Creating Moments of Joy: A Journal for Caregivers

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Jolene Brackey has a vision. A vision that will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. But if you think about it, our memory is made up of moments, too. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with someone who has dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment; a moment that puts a smile on their face, a twinkle in their ...
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Overview

Jolene Brackey has a vision. A vision that will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. But if you think about it, our memory is made up of moments, too. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with someone who has dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment; a moment that puts a smile on their face, a twinkle in their eye, or triggers a memory. Five minutes later, they won't remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557534620
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 331
  • Sales rank: 42,694
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer' special care unit as an activity director. She didn't know what Alzheimer's was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer's journey. Jolene and her husband, Troy, live in Polson, Montana with their children Sidney, Taylor, and Keegan.
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Table of Contents

Understanding the person with Alzheimer's
Not forgotten 20
Powerful tools that create positive outcomes
Remember their greatness 24
Live their truth 28
Universal reasons 32
"I want to go home" 38
Sense of belonging 42
Stop correcting them 44
You are wrong, they are right 50
"Give me that" 54
The rooster 56
Blame it on something or someone else 58
Let's talk communication
Be like a duck 64
Let's talk communication 66
Creative communication 70
Quality connections 74
Magic words 78
Repeat, repeat, repeat 80
"The spin" 82
Take action! 84
Illusion of choice 88
Kick starting 90
Your mood affects their mood 94
White on white 96
Look good, feel good, play good 98
Power of touch 100
Be like the sun 106
Memory enhanced environments
It's time to move 110
Pack your suitcase 114
Create a safe heaven 118
"Where's my room?" 124
Sparking fond memories 128
Life reflection 132
Replacing priceless treasures 134
Habits of a lifetime 138
Music does wonders 142
A commercial about TV 146
Ring, ring, ring 150
Where's the outhouse? 154
It's Saturday night! : bath time 160
Suppertime!!!!! 168
Sundowning 180
Get your Zzz's 184
Enhanced moments
Simple pleasures 192
You've got mail! 194
"Help me" 198
When in doubt...laugh 200
Share your life 202
Drink up 206
Saturate their obsessions 210
Walking, walking, walking 214
Wandering 218
Spread holidays throughout the year 220
Keys to visiting 224
Windows in the brain 230
"Who are you?" 234
Show of affection 238
"Honey" "dearie" "sweetie" 242
Outings with less stress 244
Saying goodbye 248
Face the challenges losing items, hitting 252
Intimacy 258
Moments of discomfort 262
Letting go of expectations 266
Good dementia, bad dementia 270
Spiritual well-being 274
Breaking of bread 280
Find the blessing 284
Taking care of yourself 288
Helping hands 290
Final moments 294
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2008

    MANY Moments of Joy

    It would be easy to wax poetic on the value of this book, but easier still to just say that today I created a moment of joy for my brilliant, agitated, befuddled father-in-law, who is suffering from dementia and progressive aphasia. If you have a loved one - ANY loved one - who suffers from the cruelty of dementia, no matter what stage he or she is in, I cannot emphasize enough these three words: READ THIS BOOK. It will change you, and whatever precious time you have left, by creating many moments of joy in your loved one's heart, and yours.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

    great book

    I wish I would have had this book 2 years ago. It has been soooo bene
    ficial in understanding dementia and the people who are plagued with it. The chapters are short enough, the information is easy to understand. The writer made me laugh at times. It was also very thought provoking. I want to buy it for other friends and family. I recommended it to a nursing school instructor for her students.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Best easy to relate to most realistic Alz. book I have ever read.

    I am a Stated Tested Nursing Assistant and have been one for 13 years, I am currently working on my activity directors certification. I normally work an Alz unit at a nursing home but have worked on ICF and Skilled units also. I believe that this should be required reading for anyone who has to deal with dementia residents. It is very easy to relate to and very realistic. It is a book that both staff and families should be encouraged to read. It is written in a very down to earth manner and broken down so well that everyone of any education and intellect will benefit from the messages it imparts. The author obviously knows what she is talking about, and truly cares about her patients, she relates humorous tidbits while sharing the important knowledge that she has to impart. This book is worth every dollar.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended--Must reading from beginning of diagnosis to end

    This book is not only helpful, it is very upbeat. I wish I had known about it when my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimers. Even so, it helped me so much even in the latter stages--moreso than the other clinical, depressing other books I've read. I have given many copies to family members. In fact, I'm about to order three more! I wish it had been required reading for the staff on Alzheimer's unit at my mother's nursing home! It would have been a much happier place and more comfortable for the residents.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    My Grandfather liked it.

    This book was a gift for my grandfather who takes care of my grandmother with dementia. He said that it was helpful in understanding the nature of her condition which really makes both of thier lives easier.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2013

    I work with families of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease

    I work with families of those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and this book is one I recommend to everyone. Our company has a training program to teach staff about caring for someone with dementia and this book condenses that program into book form. I gave this book to my mother when she was struggling to care for her husband with dementia and she quickly utilized the suggestions. Don't hesitate to buy this for yourself or someone you care about!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    I highly recommend this book

    I have read several books on the topic of Alzheimer's and Dementia. This book offers many pracical suggestions for caregivers and loved ones that are dealing with a family member or friend who has this disease. I have been able to alter my approach in dealing with my mother from grieving for what is lost to trying to create small moments of joy for her as often as I can. She may not remember what I said 10 minutes later, but she does seems to remember how I made her feel. I have recommended this book to my brothers, father and to many friends who are also dealing with this issue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    This book was given out at my mother's nursing home when Jolene

    This book was given out at my mother's nursing home when Jolene Brackey came to speak. What a pot of gold she was! Animated, funny, and so obviously caring, she gave out armloads of info, advice, examples, and hope. Her book is a gem for anyone dealing with a dementia patient, especially for those new at it who are just as confused and flustered as the patient. Short, easy-to-understand chapters of what works and what doesn't, tips, advice, things to try to help ease the stresses of dementia care and of being a dementia patient. Brackey's style is warm and friendly, she's speaking directly to as she gives us advice on what to do when the patient is "robbed," how to get them through a shower without a fight, how to get them to eat, how to work with them and not push what you want, and perhaps most important, how to bring bits of joy into a difficult situation. Wish I knew about this book five years ago.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    immensely helpful....a must read for Caregivers!

    If you want to live in harmony with your loved one and enhance all lives concerned......the author, Jolene Brackey, shares her gift of how to relate to dementia patients. Let them be the teacher and base your actions on their feelings. Jolene writes with compassion as she shares her experience and arms the reader with techniques to create joy in the moment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Love this book! A must for caregivers!

    This book talks about creating that one moment of joy, of connection for our LO. They may not connect with you, but they connect with what they sense. Sure they'er going to forget it shortly after it happens, but for that moment, that instant, you've given them something priceless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Help for families and caregivers of someone with Alzheimers

    I purchased this book for the family and also the caregiver of my sister who has Alzheimers. They have found it very helpful and it should be included in the library of any person caring for someone with dementia.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommend

    great ideas and projects to help keep your dementia patient involved.

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