...starting with a quote from a carer
"I have just finished reading Creating Moments of Joy (from your reading list). It is a really brilliant book. While it does not relate directly to our situation, it gives a whole new way of approaching each day (as an opportunity to create a moment of joy, rather than a day to be endured) as well as providing the strategies to do so. This is really an inspirational book and should be given to every family when their loved one is diagnosed and should be compulsory reading for all carers. This book can really improve the quality of life of people with dementia as well as their carers".
.. it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.
Dementia and you : care, protection and reducing risk
Having a mother who had dementia provoked an extending grieving for her loss and resulted in a lot of confusion and anxiety in our family.
Not knowing what it was for so long and then what to do and how to support my father.
“Dementia and You" encourages people to seek early assessment and to prepare for dementia if it afflicts them, their families or friends.
It clearly explains how to talk about it, what you might expect and what you can do in terms of prevention and treatment. Early diagnosis provides many benefits: symptoms, like memory loss may not be dementia but may be normal or treatable; interventions can delay onset or slow progress and it allows people a say in their care before it is too late.
The book also talks about new models of care and the need for in-home services and day-centres.
What has become evident is that lifestyle is a very important factor in the prevention of dementia: 75% of degenerative disease is preventable. The latest research indicates that stopping smoking, losing weight, exercise, a healthy diet and supplements can all reduce the chances of getting dementia and other chronic diseases. It seems that we can do a lot to minimise the risk and that moderate exercise, healthy eating, vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants can protect us from environmental hazards that damage cells and provide benefits we cannot conveniently get from modern diets.
The gift of yoga
this is so easy to use - watch the dvd till you get the hang of the postures and then use the book for the ones you are still getting the hang of - it's a very popular resource!
...introduces you to the postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation that makes up Hatha yoga. The Gift of Yoga: Book and DVD contains step-by-step instructions covering the major components of yoga, including postures, breathing and relaxation. Containing a full length program and four mini-workouts, The Gift of Yoga is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and includes tips on how to increase or decrease the challenge. These programs have been designed to improve the flexibility, stability and strength of your body, and soothe and calm your mind.
Extreme Caring - You Have to Go on
"This is a compelling account of the changes and challenges that a couple had to face after a stroke in May 2000. It is a well-researched, scholarly, yet moving account." - Professor Sir Charles George, former Chairman of the Stroke Association.
review by Lauretta Kaldor
Extreme caring by Stuart Donnan
Stuart Donnan is an Australian doctor who moved to UK in 1966 who specialised in the area of social medicine. In 2000 his wife Beryl had a stroke and later also developed dementia. Stuart gave up his work to become Beryl’s carer. This book is an account of his journey and I found it compelling reading as it was written from the view of a caring husband who was also so medically knowledgeable.
Beryl and he were always great readers and art collectors and travellers. He spends time in this book not focussed so much on the physical care but on how their interests were maintained and used to keep Beryl focussed on the special things she loved- for example her love of books despite not being able to read anymore. His way of coping with her aphasia was unique. She continued to enjoy travel and art appreciation despite her challenges because of Stuart’s extreme caring.
The lesson in this book for diversional therapists is that with knowledge of the real person and their cultural interests, the challenges required to enjoy life can be minimised. This is a good reference for educators and staff in aged care.
"This book is scholarly yet tender and personal, fiercely honest and immensely confronting. It records the impact of stroke and dementia and 'extreme care' on life and personality and relationship. It is full of insightful comment and information that could enable readers and carers in similar circumstances to negotiate challenges with deeper understanding or to assist others to do so." - Margaret Fuller, Social Worker, former Clinical Services Manager, Anglicare Counselling, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
"There have been other volumes on the caring journey of life with a brain-damaged or demented family member. This is a fine one, but it is much more. The reflections of a trained and intelligent mind on the meaning of caring and of life seen through the lens of "extreme caring" are relevant to us all. The book meets the critical question following a reading. Do I wish to press it on my friends? A resounding Yes." - Professor Sir Robert Boyd, formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of London
if you are not getting on top of your clutter this may be inspiring
The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing
This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
This #1 "New York Times" best-selling.. Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo's clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house "spark joy" (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home--and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
Meditations for women who do too much
Step back from the overload—that overwhelming combination of work, chores, caring for children, and meeting everyone's needs but your own—and let the sage advice, warmhearted humor, encouraging reminders, and inspiring thoughts from women around the world help you discover a much-deserved calm amidst the whirlwind of your life.
This classic bestseller, is the perfect gift for yourself or all the workaholics, rushaholics, and careaholics in your life. Millions of women have found daily comfort and sustenance in Schaef's insightful meditations. Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much will make it possible for you to relax, refuel, and, most important, honor yourself and all that you do everyday of the year..