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Books, Articles & DVDs
Tapping Into Dementia Patients' Memories Through Vaudeville
This is an article about the Vaudeville Visits program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., which is run by Healthy Humor, a national nonprofit that primarily sends clowns to pediatric units in hospitals.
New York Times
Dementia Action Alliance
The Dementia Action Alliance is a coalition of passionate people creating a better society for people living with dementia and those who care about them.
AlzhaTV – The First Social Media for Alzheimer’s
The AlzhaTV social media is for Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients who are living either independently in the community, or are residing at assisted living facilities
or are in nursing homes.
Compassionate Touch: How Skilled Human Touch Can Transform Person-centered Dementia Care
An approach to care that assists providers in adopting person-centered practices, reducing the use of antipsychotic medications, and integrating non-pharmacologic approaches to meet the psychosocial and behavioral health needs of elders with dementia.
ArtFusion - A Non Pharmacologic Approach to Dementia
Alternative approaches to dementia care through the creative arts
The Alzheimer’s Association
Music and Memory
A non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
Pines of Sarasota Education Institute
A regional training center for medical professionals, paraprofessionals and at home caregivers in order to provide cutting edge education
and training for a broad range of medical interests, which will improve the quality of care for seniors in residential and home based settings.
Additionally, there is a freely accessible Pines of Sarasota YouTube Channel that
has many English and Spanish videos about person-centered care.
The Villages of Southern Hills - A Champion for Change
Leadership and care providers at the Villages of Southern Hills in Tulsa, OK support a national and state initiative to reduce
unnecessary antipsychotic medication. In this video, you'll meet Bill, and hear how his providers engaged him in the decision
to reduce and ultimately eliminate the antipsychotics he had been on for years.
SAIDO at Eliza Jennings
The SAIDO method involves a caregiver (called a “Supporter”) trained to work with two older adults (called “Learners”) by engaging
them in simple arithmetic, writing and reading exercises for 30 minutes. Eliza Jennings is the first location in the United States
to offer SAIDO Learning for improving the quality of life for older adults suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other symptoms of dementia.
For Elders With Dementia, Musical Awakenings
Story on the use of music for nursing home residents with dementia.
National Public Radio
The Farm at Arroyo Grande Care Center
A nursing home in California has built a fully-accessible community garden for residents to grow and harvest their own produce and donate it to citizens
in need. Click the following link for a short YouTube documentary of this amazing program: Harvesting Purpose.
Helping Hands at Mission View Health Center
A health center reintroducing meaning and a feeling of purpose to residents through a community project entitled, “Helping Hands Hand Soap.” This non-profit business is run
entirely by residents. All proceeds go to local charities which are chosen by the residents. Click the following links to watch a wonderful two-part YouTube presentation of this great program: Part 1,
Awakenings at Ecumen
A nursing home that utilizes alternative treatments to re-awaken residents to physical and cognitive vitality and provide these residents with a better quality of
life that’s often been severely diminished by an inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs.
Dementia: A Public Health Priority
A report to raise awareness of dementia as a public health priority, to articulate a public health approach and to advocate for action at international and national levels.
World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International
Latest findings in a series of guides that address issues faced by older adults and their families.
Institute for Aging Research
Transforming Long-Term Care
Every long-term care setting has the potential to foster healthier and happier lives for the older adults who reside there. Mental health practitioners are uniquely
positioned to serve as critical change agents in these communities. This book shows how mental health practitioners can use their full range of skills to create
systems that are more supportive and engaging for residents, while also providing the staff with greater opportunities for professional growth and meaning. To
illustrate what is possible, the authors explore an innovative practice model that incorporates consultation, training, and interdisciplinary team leadership, in
addition to traditional direct care services, to enhance the well-being of older adult residents. Readers will also find practical information about Medicare and
reimbursement for direct mental health services.
(Book) Kelly O’Shea Carney, PhD, ABPP, CMC and Margaret P. Norris, PhD
Alzheimer's Video: A Marriage to Remember
A short documentary, exploring how Alzheimer’s disease has revealed the strength of his parent's marriage.
Banker White (filmmaker)
Sleuthing Troublesome Behaviors
An article that describes the process for revealing the reasons behind troublesome behaviors, associated with Alzheimer’s disease
(Article) Raia, P. Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association Chapter Newsletter; Spring 2005.
Habilitation Therapy: A New Starscape
A book chapter depicting a new paradigm that places emphasis on active treatment of the symptoms of the dementia through a careful focus on
the utilization of those capacities that remain, particularly the person’s psychological capacity.
(Book chapter) Raia, P. In: Volicer L, Bloom-Charette L, editors. Enhancing the Quality of Life in Advanced Dementia. Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis; 1999. pp. 21–37.
Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care
An electronic book that challenges all care providers, working with individuals that are living with dementia, to undertake a true operational change
in the provision of care, including a decrease in the need for mood-altering drugs.
(Book) Power, G. A. Health Professions Press; 2010.
A CD that has learning tools for families who have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders.
Bathing Without a Battle DVD and CD-ROM
CD ROM/DVD for purchase from Pioneer Network
Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers
A book about how to look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s and focus energy on creating moments of joy.
(Book) Brackey, J. Purdue University Press; 2008
This site lists doctors who are members of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP).
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
Portal of Online Geriatric Education
This website provides a free public repository of a growing collection of geriatric
educational materials. Visitors to the site can search for key words such as
“antipsychotics” to get a variety of links to podcasts, presentations, peer
reviewed articles, and more.
A not-for-profit organization based on the core belief that aging should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period
of decline. Through education, consultation, and outreach, Eden offers person-directed principles and practices that support the unique needs
of different living environments.
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