Resources for the Caregiver
Tools For Engagement
See Me Communications The most important thing affecting the quality of life for residents is the relationships they have with their caregivers. Where caregivers connected with patients, See Me Communications founder, Lisa Erbstoesser, saw happier, healthier, and more responsive residents. As a result, she started See Me Communications to help establish deeper personal connections between patients and their caregivers, families and visitors. The company offers the product the Life Story Board™, an easily accessible visual biography that helps caregivers to establish a personal connection with their patients.
Movies and Music: A Clinician’s Guide to the Classic Movie Musical and Group Activity An innovative movie-watching activity program designed by a Speech Pathologist for Activity Directors, this program has easy to follow instructions and questions designed to highlight specifics in the movie to trigger long-term memory and conversation with the goal to provide cognitive stimulation in a fun small group setting. This is one of the simplest and most entertaining activities which makes watching a movie, once a sedentary activity, into a great interactive event that will have residents laughing, talking, reminiscing, and dancing in their seats. The interaction fosters increased communication, use of language, conversation, and long term memory with little to no prep time. (Lori K. Yauch, M.A., CCC-SLP 2010)
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Creating Moments Of Joy by Jolene Brackey.
Heartwarming, inspirational solutions for anyone touched by the Alzheimer’s journey and written with a vision that looks beyond the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and focuses energy on creating moments of joy. (Purdue University Press 2008)
My Journey into Alzheimer’s Disease by Robert Davis.
A book of how one man of faith faced the oncoming darkness of Alzheimer’s disease. In a powerful story of courage and faith, Davis shows how God gives strength and grace. (Tyndale House Publishers 1989)
I Want to Remember: A Son’s Reflection on His Mother’s Alzheimer’s Journey by David D. Gray. A collection of family letters about a son’s experience, turmoil, and communication skill development throughout his mother’s journey through the disease. (Roundtable Press 1993)
Inside Alzheimer’s : How to Hear and Honor Connections with a Person who has Dementia by Nancy Pearce. Using wisdom and humor from life’s teachings, Pearce offers six basic principles of how one person connects with another, showing how internalizing these principles can empowered family, friends, and professionals to create moments of connection regardless of how advanced the dementia. (First Forrason Press 2007)
Butterscotch Sundaes: My Mom’s Story of Alzheimer’s by Virginia McCone.
The story of how to deal with twenty years of a long goodbye, One day at a time, thanking God for ordinary things like a new doll, an old purse, pink nail polish, a red barn, a Dairy Queen, and butterscotch sundaes. (Autumn Sparrow Press 2003)
Talking to Alzheimer’s: Simple Ways to Connect When You Visit with a Family Member or Friend. by Claudia Strauss. This book offers a wealth of things you can do to stay connected with the loved one in your life, including straightforward suggestions, invaluable do’s and don’ts, advice, helpful strategies, and thoughtful tips to remind you to take care of your own feelings and suggestions for helping children to be comfortable with visiting an Alzheimer’s sufferer. (New Harbinger Publication 2001)
Dancing with Rose : finding life in the land of Alzheimer’s by Lauren Kessler.
Suppose they experience friendship and loss, romance and jealousy, joy and sorrow? To better understand this debilitating condition, Kessler enlists as a bottom-of-the-rung caregiver at an Alzheimer?s facility and learns lessons that challenge what we think we know about the disease. A compelling, clear-eyed, and emotionally resonant narrative. (Viking Press 2007)
Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: A Practical Tips Guide by Coach Frank Broyles. Written by a man who’s wife was diagnosed and in the format of a coach’s playbook, this short 93 page handbook offers practical tips for taking care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, easy-to-find information on how to identify the problem and cope it, and contains information beyond what you would normally expect in a larger volume. (University of Arkansas 2006)
All the Dancing Birds by Auburn McCanta.
A heart-warming and inspiring story, told from Lillie Claire’s perspective as she fights to hold on to the details of her life and deal with the onset of Alzheimer’s. All the Dancing Birds offers a beautiful and terrifying look into the secret mind of those touched–and ultimately changed–by the mystery of Alzheimer’s disease. (Marcanti Clarke Literary Press 2012)
Books for Younger Audiences
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.
When a young boy finds a new friend who has lost her memory, he determines to discover what memories are so he can find it for her. A perennial classic, perfect for reading aloud with clever illustrations and a positive message and wonderful ending. While not a teaching tool for children struggling to understand Alzheimer’s because the boy successfully finds the woman’s memory and she returns to her old self, it is a treasure of a story for young and old. (Puffin 1987)
What’s Happening to Grandpa? by Maria Shriver.
When her grandpa forgets her name, a little girl learns from her mother about Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Determined to support her grandfather, she explores ways to help him – and herself – cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2004)