October 14, 2014

Resources on therapeutic activities

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

A therapy technique for improving memory: Spaced retrievalJennifer A. Brush and Cameron J. Camp
A memory intervention called Spaced Retrieval has been found to improve retention of information in clients with memory impairment. This workbook takes speech-language pathologists and occupational, physical, music and art therapists, step-by-step through this useful technique. The book includes a review of the research, case studies, detailed instructions, helpful resources, and reproducible work sheets for use during therapy sessions. All are designed to help clients reach their therapy goals.

Activity guidelines for health professionals working with male clients with dementia
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services WA
The purpose of this guideline is to improve the quality of life and well being of people with
dementia (PWD) and their carers. Activity programs in residential care facilities often reflect
a variety of feminine-based activities. It is important for care staff to identify the interests of
the male residents and to develop an activity program specifically developed to meet their
unique needs.
Types of activities
The men’s activities in this guideline are grouped according to different personal
components and can therefore be implemented in relation to the person’s individual needs:
• Physical activities and games
• Reminiscence and storytelling activities
• Community outings
• Work-like activities
includes -- INTEREST CHECKLIST and 66 suggested activities

The activity director's bag of tricks
Dennis L. Goodwin
In this compilation of activity-program ideas by a male activity director, you will run across full program concepts as well as tidbits and tweaks that can add pizzazz to your activity calendar. As the author puts it, there are ideas for those who are "fresh off the vine in the activity field" as well as for those who are "a tad withered around the leaves." Just open the cover to dig into time-tested activities like The Life and Times display, Music & Memories, The Fabulous Follies. A Best-dressed Pet Show, Root Beer & Roulette, A "Staycation" Display, "Racemania," Hometown Happenings, The "Times of Our Lives" Memory Booklet and a host of "Tricks or Tweaks" that can help pump new life into your program…and yourself. This "bag of tricks" is packed with activity ideas that will help immunize you to that dreaded pest that can slowly suck away much of your initial enthusiasm…the burnout bug. As activity directors, we need to "specialize" in being a generalist and keep our programs varied and dynamic.

Dementia and the family
Rachel Johnstone
This book aims to break down the stigma surrounding dementia - caused by a lack of understanding - and give every generation of the family the confidence to care for their loved one and the self-belief in the difference they can make.
Dementia and the family contains guidance and 160 intergenerational activities that will help families to live well with dementia and give them the confidence and self-belief in the difference they can make. The book is also an ideal resource for care homes, memory cafes and others caring for people with dementia. Included in the book is guidance about talking to children about dementia; how the memory works; creating a dementia-friendly home and communicating with someone with dementia. The style of writing is jargon-free and friendly as the main audience is families. Activities are organized by themes: reminiscence; games; arts, crafts and music; relaxation, exercise and outside; home, food and shopping. The book is complemented by a website which offers lots of additional practical materials: www.parentsandfamilies.com

Relate, motivate, appreciate: an introduction to Montessori activities [booklet and DVD]
Alzheimer's Australia Vic
Meaningful experiences that engage are important for us all, and this does not change when someone develops dementia.  Engaging visits are an important part of the person's life, regardless of whether they are living at home or in residential care.  They may not be able to remember the details of the interaction, or that you visited at all, what is important is what they experience in that moment of being with you.

Relate, motivate, appreciate: a Montessori resource : promoting positive interaction with people with dementia
Dr Eva van der Ploeg with an introduction by Cameron Camp
This book includes 28 activities. The activities are grouped under 5 themes; these are related to the human senses - watching, listening, touching, smelling and tasting.  Rehabilitation and sensory stimulation form the basics of the Montessori educational system that the current principles are based on.

Animal assisted therapy : pet therapy : in dementia care
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services Vic
Animal Assisted Therapy has often been applied effectively as a non pharmacological intervention for people that have diminished life skills due to dementia for example: social withdrawal, poor long or short term memory, reduced communication skills as well as reducing BPSD such as: Apathy, vocalising, aggressive behaviour, restlessness. wandering and intrusion.

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