January 23, 2018

resources for diversional therapists to use with groups - Reading and Painting

*these are available to members of dementia Australia NSW by mailing NSW.Library@dementia.org.au


A bevy of blue
A Bevy of Blue: Picture Book for people with Dementia, Seniors & Others (Level 2 Book). 
This is one of a series of picture books for people with dementia (or those with Alzheimer's), adults and seniors that have trouble reading. If your loved one is overwhelmed by 'normal' books but spry enough to feel offended with books labeled as dementia books or by being given a children's book, this is your answer. This book helps those who have a hard time reading in several ways:
Each book in this series is themed around one color. A Bevy of Blue has photos featuring beautiful blue elements from around the world. From charming blue mailboxes in Italy to exquisite blue homes in the Yucatan; from the adorable Blue-footed Booby bird to sparkling blue ice caves in Nepal. Those with dementia, Alzheimer's or senior reading struggles can find joy in 'reading' a book that does not need for them to follow a story.
*The book is formatted to look like a 'normal' book. It is designed for adults, without any child-like wording or features. This allows your loved one to feel proud to own it as part of their book collection.
* Neither the title nor any text on or in the book states that the book is for dementia or any type of memory/cognitive problems. It is truly concealed so that the reader is not insulted.
* This is a nice, good-sized 8.5 x 8.5 square book with 98 pages that is large enough to really be able to take in the photos, without feeling 'huge'. The soft cover makes it easy to hold. This is not a heavy hard-cover, nor it is a 'board book' that seniors can find condescending.
*The short picture descriptions are in large 16 px text. There are 1 to 3 short sentences per picture. Within each picture description, the word 'blue' appears 1 time, to keep the reader on track.
* Each photo (and short text) is only located on the right page of this book. The reader can focus on one image at a time without distraction.
Please note: This is a Level 2 book, which primarily focuses on being a book of photos, along with short accompanying text.

The sandy shoreline
his is one of a series of books for people with dementia or Alzheimer's, seniors with trouble reading and others who would benefit with 'easy read' books that are formatted for adults. It offers self-esteem and self-confidence to former bookworms who now struggle with "regular" books. 
 Neither the title nor any text on or in the book states that the book is for dementia or any type of memory/cognitive problems; It is truly concealed so that the reader is not insulted.

Read a bit! Talk a bit!


Read a bit! Talk a bit! Series now including 

Read a bit! Talk a bit! Car

 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.

other titles include:
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! cake 
  •   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 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Stamps 
  •  Read a bit! Talk a bit! Teddy bear 

Reading in the moment - activities and stories to share with adults with dementia
Studies have shown that reading in a melodic and rhythmic voice can produce positive changes in mood, emotion and behaviour in those with dementia. This technique - known as bibliotherapy - is used in this book and has been tailored to help those who grew up during the 1930s through to the 1960s, as well providing for people of all cultures. 
While traditional literature, such as Dickens and Shakespeare, might be beyond the literacy skills of many readers, and while poetry may not interest all, this book presents short stories, prose prompts and biographies which are written in a rhythmic and lyrical way to make communicating easier and more enjoyable. A focus on using short sentences, repeated language features and striking imagery which appeals to all the senses captures moments in time or action - short stories which are printed in large, clear font to suit readers who have limited vision or who may struggle to maintain attention; and language to suit a lower reading level, but appropriate and respectful of adult readers. The book is designed to be used by people who have some experience in working with clients who have dementia, but who do not have specific training in bibliotherapy. They may be running a group session, working in a library or caring for a family member at home. There is a need for 'reading in the moment' - sharing a story, a piece of prose, a biography - for the simple pleasure of sharing a moment in time together.


The hen that laid the golden omelette : a guide to art classes for people with dementia: the experiences and learning of two volunteers over ten years
Even when the memory and senses fail, people with dementia may experience the joy of creativity through watercolour painting. This is the liberating message of Barbara Davison and Barbara Potter's inspiring Sefton Art Project. In The Hen that Laid the Golden Omelette, the outline the philosophy and techniques that evolved during their ten years of assisting people with dementia to express themselves in watercolour. Illustrated with the exuberant and often moving images of the artists themselves, this book challenges the assumption that people with dementia can no longer live productive lives and offers practical advice to those who may follow in their path.

I remember better when I paint : treating Alzheimer's through the creative arts Initiatives that get people with Alzheimer's involved in art and creative workshops are producing remarkably posistive results. Dozen of day care centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are using drawing, painting and museum visits as effective therapies, making it possible to improve the quality of life and restore a dialogue between caregivers and families. Scientists have discovered that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease. Today experts recognize the benefits of these new approaches that dramatically change the way we look at the disease. Plus seven special features showing the new creative therapies : Recreating Social Bonds (6 min.), Organizing A Creative Workshop (7 min.), Organizing An Outing (9 min.), The Importance Of Physical Exercise (5 min.), The Memory Garden (11 min.), The Hearthstone Way (9 min.), Art & Care Until The Last Stages (7 min.) 

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