April 06, 2017

Relaxation and dementia; an ideal program for reducing anxiety ...

These articles and  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 

Articles from  Activities Directors Quarterly

Animal assisted therapy and people with dementia 
see how trips to the zoo and animals  such as dogs and cats in the home or residential care home can reduce yelling and screaming and abusive behaviors towards nurising staff and lower heart rates of people with dementia ..(.p 7) 

books include:

Animal assisted therapy : pet therapy : in dementia care
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services Vic
Animal Assisted Therapy has often been applied effectively as a non pharmacological intervention for people that have diminished life skills due to dementia for example: social withdrawal, poor long or short term memory, reduced communication skills as well as reducing BPSD such as: Apathy, vocalising, aggressive behaviour, restlessness. wandering and intrusion.

Animal-assisted brief therapy : a solution-focused approach

Animal Assisted Activities/Therapy- a

begin and maintain an effective treatment program that meaningfully merges dogs and other therapy animals with Solution-Focused Therapy . 
The book explains how this loving and patient therapy for clients need not be the difficult challenge that it at first appears to be. This resource takes you step by step through the process, showing what practical strategies can be used to offset most obstacles and unknowns. 

2nd article 
Relaxation and dementia; an ideal program for reducing anxiety 
There is a relationship between relaxation and stress and by setting the tone for the intervention  
learn how using:
  • ·         Guided imagery
  • ·         Progressive muscle relaxation and
  • ·         chair tai chi

people with moderate dementia had decreased heart rate and increased calmness    (p 41)

you can also borrow

Stronger seniors : yoga chair exercise
This program is designed to help seniors develop strength and enhance the ability to function in daily life. This beginning yoga program improves respiration and circulation and reduces tension. Stronger Seniors Yoga Chair Exercise will help to increase balance, flexibility, and strength. Yoga incorporates simple mind/body exercises focusing on breath and relaxation which help to reduce stress. 

BalanceThese exercises are targeted for all older people .  They are designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and sense of balance through practise of a variety of functional  tasks.  These tasks can be easily duplicated in the home or community setting.

Tai Chair
Tai Chair is a series of exercises targeted for all older people. They are designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination and sense of balance through practise of a variety of functional tasks.

A guide to meditation


Is your filled with chaos and stress, often leaving you with an inability to focus? In less time than you would spend on a coffee break, you can fill your day with calm, balance, and serenity.
Five good minutes in your body : 100 mindful practices to help you accept yourself & feel at home in your body
 Collection of easy mindfulness practices to help you recharge your body, accept yourself, and release tension and stress.

The relaxation therapy manual

Written for people who already possess skills, this complete guidebook will enable them to use relaxation techniques with both individuals and groups.  Divided into four parts, this manual provides essential background information, covers a variety of relaxation techniques, examines the application of relaxation therapy and outlines an eight-week relaxation course.  This valuable course contains a week-by-week guide to teaching people relaxation skills and includes session plans, photocopiable handouts and exercises.

Social workers, nurses occupational therapists and care workers who require training in teaching relaxation or who would like to refine their techniques will find this manual immensely useful in dealing with the essential skills.
What works to promote emotional wellbeing older people : a guide for aged care staff working in community or residential care settings
This booklet has been designed for staff working in community or residential aged care services.

It covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression.

These interventions are grouped by type, for example, physical activity interventions, and interventions to do with music and the arts.

Some interventions are supported by a lot of scientific evidence, but others are not.
This booklet summarises the strength of evidence for the use of each intervention in each setting, and whether its usefulness has been shown for promoting emotional wellbeing, as well as specifically for anxiety and depression.

Most sections include a short case study to demonstrate how the interventions may be used with older people in aged care settings. The booklet also includes a list of interventions that staff may want to consider if their clients or residents have dementia or memory loss. Finally, this booklet provides some advice to community and residential care staff on how to plan an evaluation of whether or not an intervention has made a difference.

The booklet focuses on psychosocial interventions that can be used in community settings or residential care. Psychosocial interventions include any interventions that emphasise psychological or social approaches, rather than biological interventions such as medications.

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