May 18, 2015

Resources for activity workers

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

Creative connections in dementia care : engaging activities to enhance communication
Written for anyone who cares for a person with dementia—family members, friends, and professionals—this how-to manual is packed with guidance to help enhance communication, interactions, task breakdown, and problem-solving efforts while also encouraging the abilities of each participant.
People with dementia enjoy valuable benefits when they actively engage in a creative activity:
•stress is reduced
•memories can be accessed
•mood and self-esteem are elevated
•a sense of personal identity and achievement is experienced
We can, we can, we can: purpose and pleasure for people living with dementia
Alzheimer's Australia Vic
Activity must meet our need for meaning and connection, as well as providing an outlet for creativity, spirituality, joy, fun, and relaxation. Every one of us has leisure and recreation preferences. Not all want to sing in a group, join a club or make and create. Some love company, while others prefer time alone. And every person’s experience of life lived with dementia is unique. These infinite variations mean there can be no “one size fits all” approach to activities for purpose and pleasure. This collection of activities respects that diversity, as well as the need for a person-centred approach to activities.

Safe & sustainable gardening : central coast
New South Wales. Department of Family and Community Services
Gardening is a very popular recreational activity - and no wonder! It is an important way for people to exercise and keep active and healthy.  Gardening can relieve stress and provides opportunities for leisure, relaxation and sensory and mental stimulation..... The peaceful and relaxing environment of a garden provides particular benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Active sing along volume 1 : 19 all time favorites [CD]
Active sing along volume 2 : 20 all time favorites [CD]

As time goes by --  and the band played on  --  click go the shears --  good night Irene --  interactive dialogue --  the happy wanderer --  heart of my heart --  he’s got the whole world in his hands --  I belong to Glasgow – Let me call you sweetheart --  Michael row the boat ashore --  moonlight bay --  my blue heaven --  Pokare Kare Ana -- School days --  sweet Rosie  O”Grady -- Till the boys come home --  when you were sweet 16 --  the yellow rose of texas --  how great thou art – thank you and farwell
Beautiful dreamer  --  the bells are ringing  --  cockles and mussels --  Danny boy -- Don’t dilly dally on the way --  Galway Bay --   Home on the range --  I do like to be beside the seaside   -- Lily of Laguna --  Ma he’s making eyes at me  -- my Bonnie lies over the ocean -- my grandfather clock --  now is the hour --  oh what a beautiful morning  -- oh you beautiful doll -- pack up your troubles -- there’s a tavern in the town --   waiting at the church --  you made me love you  -- onward Christian soldiers
Music & memories of the 20th Century
10 CDs in a folder compiled and narrated by John Hyde, Radio Blue Skies.
The greatest songs, stories, social, sporting and historical events of the century.
The Things Between Us - Living Words: Anthology 1 - Words and Poems of People Experiencing Dementia
An anthology of poems by participants in the Living Words program between 2007 and 2014.
'This is an important collection of witnessings to an important subject, and valuable for what it addresses, as well as the way it addresses.' Sir Andrew Motion 'This is poetry from a place where we assume there are no more words to come, which makes it all the more powerful, moving and important. This book should be essential reading for every surgery care home and hospital and for all of us who are living with loved ones with dementia.' Meera Syal OBE 'I would so love to have had this book when my mother was struggling with Alzheimer's.' Lynda Bellingham OBE Living Words has been working in the UK with people experiencing dementia since late 2007. This anthology contains a selection of their words and poems.
Discover tai chi for balance and mobility [DVD]
Discover improved balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility AT ANY AGE with gentle therapeutic Tai Chi-inspired exercise from America's premier Tai Chi and fitness expert, Scott Cole. Guiding you through breath, movement, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Stretching, and Chair Exercise, Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility delivers easy-to-follow effective exercises to help prevent falling, while improving overall balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Great for beginners, older adults, and physically challenged, this workout is both fun and effective!

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