June 02, 2015

resources for diversional therapists to use with groups

to borrow these or the books below just email nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Magic memories : a walk down memory game : a game for two or more players
Often people in early stages of dementia lose their short-term memory but their ability to reminisce can be extraordinary. The game was designed as a simple aid to reminiscence groups which is not competitive and can be played in a variety of situations. It's ideal for families or co-ordinators of residential and community based settings.

Activities 2 Go Magazine
Australian activities magazine containing monthly activities for Leisure and Lifestyle staff.

The Nostalgia Factory: Memory, Time and Ageing
You cannot call to mind the name of a man you have known for 30 years. You walk into a room and forget what you came for.
These are common experiences, and as we grow older we tend to worry about these lapses. Is our memory failing? Is it dementia? Writing with eloquence and humour, he explains neurological phenomena without becoming lost in specialist terminology. His book is reminiscent of Oliver Sacks's work, and not coincidentally this volume includes a long interview with Sacks, who speaks of his own memory changes as he entered his sixties- moves smoothly from anecdote to research and back, weaving stories and science into a compelling description of the terrain of memory -  brings to light the "reminiscence effect," just one of the unexpected pleasures of an aging memory. The author writes reassuringly about forgetfulness and satisfyingly dismantles the stubborn myth that mental gymnastics can improve memory. He presents a convincing case in favour of the aging mind and urges us to value the nostalgia that survives as recollection, appreciate the intangible nature of past events, and take pleasure in the consolation of razor-sharp reminiscing.

We can, we can, we can: purpose and pleasure for people living with dementia

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.

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

What works to promote emotional wellbeing older people : a guide for aged care staff working in community or residential care settings
This booklet has been designed for staff working in community or residential aged care services. It covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. These interventions are grouped by type, for example, physical activity interventions, and interventions to do with music and the arts. Some interventions are supported by a lot of scientific evidence, but others are not. This booklet summarises the strength of evidence for the use of each intervention in each setting, and whether its usefulness has been shown for promoting emotional wellbeing, as well as specifically for anxiety and depression. Most sections include a short case study to demonstrate how the interventions may be used with older people in aged care settings. The booklet also includes a list of interventions that staff may want to consider if their clients or residents have dementia or memory loss. Finally, this booklet provides some advice to community and residential care staff on how to plan an evaluation of whether or not an intervention has made a difference. The booklet focuses on psychosocial interventions that can be used in community settings or residential care. Psychosocial interventions include any interventions that emphasise psychological or social approaches, rather than biological interventions such as medications.

How to make your care home fun
Our need to be engaged in interesting activities does not diminish and is vital to our quality of life, this book examines the need for activities for elderly people in care and offers a practical programme of entertaining activities that can be used anywhere.
Includes arts and crafts, role-playing, gardening and cooking, it also takes the stance that 'activity nursing' should be integral to all personal care plans and not simply regarded as an add on to medical care.
Activities for older people in care homes: a handbookfor successful activity planning
by Sarah Crockett
The author provides useful background information on dementia, the importance of activities and how to get to know residents through life story work. She addresses important practical considerations such as how to assess a resident for suitable activities, activity planning, timetabling, budgeting and money-stretching, as well as more subtle issues such as how to enthuse residents and staff to join in and how to deal with resistance from colleagues. An A-Z of inventive ideas and step-by-step instructions for activities as wide-ranging as arts and crafts, cooking, exercise, gardening, meditation, music, reminiscence, themed days and trips out is also included. Offering peer-to-peer advice and encouragement as well as a wealth of practical ideas and suggestions, this is essential reading for all those involved in activity planning, including those with dementia, in care settings.

The good practice guide to therapeutic activities with older people in care settings by Tessa Perrin
Published by the  UK National Association of Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) and provides a benchmark to measure and evaluate practice.  Has links to national standards, provides guidance for Care Home owners and managers wanting to set up activities.
Transcending dementia through the TTAP method : a new psychology of art brain, and cognition
by Linda Levine Madori
The brain-stimulating approach known as Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming (TTAP) has a proven record of improving the lives of people with dementia by increasing their engagement and functioning.
Participation in the creative arts has been shown to promote cell growth that enhances the brain’s ability to learn and recall new information, create new ideas, and make new connections. Using 12 separate forms of creative expression — ranging from sculpture and painting to physical movement and mental imagery — TTAP builds on themes in an integrative way that helps each individual with dementia draw upon memories, feelings, and intellectual reserves that promote positive self-regard and active social participation. Sample activity protocols guide you through the process of engagement to help you quickly master the steps.


Dementia care the adaptive response : a stress reductionist approach.
Paul TM Smith
The process of dementia makes the experience of day to day living an acute challenge. This could be mediated with educated and timely inputs and where the caring contract may be negotiated to preserve both dignity and quality of life.
The premise of the adaptive response model is that armed with the knowledge of human systems and their ability to adapt and adjust, and with a firm application and emphasis on person centred approaches to dementia care, then the experience can be enhanced, and living with one of the dementias can be made less traumatic.
This holistic approach proposes a method of using environmental and social psychology to maximise function in the individual and to minimise the negative and destructive elements of the perceived and real environment.
Sections include:
• The biological domain
• The psychological and social domains
• Modern contexts of dementia care
• Stress and adaptive responses
• Adaptive response
• Stress
• Manipulating the social and built environments



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