing well, creating peace and calm, learning to solve problems and determining new directions. It offers hope and solutions to people experiencing tough times and seeking greater fulfilment. 'We can all overcome adversity by reducing excessive despair,' says Brian Babington, 'and find our own answers by listening compassionately to our inner self. And in the process, the insights we gain from adversity can change us for the better, make us more resilient and lead us to a clearer sense of our life's purpose.'
Coping with grief

An ideal book to give immediately to bereaved people and those in touch with them. This book covers: What is normal grief; anniversaries and special dates; physical reactions; coping with the immediate needs of the bereaved; the funeral; preparatory grief; children and grief; gender differences in grief; bereavement and its possible consequences; sexuality and grief; the support team; self-help and community education.

December 02, 2016

new resources for for healthcare professionals

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Dementia care at a glance

A relatively short book to help you ....
Dementia Care at a Glance is the perfect companion for health and social care professionals, nurses, students as well as family members and voluntary workers needing information and guidance about dementia care. Taking a person-centred and interpersonal approach, each chapter outlines an aspect of the experience of living with dementia and the steps that the nurse or healthcare professional can take to support them.
Life Story Work with People with Dementia : Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary People

Introducing life story work, a way for people with dementia to connect with their relatives, carers and the professionals working with them. This evidence-based book explains the many benefits of life story work, with practical guidance for introducing it in a variety of settings. The authors show how life story work can empower people with dementia to inform care practitioners and family members what care and support they may need now and in the future, by taking into account their past and their future wishes and aspirations. The book includes practical information on how to get started, ethical considerations such as consent and confidentiality, and considers issues of diversity and how to address them. The voices of practitioners, researchers and family carers sit alongside those of people living with dementia to present a wide-range of perspectives on life story work

Enriched care planning for people with dementia : a good practice guide for delivering person-centred care
by May Hazel, Paul Edwards and Dawn Brooker
The correlation between `disengagement' and illness in people with dementia living in long-term care settings is becoming more widely recognised, and developing and adapting front-line staff responses to the changing needs of individuals is a crucial factor in addressing this problem. This book presents a complete practical framework for whole person assessment, care planning and review of persons with dementia or signs of dementia (including those with learning disabilities) who are in need of, or already receiving, health and/or social support. The book provides photocopiable assessment forms, guidelines for carrying out the assessment, and suggestions for tailored interventions based on the profile that emerges from the assessment process. The authors also include a clear explanation of the five theoretical components of dementia that are considered in the assessment: health, biography, personality, neurological impairment and social psychology. This good practice guide will provide a step up to the challenge of providing person centred care as a minimum standard rather than just an ideal. Care workers in residential settings and social workers assessing clients for their support requirements will find this an essential resource.

Reminiscence and life story work: a practice guide

Reminiscence is a valuable tool for the professional carer as well as those who are looking after a family member or friend. It enhances and enriches the care relationship, and benefits both the person being cared for and the carer.
This fully-updated fourth edition is full of practical information on planning and running successful reminiscence work. Topics covered include reminiscence with individuals and couples, inter-generational reminiscence, reminiscence with individuals from minority ethnic groups and reminiscence with people with sensory and learning disabilities, dementia, depression and terminal illness.

books that look at intimacy and companionship for the carer

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Jan's story : love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer's

"...Eventually, Petersen made a decision that is often privately made but rarely discussed. He felt his only chance of survival was to find new love..."

Barry Petersen, long-time CBS news correspondent, has an impressive list of endorsements for his book, including testimonies from Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Rosalynn Carter.

This is a love story with a controversial and important ending.

Petersen and his wife met and quickly fell passionately in love. Their marriage was enduring and happy as they shared his life as a traveling correspondent. Then came the diagnosis that would explain Jan’s changing behaviour. Beautiful, vivacious, smart Jan was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Eventually, Petersen made a decision that is often privately made but rarely discussed. He felt his only chance of survival was to find new love. He met a widow who had loved her spouse as much as he loved Jan. They became a couple, with the blessings of most of Jan’s family and friends.

A funny thing happened on the way to the nursing home: a different handbook for carers of dementia patients

This short, funny and sad book is a series of snapshots rather than a handbook as such. It describes, with a mixture of humour and pathos, some of the experiences of caring for a spouse with dementia, and in so doing imparts practical and useful advice. It is one person's view of how to manage an increasingly common problem, and explains why a sense of humour, and indeed a sense of the ridiculous, are very necessary attributes for surviving the caring process.
 The author's methods of managing his wife's difficult behaviour are excellent examples of lateral quick thinking. Dealing with an imagined visit from a duchess at 2 am, or the urgent need to plant a tree in the middle of the dining room floor, requires a good imagination and fast footwork - it contains some useful ideas for dealing with some of the more difficult behaviours associated with the dementing process.

Dementia and sexuality : the rose that never wilts

This book offers understanding and a positive attitude to care staff and relatives about the sometimes challenging sexual behaviour of people with dementia. It describes the possible causes and shows that, armed with this knowledge, a satisfactory outcome for all can often be achieved.
The author, Elaine White, has been consulted about sexual behaviour for many years, and is therefore able to include for the benefit of readers many true stories from her work. Dementia and sexuality makes the powerful point that how each of us perceives and responds to challenging sexual behaviour is very important. It asks readers to think deeply about their own attitudes as well as the behaviour of people with dementia....

The ethics of sex and Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s punishes not only its victims but also those married to them. This book analyses how Alzheimer’s is quietly transforming the way we think about love today. Without meaning to become rebels, many people who find themselves "married to Alzheimer’s" deflate the predominant notion of a conventional marriage. By falling in love again before their ill spouse dies, those married to Alzheimer’s come into conflict with central values of Western civilization – personal, sexual, familial, religious, and political. Those who wait sadly for a spouse’s death must sometimes wonder if the show of fidelity is necessary and whom it helps.
Most books on Alzheimer’s focus on those who have it, as opposed to those who care for someone with it. This book offers a powerful and searching meditation on the extent to which someone married to Alzheimer’s should be expected to suffer loneliness. The diagnosis of dementia should not amount to a prohibition of sexual activity for both spouses. Portmann encourages readers to risk honesty in assessing the moral dilemma, using high-profile cases such as Nancy Reagan and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to illustrate the enormity of the problem. Ideal for classes considering the ethics of aging and sexuality.

December 01, 2016

You Are Not Alone: Caregivers Share Their Experiences and Insights ...

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Thankfully, during this past decade, because of technology along with other awareness efforts, caregiver support has exploded with resources and professional help. Still, caregivers long to connect personally with each other and share, on an intimate level, what they’ve learned. The stories below are examples of that sharing spirit. Caregiving will change your life both positively and negatively, but these caregivers make it clear that you don’t have to go through it alone.


Minding our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories

 This book is a portable support group, a reminder that you aren't alone. Minding Our Elders is an intimate and powerful resource for caregivers, filled with true stories about seniors and aging parents.
This book can be your own teddy bear to hold on to when the going gets rough. May you also find some shared humour and pass on any comfort you can. There is great need of it.

Whether you are a baby boomer, part of the sandwich generation, a spousal caregiver or any combination of the three, you will find help on this site, and on the Minding Our Elders Blog. Give caregivers you know a copy of this book. It's a way to show that you, too, understand.

Another way to break caregiver isolation is to secure outside help so the primary caregiver can have time for some self-care. There are good agencies in nearly every area of the country that can deliver care to the home. There are also adult day services and other care options

A loving approach to dementia care : making meaningful connections with the person who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia or memory loss by Laura Wayman

 Laura Wayman's program of care emphasizes communication, affirmative response, and empowerment—transforming the caregiving process from a burden into a fulfilling journey. Her true stories of caregiving illustrate the principles of this loving approach, giving readers essential tools for connecting with people who have dementia.

In addition to offering valuable lessons on how to provide the best possible care, Wayman urges caregivers not to neglect themselves: take care of yourself so you will have physical and mental energy to share with your loved one. The practical tips included here will help you balance your own needs with those of your loved one, creating a more positive experience for you both.

A Loving Approach to Dementia Care is a special guide, filled with respect, calmness, creativity—and love

My Bonnie : how dementia stole the love of my life
For three years John personally cared for his beloved wife, keeping her condition secret from all but family and close friends. But in the middle of September this year, over 26 years after his life with Bonnie began, John made the agonising decision to move his wife to a full-time care home.

Written in passionate and vivid prose, that captures both the warmth of the good times and the utter despair of the bad times, John weaves together a series of moving and heartfelt stories. In this combination of present day descriptions of life with Bonnie, as her carer, and memories of the romantic years they shared together...

And still the music plays : stories of people with dementia
... by using 22 stories, the author draws on his memories of people with dementia he has met to bring the reader a greater understanding of the condition and why some people behave in the way they do and how to work with that to solve difficult behaviours. The central theme is that everyone with dementia is unique, with a distinctive personality and experiences, and it is only by thinking deeply about each person individually that we can respond to their unique needs and give the best care possible.

To Love What Is

This memoir is a love story. It is inspirational, engaging and intimate. The writer shares the tumultuous events in her marriage which result when her husband, who has early signs of dementia, suffers severe brain damage after a fall.

The author openly shares her innermost feelings and struggles... but this is countered by a sense of striving to truly live fully as a couple and as individuals. They are forced by the unfolding new reality of “what is” to redefine their relationship.

The title conveys the strength of her determination – at first with her husband’s needs being paramount and then, finding a precarious balance, as she rediscovers her own life.

Slow dancing with a stranger : lost and found in the age of Alzheimer's

A New York Times Bestseller
Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist ...Slow Dancing With a Stranger is a profoundly personal, unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease that serves as a much-needed wake-up call to better understand and address a progressive affliction.

 When Meryl Comer’s husband Harvey  was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 1996, she watched as the man who headed hematology and oncology research at the National Institutes of Health started to misplace important documents and forget clinical details that had once been cataloged encyclopedically in his mind.

Green vanilla tea
When Marie Williams' husband Dominic started buying banana Paddle Pops by the boxful it was out of character for a man who was fit and health conscious. Dominic, Marie and their two sons had migrated to Australia to have a life where they shared more family time -- when gradually Dominic's behaviour became more and more unpredictable. It took nearly four years before there was a diagnosis of early onset dementia coupled with motor neurone disease. Marie began to write, as she says, as a refuge from the chaos and as a way to make sense of her changing world. Her book, Green Vanilla Tea, has just been named winner of the  Finch Memoir Prize.

November 30, 2016

Complementary and alternative medicine ...

 Louise Hallinan author of Smart Brain, Healthy Brain wins another award - received a "Highly Commended" for "Practitioner of the Year" Award

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Smart brain, healthy brain
by Louise Hallinan

Contents: Step1 identifying the causes of memory problems -- medical – lifestyle -- step 2 -- avoid foods -- you are what you eat -- step 3 -- let’s do some testing -- step 4 -- prevention -- vitamins -- food and supplements for the brain -- give your brain a workout -- homeopathy -- step 5 -- lifestyle -- smart brain life style -- where to from here -- endnotes -- about the author

other awards:Announcing the 2015 Living Now Book Awards Results -& has selected "Smart Brain, Healthy Brain" as one of the "BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH" !!! 

Health / Wellness


The amazing results of Louise’s studies have been compacted into this 5 Step Guide that will enable you to improve your overall brain health and also address those occasional memory lapses that may occur in yourself or loved ones.
Based on nine years of research, Smart Brain, Healthy Brain is packed with practical, easy to follow information.

The knowledge imparted in Smart Brain, Healthy Brain will help

  • anyone wanting to improve their brain health
  • anyone who may be concerned about their memory or that of a loved one who has become a little forgetful.
Unfortunately, memory problems are on the rise.  The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay 5 Steps ahead!
Prevention is the key to a  Smart Brain, Healthy Brain.
Recognizing the Year's Best Books for Better Living!!! 

Mayo Clinic book of alternative medicine

 Experts at the Mayo Clinic survey the most important and popular therapies, remedies, procedures and practices of natural medicine, delivering you the facts, based on clinical experience and current research and testing. From acupuncture to yoga, Echinacea to St. John's wort, and meditation to healing touch, Mayo Clinic provides answers to the most pressing questions people have about the effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine, and when it's appropriate to use natural remedies in place of or in conjunction with traditional medicine. This guide also offers practical advice for treating common ailments and incorporating alternative treatments into your and your family's life. The book covers areas as diverse as simple products that can be worked into your daily menus (i.e. drinking green tea), to more specific natural practices like massage therapy and traditional Chinese medicine that can help address a specific health condition or improve your quality of life

Know your complementary therapies
People who practise natural medicine have many different ideas and philosophies, but they all share a common basic belief: that we can all heal ourselves – we just need a little help from time to time.
Written in clear, jargon-free language, the book covers an introduction to complementary therapies, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, spiritual healing, homeopathy and osteopathy. Uniquely focusing on complementary therapies and older people, the book helps readers to decide which therapies are best suited to their needs, and where to go for help.
Complementary and alternative medicine : an evidence-based approach
This popular, evidence-based overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) emphasizes clinical research, analyzes the effectiveness of each therapy, and presents practical information on how these therapies can be used to treat health conditions and diseases. It not only acquaints the reader with information about CAM, but provides evidence for the effectiveness of various therapies used to treat medical conditions ranging from allergies to psychiatric conditions in all populations relevant to CAM including children, women and the elderly. Summary tables embedded throughout highlight clinical data, statistics, and major research findings. More thorough documentation in this edition is achieved through new tables and added commentary on the quality of studies, making research findings more relevant and useful.
Complementary and alternative medicine for older adults :a guide to holistic approaches to healthy aging
The field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is expected to grow tremendously in the next few years. In addition to an increase by the general population, the baby-boomer generation, many of which have utilized CAM in their younger years, is also quickly entering retirement and thus is foreseen to utilize CAM increasingly as it ages. Although CAM research as applied to aging is just beginning and health professionals receive no special training in CAM and aging, the United States population still continues to employ it. For diagnoses that accompany aging such as cancer, neurological diseases, psychiatric disorders, and physical disabilities, CAM has been noted to be used in addition to or in place of unsuccessful conventional methods of treatment. This new and up-to-the-minute compendium of reliable and authoritative information on complementary and alternative therapies seeks to provide information that older adults may use as they seek to improve their health and quality of life. Covering dietary means; physical, mental, and spiritual methods of treatment; and various types of therapies, this handbook is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource on complementary and alternative medicine available today.
Each chapter or article includes:
Brief definition of modality
Anecdotal reports of usefulness
Discussion of scientific evidence for and against modality
List of resources that reader can use to find further information

How I rescued my brain

As a forensic psychologist, David Roland often saw the toughest, most heartbreaking cases. The emotional trauma had begun to take its toll and then the global financial crisis hit, leaving his family facing financial ruin. When he found himself in an emergency ward with little idea of how he got there, doctors wondered if he had had a nervous breakdown. Eventually they discovered the truth: David had suffered a stroke, which had resulted in brain injury. He faced two choices: give up or get his brain working again. Drawing on the principles of neuroplasticity, David set about re-wiring his brain. He embarked on a search that brought him into contact with doctors, neuroscientists, yoga teaches. Musicians, and a Buddhist nun, and found the tools to restore his sense of self: psychotherapy, swimming, music, mindfulness, and meditation. This is the story of David's neurological difficulties and of his remarkable cognitive recovery. It is also an account of a journey to emotional health. How I Rescued My Brain is an amazing tale of one man's resilience, and his determination to overcome one of the most frightening situations imaginable -- the fear that he had lost his mind and might not get it back.

Clean Gut

Clean Program, delivers a complete toolkit for reversing disease and sustaining life-long health.
Digestion begins in the mouth but it doesn’t stop there. Digestion is actually a long process through the body involving many factors. If something is amiss in your digestive tract, it can have far-reaching negative effects in the body and the mind. If digestion effecting the mind surprises you, consider this: A large percentage of serotonin is actually produced in our guts, or what is commonly referred to as our “second brains.” So when your gut isn’t functioning properly and serotonin isn’t being produced, or it isn’t reaching the “first brain” in your head, depression, seasonal-affective disorder, mood swings, lowered immunity, and nerve issues are quick to follow.

Toxic foods and chemicals are not the only causes of gut damage. Toxic thoughts can cause trouble, too. Stress has a major effect on your health overall, and it can really do a number on your gut. You may notice changes in your digestion or elimination when you’re stressed, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chronic stress may lead to larger gut problems like IBS, GERD or ulcers. Some studies have shown that stress slows digestion and elimination, encourages overgrowth of bad bacteria, and even compromises the intestinal barrier – making it difficult to properly absorb foods and keep foreign invaders out – and can make you more susceptible to illness and disease by weakening the immune system

November 24, 2016

Spirituality and palliative care...

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Coming to Christ in Dementia

In this short practical and pastoral book, Mark Wormell brings theology together with the experience of carers to suggest a new way of thinking about ministry to people with a dementia diagnosis. Carers, pastoral ministers, friends and family members of those with a dementia diagnosis will find this an encouraging and thought-provoking introduction to the questions of what it means to be a person, what it means to come to “know” Christ, and how we can help those whose memories are fading to meet the God who will not forget them.

MemoryBanc® : your workbook for organizing life

Secure your financial and online assets with MemoryBanc Your Workbook For Organizing Life.
MemoryBanc makes it easy to document accounts, usernames, and medical history so they can be easily found or shared should they ever be needed by a spouse or loved one. It also helps couples that divide and conquer stay on the same page and gives individuals a way to easily hand over important information should it ever be needed. With the help of MemoryBanc, readers no longer have to store their information in their heads, on their phones, in a file, or under a keyboard―they now have one place that captures it all. Find out how easily it is to secure your assets with MemoryBanc Your Workbook For Organizing Life.

The gift of preparationDeath happens, and you can be better prepared. It’s difficult enough dealing with a loss, but how much more stressful is it if you then have to handle all the legalities and details afterwards if you don’t have all the information, or know where to find it. So, how informed are you, really? This is one situation where ignorance is not bliss.
In the event of your death, what thought have you given to what will happen to your spouse, partner, family members and close friends, before your funeral, the day after and after that?
In the event of your partner’s death, how clear are you on what you will need to deal with?
In the event of your death, how savvy are they about the same issues?
Do you and/or your family have ready access to essential information?
Do all who need to, have all the information they need to make this emotionally difficult transition as easy as possible?

Everyone should have a copy of this thoughtful, immensely practical and useful book. It tackles end-of-life issues that people need to confront, in a sensitive and loving way. Author Carole Sandberg has done the community a great service in showing how best we can cope when someone close to us dies. — Ita Buttrose AO OBE

Guide to the inevitable… a must-have. From wills and legal documents to household finances and superannuation, Carole addresses each topic that must be dealt with on the death of a loved one.
This book should be on everyone’s shelf. It should be read now, before it is really needed, and again when the times comes. — The Senior, June 2014 Edition

The Palliative Care Handbook : Guidelines for Clinical Management and Symptom Control
is an internationally best-selling and highly accessible resource for supporting palliative care where ever it occurs. Not only widely used by doctors and nurses, it is has a strong record of assisting patients and families as they seek simple, brief and accurate information about the symptoms and treatments they encounter.

 'Recently when my mother was facing her last days, I had trouble understanding the medications that were being recommended and symptoms that were of concern. I came across a copy of The Palliative Care Handbook and within minutes found a brief and easy to understand description of the things my mum was going through - and not just physical, but emotional and spiritual too. I then looked up the drugs that had been prescribed and this helped me feel much better informed.' Andrew, NSW.
The three authors are international experts in their fields and author Professor Rod MacLeod recently was appointed Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to palliative care. It is significant the eighth edition includes section in dementia as palliative care for people with dementia is an increasing issues.
This is the first edition of the book to be made available through bookstores. "Now updated to include sections on dementia, nutrition and deprescribing, as well as the latest drug information, the eight edition of The Palliative Care Handbook continues to be an essential guide in end-of-life care for use by clinicians as well as patients and families.

The end-of-life namaste care program for people with dementia
by Joyce Simard
The innovative Namaste Care program helps facilities provide gentle end-of-life care, especially for residents with advanced dementia. Because of their profound losses, these individuals are often isolated with limited human contact during the final stages of their lives. This new program reveals simple and practical ways for direct care staff to provide holistic, person-centered care and maintain a human connection. Blending nursing care and meaningful activities, the program promotes peaceful and relaxing end-of-life experiences for older adults. Sensory-based practices, like placement in comfortable armchairs, soothing music, and gentle massage, emphasize comfort and pleasure. Personal information is used to individualize the experiences, making them as enjoyable as possible for participants. Developed by a geriatric social worker and dementia specialist, the program stresses dignity and respect at this vulnerable stage of life. Using this practical manual, nursing facilities can easily implement a Namaste Care program with minimal resources and training. Step-by-step advice for staffing, budgeting, and marketing a program is included. Detailed information for creating a Namaste Care room is provided, as well as alternative options for facilities with limited space. Plus, real-life vignettes illustrate the program in practice. Recognizing the spirit within each person, this unique approach is valuable for all settings providing end-of-life care, especially skilled nursing facilities, assisted living settings, and hospices. Namaste is a Hindi greeting honoring the spirit within a person.

Promoting high touch when nursing older people : a palliative care approach [DVD]
University of Western Sydney, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Promoting high touch in nursing older people: A palliative care approach, is an outcome of the project Avoiding “high tech” through “high touch” in end-stage dementia: Protocol for care at the end of life. The DVD is based on material developed by Geriatric Consultant, and Developer of the Namaste Care Program, Adjunct Associate Professor Joyce Simard.
This DVD features a series of short instructional films that outline an effective protocol for palliative care.  The approach offers hope and a renewed sense of spirit for people in the last stages of life. 


The caregiver's path to compassionate decision making : making choices for those who can't
This book includes four adaptable tools that make decision making a simple, step-by-step process; guidelines to help you determine if your loved one or patient can make decisions, and guidance on who should make the decisions, and how to make better decisions. The author suggests questions to use in almost any medical or quality-of-life situation that will help you gather all of the information you need and offers techniques for improving communication between patients, families and caregivers.
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November 23, 2016

resources for diversional therapists to use with groups -

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John McSweeney in concert sings 101 songs you know by heart: volume 1

Words for all 101 songs are displayed on this DVD for you to sing-a-long!
  1. MEDLEY 1: Shine On Harvest Moon/Somebody Else Is Taking My Place/Who's Sorry Now/On The Sunnyside Of The Street/I'll Be With You In/Apple Blossom Time
  3. MEDLEY 2: Sweet Georgia Brown/Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey/It's A Long Way To Tipperary/There Is A Tavern In The Town/Give My Regards To Broadway
  5. MEDLEY 3: You Will Never Grow Old/That's An Irish Lullaby/When I Grow Too Old To Dream/If Those Lips Could Only Speak/Down In The Valley
  7. MEDLEY 4: Dark Town Strutter's Ball/Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy/Write Myself A Letter/Chattanooga Choo Choo/Alexander's Ragtime Band
  9. MEDLEY 5: Side By Side/Walking My Baby Back Home/Show Me The Way To Go Home/When The Red Red Robin/The Bells Are Ringing For Me & My Gal
  11. MEDLEY 6: Lady Of Spain/Around The World/Yours Till The Stars Have No Glory/South Of The Border/Jamaican Farewell
  13. MEDLEY 7: When It's Springtime In The Rockies/My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean/A Mother As Lovely As You/Somewhere My Love/Suvla Bay
  15. MEDLEY 8: Somebody Stole My Girl/I'm Sitting On Top Of The World/Swanee/Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree/A Shanty In Old Shanty Town
  17. MEDLEY 9: You Are My Sunshine/There's A Bridle Hanging On The Wall/Seems I Always Have To Slip Around/Buttons And Bows/Red River Valley
  19. MEDLEY 10: Your Cheating Heart/Cold Cold Heart/Half As Much
  21. MEDLEY 11: Carolina In The Morning/You Made Me Love You/Mammy/Pretty Baby
  23. MEDLEY 12: If You Knew Susie/I Want A Girl/ Row Row Row/Pack Up Your Troubles/When You Wore A Tulip
  25. MEDLEY 13: Don't Fence Me In/April Showers/Oh You Beautiful Doll/ Moonlight Bay/Heart Of My Heart
  27. MEDLEY 14: Baby Face/Five Foot Two/Roll Out The Barrel/Put Your Arms Around Me/Toot Toot Tootsie.
  29. MEDLEY 15: Have You Ever Been Lonely/Have I Told You Lately/Nobody's Darling But Mine
  31. MEDLEY 16: By The Light Of The Silvery Moon/All Of Me/It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/Rambling Rose
  33. MEDLEY 17: When You're Smilling/California, Here I Come/Ma She's Making Eyes At Me/Yes Sir That's My Baby/Four Leaf Clover. MEDLEY 18: For Ever And Ever/Irene Good Night/Let Me Call You Sweetheart/My Wild Irish Rose/When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  35. MEDLEY 19: Bye Bye Blackbird/Deep In The Heart Of Texas/Comin' Round The Mountain/Travel On/Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major
  37. MEDLEY 20: I Love You More & More Everyday/I Love You Because
  39. MEDLEY 21: Happy Wanderer/Five Minutes More/Yes Sir That's My Baby/Do What You Do Do Well/Oh Suzannah/Camptown Races/Oh Lonesome Me/Marianne/Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye/Put Another Log On The Fire
Presents a selection of all-time favourites in an entertaining, up-beat fashion with the words of all songs displayed on the screen. People can follow, sing-a-long and be inspired by the choice of songs, accompanying dancers and John McSweeney’s warm voice and showmanship.

Songs are in medley style and include Happy Wanderer, Irene Good Night, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Pack Up Your Troubles, You are My Sunshine, Jamaican Farewell, There is a Tavern in the Town, When Irish Eyes are Smiling and ninety-two others

John McSweeney has always had a love for the great songs that were written back in the 30's, 40's & 50's so he made the decision back in the late 80's to put together medleys of all the great standards that people could sing along with either at a party or in the car travelling. So John recorded 50 songs in medleys then another 50 and due to the success of that first recording he has now recorded 4 volumes with 8 CD's that contain over 450 songs.
In the late 90's John decided it was time to try to have his music released in other countries and his first trip was to the United Kingdom where the first record company he approached signed John up on the spot and as a result he has sold well in excess of 500 thousand copies of his sing along music.
Next stop was the U.S.A where he went to new York which John admits was a little harder to gain a contract but after a couple of visits he signed with the biggest music catalogue company in the U.S.A where his third volume was recently released and he has started receiving letters from all over the U.S.A with comments that they love his voice and it was great to hear the old songs that they grew up with once again.
Due to the success of his music in the American catalogue his record company have now decided to advertise his Volume1 "100 Songs You Know By Heart" on television which is not bad for a young fellow who grew up on a dairy farm in Queensland.
John McSweeney has now made his music available and you can order direct from John with his personal money back guarantee that if you don't like the double CD's you can send it back to John and he will refund your money. Click here to see or order John's available CD's and DVD's
for more information see John McSweeney's website

The accumulative effects of music therapy on dementia‐related speech deficits in a sub‐acute hospital setting : PhD thesis

Loretta Quinn
Single blinded randomised control trial was conducted to determine the accumulative effects of Music Therapy on dementia-related speech deficits. The hypotheses to be tested whether a programme of MT will result in greater improvement in dementia-related spontaneous speech deficits (in particular naming), than a programme of DT and 2) whether a programme of either MT or DT will result in a reduction in dementia-related spontaneous speech deficits (in particular naming) compared to a non intervention (control) group.

Among my souvenirs : therapeutic songs for people with dementia [CD]
CD’s contain professionally prepared and recorded songs to help people with dementia participate in meaningful activities and improve their mood.
Family flip quiz
With over 150 illustrated quizzes, this standup quiz book covers various categories such as: natural world history; science and maths ; geography; general knowledge english and more...

Brilliant brain games
Exercise and train your mind with this fantastic collection of puzzles which will test and exercise your mind for mental fitness. Puzzles include logic tests, numbers games, picture puzzles and lateral thinking riddles ...

We can, we can, we can: purpose and pleasure for people living with dementia
Activity must meet our need for meaning and connection, as well as providing an outlet for creativity, spirituality, joy, fun, and relaxation.
 Every one of us has leisure and recreation preferences. Not all want to sing in a group, join a club or make and create. Some love company, while others prefer time alone.
And every person’s experience of life lived with dementia is unique. These infinite variations mean there can be no “one size fits all” approach to activities for purpose and pleasure. This collection of activities respects that diversity, as well as the need for a person-centred approach to activities.

Relate, motivate, appreciate: a Montessori approach : promoting positive interaction with people with dementia

The Relate, Motivate, Appreciate model: Relate The person you know has lived a rich and full life. They may have been a parent, spouse, brother, sister, professional, housewife, friend and/or lover. The first and most important step is to be able to relate to and focus on what were their past experiences. Motivate Most of us are motivated by things we enjoy. When considering activities that the person might enjoy, we need to reflect on their past life experience. What activities did they do in the past? For example, did they enjoy: • cooking? – if so, consider pouring or mixing activities • accounting? – counting, writing , gardening? – growing vegetables or flowers • music? – listening, dancing, playing an instrument. Appreciate You may experience feelings of loss and grief for the relationship you once had with the person living with dementia. With these in mind it is important that we try to give the person some confidence and roles back and, in that sense, return some meaning to their lives. The aim should be to enable the person living with dementia to regain control of aspects of their life, through meaningful activities that have a purpose..

Connecting in the land of dementia: creative activities to explore together 
 This book offers care partners practical, hands-on ideas for meaningful, creative activities they can do with their patients, family members, or friends who have dementia.
It also includes creative tips for busy care partners, offering quick and easy forms of renewal and respite. Too often, people living with dementia are entertained instead of engaged.
Research shows that artistic and imaginative activities reduce the need for psychotropic medications.
 Doing activities together also increases social interactions, builds positive energy, and adds a sense of discovery to the day...  features the innovative ideas of about seventy thought leaders in the field of dementia and creativity. Both family and professional care partners can use these activities, in areas such as music, movement, cooking, nature, storytelling, poetry, movies, technology, and more, to engage and connect with people who are living with dementia.

November 18, 2016

new books for carers

Live smart after 50! : the experts' guide for life planning in uncertain times
... offers friendly, focused, forward-thinking and action-oriented help with the challenges of aging in the 21st century. Rich in practical experience and wisdom, self-exploration exercises, and diverse resources, it's a companionable guide for planning and preparing for the second half of life.

In a unique collaboration, thirty-three of the nation's top experts in life planning and positive aging distill the most critical issues.

From finding work, community, creativity, purpose and legacy to financing your dreams, making sure your voice is heard, anticipating the challenges of aging, and living with purpose and vitality, LIVE SMART AFTER 50! will help you get the big picture, identify and reduce risks, expand choices, and prepare to take advantage of - rather than fear - the future.
The Mayo Clinic handbook for happiness : a 4-step plan for resilient living

Discover 4 simple steps to live a resilient, joy-filled life.

... offers a straightforward plan anyone can implement across 10 weeks.
four-step self-help process is a joy to undertake and offers you wonderful rewards:

•In Step One, you’ll learn how to better regulate what you think and perceive. This step is actually so enjoyable, it to "adding chocolate powder to your glass of milk."

•Step Two is truly powerful. It will “
enhance your inner strength by making you emotionally resilient and happier."
•Step Three produces results that users say range from “momentary calm” to “ecstatic bliss."

•Step Four is designed to “help you decrease your stress and increase the energy available to you each day."

The new 3 minute meditator
by David Harp
The New 3 Minute Meditator provides you 30 simple ways to unwind your mind anywhere and anytime. It expounds on ways of integrating the use of meditation into real-life situation. The book deals with six specific problem areas: tension, anger, self-acceptance, fears, phobias, loss, grief, and feelings of loneliness and emptiness.


Spiddal road

Annie Quinn made a promise to her mother, Kate. "If, God forbid, you should ever suffer from Alzheimer's, I will return, from whatever corner of the world I'm in, and I will take care of you."

The rights of the children, both moral and legal, of a parent who suffers Alzheimer's, are tested when Annie's returns to Dublin and opens a can of worms. Annie had no idea that the promise to her mother would reach the Four Courts in Dublin, and subsequently tear her family apart. There are no winners in this riveting story of deceit, deprivation, humanity and courage.

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