July 24, 2015

resources for diversional therapists to use with groups - July

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

Jack : quality of life in dementia care [DVD] Jack cares for the dolls which are real to him. He is now able to give care as well as receive it. It makes him feel worthwhile. Jack's story is about quality of life in dementia care. It's about making a difference and finding the key to lighting a soul.
In the film "Jack" health care specialists and family members talk about sensory stimulation through the use of multisensory and doll therapy to improve the quality of life of a person with dementia. Initially Jack was obviously unhappy, however after the introduction sessions and the use of dolls, Jack changed to be a happy and engaged resident.

Always wanted a fishtank, but could never afford the price tag? Or maybe you just don't need all the hassle and bother that goews with maintenance. Then simply place The Aquarium into your DVD player, hit play and enjoy! With the choice of fishtank sounds or relaxing background music, you can now have all the enjoyment of a fishtank at home without the hassle.
Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders 
The Influence of Aquariums on Weight in Individuals With Dementia
This study assessed whether individuals with dementia who observe aquariums increase the amount of food they consume and maintain body weight. The sample included 70 residents in dementia units within 3 extended care facilities in 2 states. The intervention included the introduction of an aquarium into each common dining area. A total increase of 196.9 g of daily food intake (25.0%) was noted from baseline to the end of the 10-week study. Resident body weight increased an average of 2.2 pounds during the study. Eight of 70 residents experienced a weight loss (=1.89 lbs). People with advanced dementia responded to aquariums in their environment documenting that attraction to the natural environment is so innate that it survives dementia.
Relaxing with nature : a music video
Commune with nature, enhanced with beautiful music.  
Contents: 1. Kennerton Green - 7 minutes. A classic display garden at Mittagong, NSW -- 2. Tropical fish - 7 minutes. Colour, serenity and easy listening music. -- 3. Relaxing by the Billabong - 9 minutes.  Enjoy the birdlife and water scenes. -- 4. Relaxing by the ocean - 17 mins;  A grouping of 4 segments of fascinating wave action, an exercise in meditation. -- 5. Tropical fish 2 - 3 minutes.  A different setting and just as enjoyable. -- 6. Relaxing with Dolphins - 14 minues.  Be mesmerised by the slow, gliding action of dolphins playing in the bow wave of a boat.

The Tea Group and S.E.R.V.E. : two small groups for persons with dementia
minimal cost, no need for special training, increases social abilities , helps decrease behaviors of concern,  if you keep a log book - helps as an assessment tool,
helps staff to learn more about the person with dementia thus promoting person centred care
Persons with late stage dementia do not cope well in the regular activity programs offered within a facility, or in an environment that is fast-paced and highly stimulating.
The Tea Group and S.E.R.V.E. are specifically designed to consider the level of cognition and capacity for socialisation of residents with late stage dementia.
The benefits of these groups are priceless: residents with dementia socialise and experience feeling useful and successful, which improves their quality of life; staff learn more about the residents' personalities, past lives and present abilities, which can improve their daily interactions.

Meaningful activities for people with dementia
This DVD is clearly set out and would be a great aid to training. It covers activities for both early and late stage dementia as well as touching on behaviors of concern. Some of the activities include doll and pet therapy, gardening and cooking - showing how to incorporate different sensory aspects such as smell and touch. The format includes summaries in point form.
Contents: 1. Dementia and it’s symptoms -- Types of dementia -- behaviors of concern 2. Needs of clients -- activities of daily living -- Assessing individual needs -- Emotional and physical well being -- 3. Planning meaningful activities -- Person centered care as a basis for developing individual activity plans -- 4. Activities: a. Group activities or individual -- Strength building -- news and views -- gardening -- cooking -- sensory activities -- other activities -- b. Activities for advanced dementia:doll therapy -- pet therapy -- reminiscing -- group activities and interacting with the community for people with early stage dementia -- 5. Summary. Teacher's Notes of same title in Kit and from

Inspire me : activities for people living with dementia
The inspiring DVD, suitable for residential and community care and activities staff, presents activities and how they are affected by dementia. It highlights the need for person-centred activities and demonstrates how modifying your approach, the task, the environment and equipment can lead to success for a person living with dementia. Balancing rights and risks, evaluating and documenting activities are also briefly presented in this Australian program.
Contents: Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. -- Understanding the person -- Chapter 3. Things I can adapt -- My approach -- The task -- The environment and equipment -- Chapter 4. Balancing risks and rights -- Chapter 5. Evaluating activities -- Chapter 6. Conclusions


Designed for the Lovers of Crosswords
the themes includes:  

Building a Garden Wall (12words)

The Things Gardeners Do (14words)

Old Fashioned Garden Flowers (8words)


Cooking Pumpkin Soup (14words)

Making Orange Juice (12words)

Enjoying a Cup of Tea (17words)


 Hobbies (16words)

Sewing Notions (17words)

A Cricket Match (16words)


 On the Farm (13words)

A Rainy Day (13words)

What Bird is That? (17words)
Oranges and lemons [DVD] - we also have

by Judi Parkinson
4 themed movies and a crozzle activity. These image presentations are an alternative activity for the care-recipients, including people with Alzheimer's disease, to share during recreational times with their family, friends and care-givers. They are designed for generic reflection, engagement, social identification, reminiscence and quiet enjoyment.
Contents: Oranges and Lemons growing -- Cooking, Chopping Fruit, -- Making Marmalade -- Other Citrus Fruit, -- Botanical Gardens' Trees -- Orange & Yellow colour themes -- Flowers close-up -- Children drinking Orange Juice -- Baking & Decorating a Pavlova -- An Orange & Lemon Medley 10Mins Listed & Additional activities Fun & reminiscent -- Making Marmalade 10Mins Procedural & reminiscent -- Making Pavlova 8Mins Procedural & Relaxing -- Making Marmalade 10word Crozzle with Picture Clues

Aniseed balls, billy carts and clothes lines : an abc of growing up in the thirties [book and CD set]
by Roly ChapmanRoly Chapman was born to English parents in Auchenflower, Brisbane in 1926. His reminiscences of growing up in the 1930s will bring a smile to many readers both young and old.
With chapters covering diverse and intriguing subjects such as The Flicks, Cracker Night, The Ekka, Hawking and Spitting, Made in Japan, The Rat Gang, Jargon, and Dunnies and Dunny men, there are lots of laughs and many memories awaiting rediscovery.
The entertaining topics are also of historical interest, documenting aspects of every day life in the 1930s that today have been all but forgotten and are quite foreign to children of the 21st century.

I remember that : memories of everyday Australia in the 20th century : volume one [includes DVD, guide, cards, facilitator prompts] "I Remember That!" is a nostalgic video program that brings back memories of the "good old days!" It features hundreds of images of things that used to be a part of daily life … many of which disappeared decades ago. Although primarily designed as a resource for aged care - especially in therapy for memory loss - you don’t have to be old - or suffer from dementia - to enjoy all the fun!  "I Remember That!" is now being used as a reminiscing tool by carers and therapists at home or in aged care facilities across Australia, especially to help anyone suffering from Dementia. Many carers and therapists have reported how much therapy and enjoyment it’s generated for everyone. "I Remember That!" is an essential resource for aged care, an excellent trigger for reminiscing.

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