March 18, 2017

New DVDs in the library dealing with difficult older people

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Last cab to Darwin

Rex is a loner, and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it.

The lady in the van
At the complicated heart of The Lady in the Van lies a great mystery. How could anyone, no matter how saintly, allow a homeless woman to spend 15 years living in a battered and unsanitary old van parked in his suburban London driveway, surrounded by a smelly cordon of plastic bags?

Miss Shepherd  is not a woman to reward kindly impulses and conspicuous acts of charity. She is cantankerous, bossy, manipulative, dirty enough to be a health hazard, and more than a bit mad. Nonetheless, she's canny enough to guess Bennett is the Camden Town resident most likely to put up with her. Admittedly, it's occupation by increment. For a long time, she parks in the street in front of his house. But it's a risky existence and Bennett is sometimes to forced to step in and protect her from passing hooligans. Then the council orders she move on and, addicted by now to the verbal duels that make up their daily dealings, he lets her slide into the driveway.
in the film there is Bennett the writer, anchored to his desk, and Bennett the doer, who lives through the experiences his counterpart will write about. And they continually argue – about Bennett the doer's timidity, the smallness of his life and his guilt over his mother.

Now her dementia is forcing him to admit her to a nursing home and somehow her fate is linked in his mind to that of Miss Shepherd.

This film by Michael Haneke explores death, ageing and the fear of loss. Anne and George (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) are a couple in their 80s who are enjoying their retirement, but that changes when, after an operation following a stroke, Anne is left wheelchair-bound and paralysed. Although she expresses her wish to die, even going so far as to make an attempt at taking her own life, George tries to remind her of the beauty and worth of life itself and the love that they share for each other. The feature won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and received BAFTAs for Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Leading Actress (Riva).

Driving Miss Daisy
In 1948, Mrs. Daisy, a 72-year-old wealthy, white, Jewish, widowed, retired school teacher, lives alone.
When Miss Daisy wrecks her car, her son, Boolie, hires Hoke Colburn, an African American chauffeur. Miss Daisy at first refuses to let anyone else drive her, but gradually gives in.
As Miss Daisy and Hoke spend time together, she gains appreciation for his many skills. After the house keeper   dies in 1962, rather than hire a new maid, Miss Daisy decides to care for her own house and have Hoke do the cooking and the driving.
The film explores racism against black people, which affects Hoke at that time. The film also touches on anti-semitism in the South. After her synagogue is bombed, Miss Daisy realizes that she is also a victim of prejudice (religious). But American society is undergoing radical changes, and Miss Daisy attends a dinner at which Dr. Martin Luther King gives a speech. …
Hoke arrives at the house one morning in 1971 to find Miss Daisy agitated and showing signs of dementia. Hoke calms her down. Boolie arranges for Miss Daisy to enter a retirement home. In 1973, Hoke, now 85, retires. Boolie and Hoke drive to the retirement home to visit Miss Daisy, now 97. As Hoke feeds her pumpkin pie, the image fades, with a car driving away in the distance.

*this is a great example of caring for parents that weren't great parents and also demonstrates great communication !
(see the book Taking care of parents who didn't take care of you : making peace with aging parents)
This is a story about hope. Hope for a different future, hope to improve the relationship between a father and son, hope to right old wrongs, hope that life can get better rather than harder.
Although it would have been simple to paint many of the characters as people worthy of pity and derision, instead you are shown that everyone is complex, simple, nice, nasty. 
Nebraska excels in that it shows us different perspectives of each family member’s experience of Woody’s possible or probable dementia and leaves us to draw our own conclusions. The humour is dark, but there are frequent moments of undeniable levity. It’s cheeky and unapologetic. And it feels real. Which makes it special.
Watch this if:
• You like stories about complicated, imperfect people and their relationships
• You’d like to see a different story about dementia – maybe.
Don’t watch this if:
• You don’t like swearing
• You prefer your stories a little less up close and personal.

Still mine
 This is an intimate portrait of Frank, a man in his late eighties who finds himself caring for his wife of 61 years. Whilst no formal diagnosis is ever made, it is apparent that Irene has dementia and requires more support to continue to live at home. Facing the realities of their changing circumstances, Frank decides to build a dwelling more suitable than their long-term family home and is thrust into the contemporary world of permits, plans, building codes and the consequences of not complying with these restrictions.
Whilst taking on more tasks within the home, to compensate for Irene’s changing abilities, Frank also contends with the concerns of his seven children and their preference to have Irene, or possibly both Frank and Irene, getting professional care or support. Still Mine is ultimately a story about a relationship between husband and wife and their staunch determination to remain together and care for one another. At times, this means other family members are excluded and disregarded. Yet no one doubts their devotion to one another. It is a story of empowerment and acceptance in very stressful circumstances. Whilst their situation bends them, it does not break them and Still Mine is, among other things, a story of triumph.

Iris - Based on the book Elegy for Iris by John Bayley, this movie tells the true story of English novelist Iris Murdoch's descent into Alzheimer's disease and the unconditional love of Bayley, her partner of 40 years. Jim Broadbent won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Bayley in his later years; Judi Dench and Kate Winslet received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, for their portrayal of Murdoch in her older and younger years.

The Savages 
- Jon and Wendy Savage are two siblings who have spent their adult years trying to recover from their abusive father, Lenny. Suddenly, a call comes in that Lenny's girlfriend has died and he cannot care for himself. Lenny suffers from dementia and her family dumps Lenny on his children. Despite the fact Jon and Wendy have not spoken to Lenny for twenty years and he is even more loathsome than ever, the Savage siblings feel obliged to take care of him. Now together, brother and sister must come to terms with the new and painful responsibilities with their father. The siblings are forced to face the struggle with their own personal demons.

Age Old Friends - John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict rules for the residents, but he refuses to fall into passivity. He flirts constantly with Nurse Wilson and spends time with his best buddy Michael Aylott, who's slowly drifting into dementia. The movie portrays the fight for independence and dignity in old age.

Getting on. Series 1 and 2

"A pitch-black hospital comedy emerging from the more of the mundanity, bureaucracy and absurdity of health care with warmth, wit and laughter"
Ward B4 is a backwater of an NHS hospital – a depository for dying and discombobulated geriatric women.

The program shows in a humorous way the difficulties in putting the patient first, it looks at issues such as aged care, homelessness and clients who do not speak English.

Kim Wilde, played by Jo Brand, is a return-to-work nurse who must adapt to the difficulties the modern NHS throws at her, with C. diff, form-filling, and political correctness. 

She is the staff member most empathetic to the concerns of patients and their families, which often brings her into conflict her colleagues, who are more concerned with sticking to the rules. 

Dr Pippa Moore, played by Vicki Pepperdine, is the "tough but fair" Care of The Elderly Consultant. She is uptight, self-centered, and lacking in "people skills", often being discourteous to her colleagues, her medical students, and even the patients. She, however, remains oblivious to the offence she causes, believing that people are impressed by her professionalism.

About Schmidt [DVD]
Warren Schmidt is about the taste the not-so-sweet slice of life. When he retired, he and his wife, Helen, had big plans - but an unexpected twist changes everything. Now, all of Schmidt's attention is focused on his daughter's upcoming wedding to a loser waterbed salesman. From meeting the groom's hippie parents to sponsoring a Tanzanian foster child, Schmidt embarks on a search for answers, only to discover that life is full of trick questions.

March 16, 2017

Children’s book for kids, teens and other with a parent with younger onset dementia - all by Australian authors!

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This Is My Family

This is a children’s book for kids with a parent with younger onset dementia.

Jack is 13 years old. He lives with his dad, mum, sister Amy and dog Sam. 

Dad has dementia. Something isn’t right in daddy’s brain and Jack can help him to do things.  This kids’ book tells the story of Jack whose father lives with younger onset dementia. 

An engaging tale for any child who knows a younger adult with dementia, it has been written by dementia care specialists, Barbara Chambers and Karen Harborow, with characters by renowned children’s animator Eddie Mort.

This 40 page kid’s picture book has been a labour of love, inspired by a young family we work with.)

One Photo

Told in wonderful prose, with really poignant artwork, this book is a celebration of what we hold dearest- while losing so much... is an illustrated book which explores younger onset dementia using the vehicle of photography and exploring family's legacy.

*Regarding the illustrations - "Pictures enable children to explore the world within their own imagination and make connections to characters and events they see depicted in books. When you help children connect with characters and events, you make the book more real to them."

 When Dad comes home with a camera, one of those old cameras that takes film which needs to be developed, the family, Mum and their son, watch on. He seems to be taking photos of things which have no inherent interest. There are no people in them, they are of things and places around the house. Photos of his study, of the table at breakfast time, his coffee cup, the clothesline, the bus shelter. He takes roll after roll of film to the developer in the city, bringing the photos home to stick on the window.

They find that he has put things in the cupboard that shouldn't be there, and puts the hammer in the fridge, so the reader begins to understand that this man is showing signs of dementia.

More photos appear, until one day he comes home without the camera. Then he is no longer there.

The illustrations are wonderful, showing the family in their house and all the things which will remind them of their missing father and husband. All around the house are things which he used and the photos of things important to him alongside the photo of him with his family.
This book is on the  Notables List for 2017 - contending for  the ‘Australian Picture Book of the Year’ Award The Awards will be announced on 28th March

It is receiving great reviews ( and already the rights have been sold by Penguin for it to also be published in China, US and Canada.

Forgetting Foster

Foster Sumner is seven years old. He likes toy soldiers, tadpole hunting, going to school and the beach. Best of all, he likes listening to his dad’s stories.
But then Foster’s dad starts forgetting things. No one is too worried at first. Foster and Dad giggle about it. But the forgetting gets worse. And suddenly no one is laughing anymore.

Given that I have a special interest in books featuring characters suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, I can confidently say that this is an excellent addition to the fictional literature on the topic.  

The use of a child character to address an adult issue is usually a sure-fire way to show a well-worn issue in a new light and that is certainly the case here. 

Foster is sharp as a tack when it comes to the realisation that life as he knew it is slipping away, but the social nuances of the adults’ behaviour go over his head.  

Many of the self-defeating actions of Foster’s mother are brought into sharp focus when viewed through Foster’s lens and I found it harder to sympathise with her as the book went on, despite the fact that she is obviously under enormous stress and dealing with her own issues of grief and the emotional and mental, if not phsycial, loss of a husband at such an early stage in life.  

I found Foster’s aunty to be a breath of fresh air through the whole story, maintaining, as she does, an unflinching sense of optimism.  This optimism is clearly feigned at times, and even though Foster’s mother doesn’t appreciate it, it worked neatly to stop the reader from being sucked into the pit of despair along with Foster’s mother.

Forgetting Foster is certainly worth a read if you are looking for a contemporary novel that deals with grief, loss and confusion in an extremely accessible way – not to mention if you are looking for a cracking OZ  title.  

For other readers looking for nonfiction reads on the same topic, allow me to suggest Green Vanilla Tea by Marie Williams (another brilliant Aussie tale).

 Green vanilla tea
When Marie Williams' husband Dominic started buying banana Paddle Pops by the box full it was out of character for a man who was fit and health conscious. Dominic, Marie and their two sons had migrated to Australia to have a life where they shared more family time -- when gradually Dominic's behaviour became more and more unpredictable. It took nearly four years before there was a diagnosis of early onset dementia coupled with motor neurone disease. Marie began to write, as she says, as a refuge from the chaos and as a way to make sense of her changing world. Her book, Green Vanilla Tea, has just been named winner of the  Finch Memoir Prize.

March 15, 2017

Keeping love alive as memories fade....3 amazing books for family carers

Keeping love alive as memories fade : the 5 love languages and the Alzheimer's journey 

 read the book or  listen to the CDs

..the five love languages have revitalized relationships and saved marriages from the brink of disaster. Can they also help individuals, couples, and families cope with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease?

Yes. The application of the five love languages creates a new way to touch the lives of the five million Americans who have Alzheimer’s, as well as their fifteen million caregivers. 

At its heart, this book is about how love gently lifts a corner of dementia’s dark curtain to cultivate an emotional connection amid memory loss. 

This collaborative work between a healthcare professional, caregiver, and relationship expert will: provide an overview of the love languages and Alzheimer’s disease; correlate the love languages with the developments of the stages of AD; discuss how both the caregiver and care receiver can apply the love languages; address the challenges and stresses of the caregiver journey; and offer personal stories and case studies about maintaining emotional intimacy amidst AD.

Loving someone who has dementia : how to find hope while coping with stress and grief

When Someone You Love Has Dementia is a new kind of caregiving book.

It's not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief. 

Dr. Boss helps caregivers find hope in "ambiguous loss" having a loved one both here and not here, physically present but psychologically absent. 

Outlines seven guidelines to stay resilient while caring for someone who has dementia. Discusses the meaning of relationships with individuals who are cognitively impaired and no longer as they used to be. Offers approaches to understand and cope with the emotional strain of care-giving. Boss's book builds on research and clinical experience, yet the material is presented as a conversation. She shows you a way to embrace rather than resist the ambiguity in your relationship with someone who has dementia.

Creating moments of joy : for the person with Alzheimer's or dementia
When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with those who have dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create perfectly wonderful moments—moments that put smiles on their faces, a twinkle in their eyes, or trigger memories. Five minutes later, they won’t remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.

Within the sections are smaller steps. At the end of each step is a place where you can journal your thoughts, solutions, and treasures to help you achieve the overall goal of creating many moments of joy for the person with dementia, and for YOU!

Carer review
One of our library members told us how this book helped change their attitude to caring for their parent with dementia - and how being able to bring a smile to their parents face was just so rewarding.

American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias


Table of Contents

Volume 32, Issue 1, February 2017

 pp. 5–11
To assess the impact of dysphagia on clinical and operational outcomes in hospitalized patients with dementia.
Dysphagia is a significant predictor of worse clinical and operational outcomes including a 38% longer LOS and a 30% increase in charge per case among hospitalized patients with dementia. Although these findings may not be surprising, this new evidence might bring heightened awareness for the need to more thoughtfully support patients with dementia and dysphagia who are hospitalized

pp. 12–21
The d-mannuronic acid (M2000) is a novel nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that has immunosuppressive effects together with antioxidant property. M2000 has shown a notable efficacy in experimental models of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and nephrotic syndrome. In this work, the effect of M2000 on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was performed by Morris water maze experiment, and the immunological assessments were carried out by Western blot, apoptosis (procaspase-3, Bax/Bcl2, P53), enzymatic (superoxide dismutase [SOD]), and nonenzymatic oxidative stress (malondialdehyde [MDA]) tests. We found that pretreatment of AD in the rat model by M2000 had a potent efficacy on rat behavior and also it led to a significant inhibition of amyloid plaque production. Moreover, our data showed that M2000 can reduce the amount of Bax/Bcl2, P53, MDA, and SOD, as well as it normalized the level of procaspase-3. Our results suggest M2000 is a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of AD.


pp. 22–26
Patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Due to their prominent memory impairment, structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often focuses on the hippocampal region. However, recent positron-emission tomography data suggest that within a network of frontal and temporal changes, patients with aMCI show metabolic alterations in the precuneus, a key region for higher cognitive functions. Using high-resolution MRI and whole-brain cortical thickness analyses in 28 patients with aMCI and 25 healthy individuals, we wanted to investigate whether structural changes in the precuneus would be associated with cortical thickness reductions in frontal and temporal brain regions in patients with aMCI. In contrast to healthy people, patients with aMCI showed an association of cortical thinning in the precuneus with predominantly left-hemispheric thickness reductions in medial temporal and frontal cortices. Our data highlight structural neuronal network characteristics among patients with aMCI.

pp. 27–35
The association of variants in CLU, CR1, PICALM, BIN1, ABCA7, and CD33 genes with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD) was evaluated and confirmed through genome-wide association study. However, it is unknown whether these associations can be replicated in admixed populations.
This study replicated the associations previously reported in populations of European ancestry and shows that APOE variants have a regulatory role on the effect that variants in other loci have on LOAD, reflecting the importance of gene–gene interactions in the etiology of neurodegenerative diseases.

 pp. 36–40
Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test has been shown to be a reliable tool to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI), however, no Georgian language version exists. The goal of this study is to determine the validity, reliability, and accuracy of Georgian version of MoCA in the evaluation of amnestic MCI (aMCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Montreal Cognitive Assessment was translated into Georgian language and was administered to healthy participants (HP) and patients with aMCI and AD. We studied 46 HS, 20 patients with aMCI, and 20 patients with AD. There was significant difference in MoCA scores between HP, patients with aMCI, and patients with AD (P = 0.04). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the aMCI and AD groups by MoCA was 0.88 and 0.95, respectively, compared to 0.43 and 0.67 by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). The Georgian version of MoCA is a valid, reliable, and sensitive screening tool to detect aMCI and AD in Georgian-speaking population and is superior to MMSE

Effective communication between residents with dementia and care providers in long-term care homes (LTCHs) is essential to resident-centered care.
Purpose :
To determine the effects of a communication intervention on residents’ quality of life (QOL) and care, as well as care providers’ perceived knowledge, mood, and burden.
The rate of care providers’ adherence to the communication plans was 91%. Postintervention, residents experienced a significant increase in overall QOL. Care providers had significant improvement in mood and perceived reduced burden.
The results suggest that the communication intervention demonstrates preliminary evidence of positive effects on residents’ QOL and care providers’ mood and burden.

Current Topics in Care

Pp; 56–62
Although most individuals experiencing cognitive impairment (CI) reside with a caregiver, an estimated 800,000 live alone. Such individuals may have an increased risk for injury to self or others through self-neglect as a result of the CI symptoms. While persons living alone with CI have been identified as an important area for needed research, few studies have been able to examine this population due to the challenges of identifying and recruiting study participants. By using the National Health & Aging Trends Study data set, the researchers explored the characteristics to describe this population. The results of this study indicated that the majority of persons living with CI were older, widowed females who were not diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia but tested positive on cognitive screening measures. Further, the majority of persons living alone with CI relied on adult children and paid professionals as the primary care providers.


 pp. 63–66
Currently, there is not enough time or staff in the physician’s office to provide education about Alzheimer’s disease for newly diagnosed patients and their family members. The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter has implemented a novel approach for individuals to connect to helpful information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias while at the physician’s office. This project is being piloted at two memory assessment clinics of The Cleveland Clinic as a way to give assessment center staff the opportunity to connect families right away with the free support services available at the Association.


March 09, 2017

Study: Tai Chi Increases Brain Size, Boosts Memory, May Delay Dementia

PROBLEM: Though previous studies have shown aerobic exercise's ability to increase brain volume and improve memory, it's unclear if a less strenuous form of physical exercise, namely tai chi, can engender the same brain benefits.

RESULTS: The participants who practiced tai chi three times a week however, showed significant increases in brain volume as well as improvements in their memory and thinking test scores.

CONCLUSION: A regular tai chi exercise regimen enlarges the brain and enhances the cognitive abilities of the elderly.

IMPLICATION: Since past research has shown a link between dementia and brain shrinkage, a less aerobic form of exercise, such as tai chi, may delay the onset of this degenerative mental illness.

SOURCE: The full study, "Changes in Brain Volume and Cognition in a Randomized Trial of Exercise and Social Interaction in a Community-Based Sample of Non-Demented Chinese Elders," is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

The power of Tai-Chi
Master the basics in record time with one easy class. Each title is beautifully presented as a hard cover book with the accompanying DVD housed within a sliding tray which is incorporated in the front cover. Together each book & DVD set delivers a complete class for you at home.With a selection of popular lifestyle and music titles available, this series has something for everyone.

Tai chi for beginners [DVD]
Tai Chi is well-known for bringing the mind, body, and spirit together to gain balance, prevent injury, and promote good health. Filmed on a tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this program features two practices that offer personal one-on-one instruction and will allow you to experience the many layers of benefits this martial art has to offer. The first practice will revitalize and energize using the principles of Qi Gong. This Qi Gong series will focus on the breath and energy flow to prepare your mind and body for Tai Chi. In the second practice you will learn Tai Chi postures step-by-step, and then use these ancient flowing movements together in a moving meditation designed to increase the body’s natural energy. This powerful Tai Chi sequence will help clear your mind, reduce stress, enhance flexibility, and promote overall wellness.

Discover tai chi for beginners [DVD]
Discover your potential as you become inspired by better balance, renewed strength, soaring confidence, improved flexibility, and reduced stress with Scott Cole and Discover Tai Chi for Beginners. Ease into the moment, leaving your stress-filled agenda far behind as you follow Scott through a seamless journey of healing Chi Kung exercises and easy-to-follow Tai Chi postures designed to open up energy channels, improve breathing and posture, strengthen your core and leg base, and inspire you to move gracefully like a tree in the breeze! 
Discover tai chi for balance and mobility [DVD]
Discover improved balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility AT ANY AGE with gentle therapeutic Tai Chi-inspired exercise from America's premier Tai Chi and fitness expert, Scott Cole. Guiding you through breath, movement, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Stretching, and Chair Exercise, Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility delivers easy-to-follow effective exercises to help prevent falling, while improving overall balance, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Great for beginners, older adults, and physically challenged, this workout is both fun and effective!

Tai Chi : a way of living
Qigong is an important part of traditional Chinese medicine. The aim of Quigong is to prevent and cure disease, strengthen the constitution, avoid premature aging and prolong life.
There are many forms of Qigong, each having its own features and effects which differ according to posture, method, form, style and purpose.
In this video, we present three forms:
Shibashi - a combined form of Qigong and Tai Chi -- The Happy Buddha - a short, intensive style -- The White Lotus - a popular short form practised widely in Australia.

February 27, 2017

Allied health professionals and you ...

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Better health for people living with dementia : a guide on the role of allied health

"In 2001, while working as an occupational therapist at a Sydney hospital, my husband was diagnosed with a younger onset dementia. 

A healthy, fit, intelligent man with a love for life and for his family, this was a shock – for him, for me, and for our two teenage children. During the subsequent 10 years of the progression of his condition, we learned a great deal from my husband. 

We learned about the enormous complexity of dementia. We came to better understand the complex changes in cognitive, perceptual and language abilities which challenge living your life with this condition. 

We also learned that life is different, but can continue to be enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding – with support, informed guidance and assistance from people with understanding and expertise in the condition of dementia. What we were not prepared for was the lack of allied health professionals available to work with the changing capacities and abilities for people with this progressive condition. 

Having worked in rehabilitation settings with skilled multidisciplinary teams and knowing the difference that allied health professionals could make for a person with a disability, it was alarming and bewildering that these services were not equally available for people with the disabilities which come with a dementia. Better health for people living with dementia: a guide for health professionals, together with its companion resource for consumers, is a wonderful national initiative by Alzheimer’s Australia through their National Quality Dementia Care Initiative, together with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (NSW). Through widespread consultation with people with dementia, carers and allied health professionals, this resource provides a much needed overview for all health professionals, about the vital role of allied health with people with dementia. 

Hopefully this initiative will be just the beginning of an increased capacity of allied health professionals to understand the complex and varied needs of people living with dementia and to work in partnership to provide the support to live the life they deserve to live. Joan Jackman Wife of Michael – a courageous man who showed us how to live with dementia. "

Allied health professionals and you : a guide for people living with dementia and their carers

This booklet talks about how you can improve your life by talking to allied health professionals.
Allied health professionals include:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
workers (these workers will have different titles
in different states and territories)
• audiologists
• Chinese medicine practitioners
• chiropractors
• counsellors
• dementia advisors and key workers
(see note below)
• dental therapists, dental hygienists and oral
health therapists
• dietitians
• diversional therapists
• exercise physiologists
• music therapists
• occupational therapists
• optometrists
• osteopaths
• pharmacists
• physiotherapists
• podiatrists
• psychologists
• neuropsychologists
• social workers
• speech pathologists.
Note: Dementia advisors (sometimes known as key workers) are available in some states and territories. Most are
allied health professionals (or nurses) with considerable experience or further training in working with people
with dementia. They are included in this publication although they are not available throughout Australia.

Lifestyle-integrated functional exercise : reducing falls and improving function

This program is a lifestyle approach to help you change everyday habits – even the way you stand up or pick something up – into a way of improving your strength and balance. Habits can be changed gradually by thinking about what you do and how you do it. There are many opportunities in our everyday life for incorporating balance practice and strength training. This manual gives you a few ideas, can you think of more?

movement for wellbeing

Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging

Qigong is the centuries-old practice of moving vital energy (Qi) through the channels of the body, known as meridians, to promote vitality and health. Stephen Rath details current research and Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to show how Qigong practice can support cognitive functioning, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing, in people with dementia. Qigong for Wellbeing in Dementia and Aging presents a set of accessible Qigong exercises and breathing techniques adapted specifically for older people who may be frail or have limited mobility, which address specific symptoms associated with dementia. These include exercises for the hands and feet, exercises for releasing emotions through the Five Animal Sounds, seated exercises, and facial exercises. The exercises, contributed by the Natural Healing Research Foundation from their Senior Exercise Class in Hawaii, are presented with clear explanatory illustrations. The final part of the book describes the Chinese understanding of nutrition as an essential underpinning of good health into old age, and provides health-giving food and drink recipes for people with dementia based on these principles. There is also a helpful chapter on practicing Qigong to protect against caregiver burnout. This will be an invaluable book for care professionals, nurses, activity coordinators, and physical therapists, as well as people with dementia and their families.
Stronger seniors : yoga chair exercise
This program is designed to help seniors develop strength and enhance the ability to function in daily life. This beginning yoga program improves respiration and circulation and reduces tension. Stronger Seniors Yoga Chair Exercise will help to increase balance, flexibility, and strength. Yoga incorporates simple mind/body exercises focusing on breath and relaxation which help to reduce stress. 

Stronger seniors workout program. Stretch & StrengthA two-part program designed to help older people develop strength and enhance ability to function in daily life, improving stability, balance and mobility. workout routine specifically for seniors, performed at a slow, relaxing pace. The chair exercises will increase flexibility, provide a renewed sense of balance and well-being, develop strength, and enhance the ability to function for seniors.

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