November 02, 2015

Reminiscing tools to be used by carers and therapists at home or in aged care facilities across

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The Reminiscence Trainer's Pack: For Use in Health, Housing, Social Care and Arts Organisations, Colleges, Libraries and Museums, Volunteers' and Carers' Agencies

Reminiscence can enrich relationships and enhance caring. The pack aims to equip trainers in a variety of settings, sectors and service agencies primarily concerned with older people. The training is designed to introduce reminiscence workers to the theory and practice.

Contents: Introduction -- Aims and objectives -- Using the teaching pack -- Programmes -- 1. What is reminiscence? -- 2. Why reminisce? -- 3. Reminiscence work in small groups (1) -- 4. Reminiscence work in small groups (2) -- 5. Reminiscence work with individuals -- 6. Reminiscence work with people with dementia (1) -- 7. Reminiscence work with people with dementia (2) -- 8. Reminiscing with people with hearing, sight and speech disabilities -- 9. Reminiscing with people with learning disabilities -- 10. Reminiscing with people with depression and with people who have a terminal illness -- 11. Reminiscing with people from ethnic minorities -- 12. Consolidating skills and sustaining good practice -- Evaluation forms -- References -- Certificate of attendance

Remembering home : rediscovering the self in dementia

Remembering Home provides a compelling argument that home is one of the most enduring and important concepts in the minds and hearts of people with dementia. It is a timely and practical guide to working with memories of home and should be required reading for anyone who works with people who have dementia."

Aniseed balls, billy carts and clothes lines : an abc of growing up in the thirties [book and CD set]
by Roly Chapman
Roly 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.

 The activity and reminiscence handbook : hundreds of ideas in 52 weekly sessions [Book and CD-Rom]
by Danny Walsh
Hundreds of activity ideas in 52 weekly sessions. Containing 52 sections of ideas and resource materials for each week of the year, this is an invaluable resource for activity organisers and group leaders in residential, day care and hospitals, and for anyone working with older people. There is a theme for each week, eg., animals and pets, with corresponding ideas for social events, reminiscence, exercises and games, quizzes, art and crafts, as well as 'this week in history', 'good ideas', 'discussion topics', 'homework' and the option to personalise the week by recording local anniversaries and events alongside personal landmarks and details. The ideas are easy to use and are relevant for both groups and individuals, including those with mental health and cognitive problems. Some activities require some physical effort, others mental effort, but they are all adaptable to be fun and achievable. This book also includes an introduction to the nature and value of reminiscence and activities, and guidelines on 'how to do it'.

Therapeutic groupwork for people with cognitive losses : working with people with dementiaby Mike Bender
Focusing on developing a therapeutic relationship in a group setting and on improving the quality of life for those with cognitive loss, this practical manual:
•Provides a framework - based on theory, clinical experience and research - within which effective groups can be run for people with cognitive losses
•Contains hands-on advice on how to plan, prepare, run and evaluate group sessions. This resource will develop your understanding of working with groups, what makes them effective, and the skills needed for group leadership
•Enables you to translate clients' interests and needs into possible sessions and to evaluate whether individual or groupwork would be more appropriate
•Includes groups for people with mild to severe cognitive loss, as well as the various types of sessions, such as those concerned with the present (eg, problem-solving), the past (eg, reminiscence), and the practical (eg, craft and music).
This book is an excellent resource for staff of all units caring for people with cognitive losses, such as day centres and day hospitals, residential and nursing homes, and for trainees and students of nursing, social work and occupational therapy.

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