January 12, 2016

summer reading for healthcare professionals and others - to help create better lives for people with dementia

*these 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

Forget memory : creating better lives for people with dementia

Memory loss can be one of the most terrifying aspects of a diagnosis of dementia. Yet the fear and dread of losing our memory make the experience of the disease worse than it needs to be, according to cultural critic and playwright Anne Davis Basting. She says, Forget memory. Basting emphasizes the importance of activities that focus on the present to improve the lives of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
Based on ten years of practice and research in the field, Basting's study includes specific examples of innovative programs that stimulate growth, humour, and emotional connection; translates into accessible language a wide range of provocative academic works on memory; and addresses how advances in medical research and clinical practice are already pushing radical changes in care for persons with dementia.
Bold, optimistic, and innovative, Basting's cultural critique of dementia care offers a vision for how we can change the way we think about and care for people with memory loss...
10 helpful hints for dementia design at home : practical design solutions for carers living at home with someone who has dementia
It provides simple and practical design solutions to adapt the living environment for people with dementia so that they can live independently for as long as possible.
Covering topics such as lighting, interior décor, sound and use of assistive technology it gives advice on how these elements can be used to their best advantage in the homes of people living with dementia
from Teepa Snow
The combination of Teepa Snow’s been-there-done-that skills and her formal training as an Occupational Therapist give Teepa the credibility and experience to help caregivers with tried-and-true solutions. Teepa’s philosophy is based on years of medical research and making mistakes first-hand so perfecting a positive approach to caregiving. Her teaching style integrates facts about the brain and how it works, or doesn’t work in the case of dementia, while going in and out of character as a typical person with Alzheimer’s who has anxiety and behavioral problems
Filling the day with meaning : facilitated by Teepa Snow [DVD]DVD Features:
- 2.5 hours of tips, techniques and advice from a seasoned caregiving expert
- individual workshop chapters for quick access
- link to downloadable presentation slides for quick information recall when you're on the go
In "Filling the Day with Meaning" Teepa explains
- the difference between simple entertainment and engaging projects that stimulate brain activity
- how to create engaging and affordable activities to give back moments of joy and happiness to patients with special challenges, such as those with younger onset, tendencies for elopement, falls, and more
- how to build care partner skills
- how to create an inviting & safe environment
- which key activities to consider at different disease stages.

It's all in your approach [DVD]
Teepa Snow
- how a person with dementia perceives his/her environment and understand unusual behaviors and memory problems
- about key principles of caretaking
- better strategies to offer help when the person with dementia doesn't seem to be aware of any changes or difficulties
- Teepa's "Positive Physical Approach" to decrease the risk of distress
- about commonly occurring behaviors and recommended and preferred responses
- about the cueing sequence of Visual-Verbal-Touch especially important during later stages of the disease
- to improve communication and mutual understanding
and much more
Understanding Frontotemporal Dementias
Frontotemporal Dementias, an umbrella term for a range of disorders affecting the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, are particularly challenging for families and professional caregivers.

Odd, often impulsive behaviors and a potential loss of language are just a few of the symptoms causing frustration and anxiety.

“They might think they understand Alzheimer’s, but this isn’t Alzheimer’s. So this training helps people better understand why people with FTDs are doing what they’re doing, and more importantly, how we can help instead of getting in the way.”
Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist and noted speaker and consultant in the area of dementia. She has over thirty years experience in geriatrics.

Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care: Recognizing & Meeting Unmet Needs
Challenging Behaviors in Dementia Care: Recognizing & Meeting Unmet Needs.
Anger, physical resistance, swearing, hallucinations, and sexually undesired or surprising actions are just a few examples of the challenging situations that can occur when a person is living with dementia.
As a care provider, any of these could leave you feeling distressed, hurt, embarrassed, or unappreciated.

Would you like to know how to best respond to challenging situations?

Would you like to be able to reduce the chance of future escalations and help the person living with dementia feel at ease?
Lewy body dementia : what everyone needs to know
- about common LBD symptoms
- how to get a good and complete diagnosis
- about commonly prescribed anti-psychotic medications that can have potentially harmful or even deadly side effects if given to a person suffering from LBD. Know which medications are safer alternatives
- how to adapt your caregiving skills to the needs of a person with LBD
- how to utilize visual and verbal cues to increase understanding and cooperation
- about hands-on skills for LBD

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