‘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.

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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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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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Photography show to shed more light on dementia


A new photography show, set to open this weekend at Owen Sound’s Tom Thomson Art Gallery, is intended to depict a “different side of dementia,” organizers say.

“People have a perception of dementia that as soon as you get it, you are unable to do things or remember things or you go immediately into a retirement home and that’s just not the case,” project co-ordinator Chris Doyle of the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce said in an interview Thursday.

He said it’s still possible to live well and learn new things after receiving a diagnosis.

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New music therapy program in Roanoke sparks memories for dementia patients

A new music therapy program in the Star City has the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teaming up with Friendship Health and Rehab to play music for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients each week.

But it’s not just a concert at the Friendship community. The healing arts program has a specialized schedule of songs and interactions to get the patients involved. There’s a question and answer session and the patients use their own drum sticks or egg shakers to play along with the music.

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Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

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