February 24, 2015

Therapeutic activities for people with dementia

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
Red nose coming! [DVD]
University of Stirling, The Dementia Services Development Centre, Hearts & Minds
An introduction to Hearts&Minds' Elderflowers Programme that uses the performing arts to improve the quality of life and well being of elderly people with dementia.
This DVD was filmed in an assessment and long-term care ward at the Borders General Hospital over a four-week period.

The smile within [DVD]
The Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses™ and ElderClowns (SMILE) Study is the world’s first high quality large scale research project that examined the effects of humour therapy on older people with dementia.
The primary aim of the SMILE study was to examine the effects of humour therapy on mood, social engagement and agitation.
This 40 minute film documents the study, and follows comedian Jean-Paul Bell as he delivers the humour intervention to residents in aged care facilities.

The hen that laid the golden omelette : a guide to art classes for people with dementia: the experiences and learning of two volunteers over ten years
Even when the memory and senses fail, people with dementia may experience the joy of creativity through watercolour painting. This is the liberating message of Barbara Davison and Barbara Potter's inspiring Sefton Art Project. In The Hen that Laid the Golden Omelette, the outline the philosophy and techniques that evolved during their ten years of assisting people with dementia to express themselves in watercolour. Illustrated with the exuberant and often moving images of the artists themselves, this book challenges the assumption that people with dementia can no longer live productive lives and offers practical advice to those who may follow in their path.

Magic memories : a walk down memory game : a game for two or more players
A reminiscence game for everyone. The game will stimulate conversation between players as they reminisce and share memories as a group. Magic Memories questions have been divided into the following categories: Childhood, General, Household, Family, Special Occassions and Leisure. Each cared contains an open ended reminiscence based question with no right or wrong answers. The game contains an arrow spinner, 6 sets of 35 questions, rules and tips.

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