Keeping Busy: A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia

Keeping Busy: A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia

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by James R. Dowling
     
 

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Although very little can be done to alter the course of dementia, much can be done to maximize the quality of life of people with the condition. Research as well as practical experience suggest that behavior management, especially through programs that provide meaningful and constructive activity, is currently the most effective treatment.

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Overview

Although very little can be done to alter the course of dementia, much can be done to maximize the quality of life of people with the condition. Research as well as practical experience suggest that behavior management, especially through programs that provide meaningful and constructive activity, is currently the most effective treatment.

In Keeping Busy, James Dowling describes a variety of activities designed to bring meaning and enjoyment to the lives of persons with dementia. The activities are organized by general categories such as music, exercise, horticulture, pets, humor, and social events. The largest section deals with communication and includes word games that help people strengthen their remaining verbal skills. The description of each activity includes step-by-step instructions, as well as tips on how to adapt it for small or large groups, for individuals at home or in an organization, or people who are bedridden.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
The principle of encouraging people suffering from dementia to engage in empowering and normalizing activity has long been established, and here is a set of suggestions for specific activities and how to implement them, drawn from experiences at the Alzheimer's Care Center in Gardiner, Maine. They include word games, music, art, cooking, gardening, pets, and spirituality. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

While little can be done for the disease of dementia itself, much can be done to help direct the quality of life of the persons with the disease, and Keeping Busy succeeds in providing ideas for improving the quality of life for the Alzheimer patient.

Connections from the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Provides detailed information about programming activities and developing an atmosphere that is responsive to patients with dementia. Topics include exercise, horticulture, communication, pets, humor, social events, and music. Each description include the rationale for the activity and some of the trial and error involved in developing the activity. Colorful anecdotes enliven the text and illustrate both successes and limitations.

OT Week

A practical, compassionate book that offers a variety of activities for people with dementia that can help improve their quality of life... The books closes with an appendix of 'good catalogs' that offer resources for caregivers of people with cognitive impairments or dementia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801895975
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,294,035
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Nancy Mace

James Dowling's important goal in Keeping Busy is to provide hands-on information for truly therapeutic activities for persons with dementia. He has succeeded brilliantly and made a substantial contribution to the field. Dowling describes a series of activities designed to reduce problem behaviors and give meaning to life. They do not require expensive gadgets, elaborate preparation, or special training. Here is a sound theory, genuine compassion for impaired people, and a wonderful sense of the joy of life.

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