‘Memory books’ can help older loved ones recall their past

'Memory books' can help older loved ones recall their past

Family photo albums can help jog an elderly friend or relative’s memories, but consider taking the photo book idea one step further: Create a “memory book” that combines personal photos with brief family stories and historical information.

These can be used to help people struggling with memory loss, and give younger family members a window into older relatives’ lives.

Memory books are also useful in helping older people introduce themselves to caregivers and provide topics for conversation, says Ann Norwich, director of the adult gerontology nurse practitioner program at York College of Pennsylvania.

By illustrating and explaining details from the person’s past, Norwich says, the books cue caregivers and other visitors to ask better questions. That can prolong positive conversation.

Read full article and learn how to begin at: Coeur d’Alene Press

Class helps dementia patients boost self-esteem with beautiful art

Andrea Koch

Andrea Koch (standing at left), of the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, instructs a group of area activities facilitators at nursing homes and assisted living residences on the benefits of Memories in the Making art classes for people with dementia. Also shown, (from left), are Kathy Bower, Debbie Koch, Kim Hewlett, Shannon Gunnell and Roxanne Padlo.

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Trash to Treasure: Why a library of abandoned #books highlights need for literature donations

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

But really, if you aren’t getting a little emotional over the recent CNN article  where Turkish garbage collectors rescued discarded books and turned them into a free public library, I’m not sure we can be friends.

According to the article, garbage collectors began collecting abandoned books they’d found, and with the help of their neighbors’ donated books, eventually had enough literature to open a public library with over 6,000 books including fiction, comics, and books in different languages.

Read at: The Daily Collegian Online

At Roswell Park, cancer patients choose art that hangs in their hospital rooms

This is wonderful!

We need more ways to get art into public places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center volunteer Julie Legters hangs a drawing in a patient’s room on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko.

The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding.

But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming.

Like clockwork every Tuesday, longtime Roswell volunteer Julie Legters rolls what’s known as a patient art cart up to Banko’s hospital room, chats and shows her various images of photographs, watercolor paintings and pencil drawings that are loaded onto an iPad. If she wants, Banko can pick out a work of art, and Legters will hang the framed original in her room.

As many as 65 other patients on two hospital floors of Roswell can do the same thing.

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Music therapy can help people suffering from dementia

Music therapy can help people suffering from dementia

A new study has reported that dementia symptoms such as anxiety, memory loss, agitation and aggression can be significantly improved if people suffering from the disease listen to and play music.

It was carried out by a commission set up by the International Longevity Centre think tank and charitable trust the Utley Foundation. The conclusions were found by consulting a number of experts and looking at previously compiled evidence.

The report argues that insufficient funding is being directed into music therapy, and hundreds of thousands of people could benefit from greater awareness of its value.

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Need A Creative Idea In 10 Minutes? Play With The Stuff On Your Desk

If there’s one prerequisite to creativity, Birsel believes it’s a sense of fun, a “playful spirit,” unlike the mind-set that rote or analytical tasks usually demand. “When you’re in a playful mode, you’re less of afraid of making mistakes and you’re less judgmental, which is really key to any creative endeavor. That little voice in your head that says, ‘Well that’s a bad idea!’–it’s the worst possible friction to creativity.”

By playing with the stuff on your desk for 10 minutes, “You’re not trying to prove that you’re the most creative person in the room,” she adds, you’re just trying to silence that voice and start having fun.

Read at : Fast Company

Watch a Santa Rosa Cartoonist’s ‘Fire Story’ Come to Life | Up From the Ashes: North Bay Fires | KQED Arts

This is so sad but what an amazing way to tell the story…

Just one day after his house and everything in it burned to the ground, Santa Rosa cartoonist Brian Fies bought some cheap paper, Sharpies, and highlighters, and got to work reporting what he and his wife had seen the night of the fires.

The resulting cartoon came quickly, with more raw edges than Fies’ usual standards, but it was undeniably, unflinchingly honest.

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Ten Unmistakable Signs Of A Bad Place To Work | Forbes

This is a really interesting article, but it seems kind of “cute” that Forbes feels most of us have the luxury of turning down the opportunity to work.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but in our family we’ve pretty much dealt with at least one of us taking the “whatever job they could get” situation way too often.

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THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays | NBC News

This has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a very long time.  So beautiful.  I highly recommend clicking on the link and watching the video associated with this story.  Amazing.

Deaf Poet’s Visual Poetry: Creative Storytelling Without Words Poet Douglas Ridloff creates American Sign Language poetry and performs at ASL Slam, a creative outlet for deaf people.

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