Designing mental health units for older people
Mary Marshall, University of Stirling
People with dementia who are admitted to older people’s mental health units are usually acutely distressed. They need an environment which is calm, quiet, understandable and safe. Dementia-friendly design is a non-pharmaceutical intervention in itself. It also provides the optimal setting for the full range of interventions that people with dementia in older people’s mental health units will receive. It is almost cost neutral and simply requires a real understanding of the impairments that old age and dementia bring, and which are especially complex when combined.
Dr. Andrew Weil presents vibrational sound healing [CD]
When men grieve : why men grieve differently and how you can help
by Elizabeth Levang
...Men as a whole have not created a language of grief for themselves. Men have been raised mute, silent to their emotional pain. Men know that such words exist; they hear them from women, read them in books, and see them in dictionaries. But the words are not to be found in the male thesaurus...
Worried about your memory? [DVD]
Alzheimer's Australia NSW
This DVD includes three short scenarios outlining what people can do if they are worried about their own, or someone else’s, memory. The resource was funded by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and developed and produced in Coffs Harbour with local people volunteering to act in the three scenes.
Still mine [DVD]
Based on the true life story of eighty-nine-year-old New Brunswicker Craig Morrison who runs into problems with the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife Irene who is starting to lose her memory. When he attempts to use the methods his shipbuilder father taught him, Craig gets on the wrong side of an overzealous government inspector, who finds everything about the project unacceptable, including the wood that Craig has milled from his own trees. As Irene's illness worsens, Craig rushes to finish the house, which leads to him going to court and facing a jail sentence. Now it's time for Craig to take a final stand. An exquisitely mounted and deeply affecting story about one man's determination to create a home for his ailing wife as they enter their twilight years.