July 08, 2015

resources for diversional therapists to use with groups - Australian Content for July till December

if you need to program activities for the next 6 months check out these resources
Starting Points are practical and inspirational books for all those working in the leisure, recreation and health fields. The books contains daily program and activity suggestions suitable for a wide range of people including activity co-ordinators and facilitators, diversional therapists, carers, volunteers and family members.  There are two books in this series. Starting Points, Book 1 provides program and activity ideas for each day of the first half of the year while Book 2 focuses on daily events for the second half of the year.   Activity and program ideas cover areas such as creativity, spirituality, reminiscence, word games and puzzles, quizzes, gardening, cooking and craft, community based activities, humour, physical activity and exercise, special days and themes.
Starting points : Book 1, January - June

Starting points : Book 2, July - December
A wealth of experience: a guide to activities for older people

This practical Australian manual contains hundreds of creative ideas and everyday activities to assist you to improve the lives of older people. It will help to revitalise recreation and activity programs in nursing homes, hostels and community centres. Most of the activities are already interesting to older people - gardening, cooking, word games, music and parties. There is a strong multicultural approach to many of the activities and excellent new material for use with people who have dementia.

Read a bit! Talk a bit!

 This is a series of reading activity books intended for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The books start with a short article or story for the participants to read, followed by a number of questions for the facilitator to ask. These questions are formulated to engage the participants in conversation and to encourage personal and meaningful reminiscences to flow.
 All the reading pages are in large type, 50 pt, and the text is only on one page per spread in order to help the individual to concentrate on the text and to minimize the constraints of visual impairment.
Memories recalled from earlier in life are often very therapeutic for people with dementia. They provide opportunities for positive and meaningful engagement with the past.
Remembering increases self esteem and a feeling of positive worth as the participants recall personal experiences. There are 10 books and they achieve this thanks to the range of familiar topics and questions to prompt and encourage discussion.
  • Read a bit! Talk a bit! cake 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Car 
  •   Read a bit! Talk a bit! Cat 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Chickens!  
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Dog 
  •   Read a bit! Talk a bit! Films at the movies  
  •   Read a bit! Talk a bit! Garden 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Lawnmower 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Money 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Pencil 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Perfume 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Safety pin! 
  •   Read a bit! Talk a bit! Sandwich! 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Scissors! 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Soup - (think winter)
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Stamps 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Teddy bear 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Telephone
Chocolate rainPractical creative tools to start using now, abundantly illustrated directions for activities, overflowing with easy to apply creative ideas.
At last a book for those hungry for creative activity ideas for people living with dementia and particularly those with advanced dementia! It is practical, inspiring and has a good mix of simple everyday things to do as well as more structured arts-based activities.

Chocolate Rain is for those working in residential care, day care and at home who seek creative solutions to improving the wellbeing of people living with dementia. It is suitable for those with limited experience, including family members, because the suggestions are practical and focus on what can be achieved; and for more experienced practitioners by offering opportunities to communicate more imaginatively and effectively. Each of these ideas has been successfully applied across a full range of dementia care situations. 
  **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

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