June 05, 2009

Three interesting new items

Pearl verses the world
At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart. A powerful and moving story about loss, grief and isolation. Deals with sensitive issues of dementia from the child’s perspective.

Outdoor environments for people with dementia
Mounting evidence reveals that nature and outdoor environments provide individuals with dementia greater enjoyment in life, lower stress levels, and positive changes to physical well-being. Outdoor Environments for People with Dementia explores how fulfilling the fundamental genetically based need of human relationships with nature can improve the health and well-being of people with dementia. Evaluation tools for those with dementia are discussed, including studies of the impact of plants and outdoor activities on this population.

Brain trainers : happiness exercises : a step by step program to strengthen happiness

Discover happiness exercises switch on the parts of the brain associated with happiness and switch off the parts of the brain that limit happiness. These happiness exercises are a 12 month “personal trainer in a box”. 52 cue cards in box + booklet.

Here is an example -
The happiness virus

  • smile (genuinely) at everyone you pass
  • strike up a friendly conversation with a stranger, maybe on a bus or at the shops
  • spend more time around happy people

see what a difference the happiness virus makes when you spread it around

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