February 11, 2016

Remembering Yesterday Caring Today - using reminiscence

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

Book review : Remembering yesterday, caring today : reminiscence in dementia care a guide to good practice

We all assume that reminiscing activities for people with early stage- mid stage dementia have positive outcomes. However for real evidence and guidance on how this can occur this book is really useful and filled with tried and true methods. The title of the book is the name of a wonderful project that involves the dementia clients, their carers, workers and volunteers. The people involved in the project meet many times and report their findings both positive and negative. This book records how using a series of reminiscing sessions based on retracing the life course these teams have very positive and enjoyable outcomes for carers and the client. The book is illustrated with photographs showing how the teams worked and one can see how using these methods how they all had a memorable time. The concept of working with both the client and the carer show the true benefit of a dual-purpose activity.
Chapters 1-3 cover the current theories on reminiscence therapy, which give credence to doing this type of work with clients. The topic headings and contents for the sessions that retrace the life course provide lots of ideas that could easily be adapted to the Australian culture eg “Starting work and working lives”, “going out and having fun”. There is also a great session on “reminiscence alone” groups.
This practical book is a very useful tool for dementia care workers and practitioners and students of recreation for people with dementia.
Lauretta Kaldor
Personal life history booklet
by Kate Gregory
A person’s life represents the accumulation of a wealth of experiences which form their social and life history. Every person’s memories are unique to that individual. This booklet has been designed to collect the unique social and life history of an individual with dementia. This life history will help individualise the care of the person with dementia and maintain their identity. It will also help people caring for the individual to know them and develop strong relationships with them.

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.

Reminiscing Handbook
Benevolent Society
Contents: What is reminiscence therapy? -- The benefits of reminiscing -- It’s all in the approach: Engaging older people -- Tips on approaching reminiscing -- The five senses -- The importance of ‘touch’ -- Reminiscing: difficult, sad or distressing emotions -- Engaging a person is a reminiscing session -- Reminiscing one-on-one -- Tips for successful conversation -- Reminiscing with groups -- Suggestions for group work -- The importance of objects -- Reminiscing kits -- Creating a kit -- Other types of reminiscing activities and materials -- Other opportunities to reminisce -- Themes ‘A life story’ – References

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.


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...
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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