July 15, 2014

Health and wellbeing in ageing

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au
The essential guide to avoiding dementia : understanding the risks
Mary Jordan
Having considered factors that may make a significant difference to the risk of developing dementia in later life, the book concludes with helpful advice as to what to do if dementia is suspected and how the life of a person living with dementia can be improved through sensible actions and lifestyle changes.
When faced with the mysterious and shocking, people want and deserve knowledge. Without knowledge, fear, insecurity and myth abound. With knowledge comes the prospect of control, appropriate action and the potential for solution. I am in no doubt this book has the potential to change how countless numbers of people might otherwise have ended their lives.
From the foreword by Professor Graham Stokes.

Senior smart puzzles : mazes, hidden objects, same/different puzzles
Senior Smart Puzzles is a 48 page, 8 ½” x 11”, collection of mazes, hidden objects and same/different puzzles designed for the Super Senior. Easy-to-read format, challenging brain stimulation, and appropriate level of difficulty for the mature mind.
Illustrated with vintage pictures, Senior Smart Puzzles is a great trigger for conversation and reminiscing. A valuable resource to share with parents, grandparents, and great grandparents!!
Reproducible for use by professional caregivers and senior activity centers.

Visit the website for sample puzzles http://www.seniorsmartpuzzles.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7&Itemid=7

Aging well : surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard study of adult development
Think diet and exercise are the keys to a long, healthy life? Think again. What can you do to increase the likelihood of living a happy, healthy, fulfilling life into your sixties, seventies, eighties, and beyond? For more than five decades Harvard Medical School has studied the basic elements of adult human development, analyzing the health and happiness of hundreds of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. In Aging Well, George E. Vaillant, M.D., the director of the study, draws on the data gathered and reveals for the first time why some people turn out to be more resilient than others. His surprising conclusion is that individual lifestyle choices play a greater role than genetics, wealth, race, or other factors in determining how happy people are in later life. Among the topics Dr. Vaillant explores: the importance of marriage and the impact of divorce; the role of play and creative activity; the effects of tobacco, alcohol, and other mood elevators; the benefits of forming new friendships and new social networks; the importance of intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.

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.

Mediterranean diet cookbook for dummies
For decades, doctors and nutritional experts have observed and confirmed that Mediterranean countries have much lower occurrences of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes in their citizens than northern European countries and the United States. The Mediterranean Diet For Dummies features expert advice on transitioning to this healthful lifestyle by providing meal planning tips, exercise regimens, and more than 150 recipes inspired by the cuisines of Italy, Greece, southern France, and Spain to improve your health, lose weight, and prevent and fight disease.
Rather than focusing on restricting certain foods and ingredients, the Mediterranean diet embraces a variety of food choices that promote freshness, whole grains, healthy fats, more vegetables and less meat, understanding proper portion control, and using items like wine and olive oil to create rich flavors. With The Mediterranean Diet For Dummies you'll find out how a delicious diet can reduce the long-term risk of obesity, heart disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and more.

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