Adorable Photographs of Our Baby: Meaningful, Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals

The author, Susan Berg, is donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In light of recent research, activities should take on a whole new dimension in long-term care. Activities can no longer be thought of as leisure time fillers, but rather, as opportunities to provide mental stimulation. If done thoughtfully, activities can help those with Alzheimer’s disease hold on to their remaining cognitive skills longer and enhance mood. In a word, activities should be “therapeutic”. Susan Berg’s book is a treasure-trove of therapeutic activities that can bring joy and purpose to those with a cognitive impairment.

Paul Raia, Ph.D, Director of Patient Care and Family Support
Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter

 

Susan Berg’s book is a must have for the Activities Professional and anyone who is caring for an individual with dementia. The baby pictures are delightful. The discussion questions will stimulate many memories, and the additional activity ideas will aid in holding the attention of dementia persons. This is a great tool for someone who has never assisted an individual with dementia, and it is also beneficial to the seasoned Activities Professional.

Brenda Bogart, A.D. Activities on a Shoestring
http://www.angelfire.com/in/shoestring, Crawfordsville, Indiana

 

Therapeutic activities are what we should all strive for when doing activities. I was very impressed with the involvement you created with the dementia population in this book. I am going to incorporate these ideas with the population I serve. God bless you for your caring and concern for others with such a tremendous need. I plan to share this information with caregivers.

Lisa Patton CSS Technician, Adult Life Programs
Hickory, North Carolina

 

Brenda I have had the pleasure of using Susan Berg’s book with residents having various stages of Alzheimer’s disease in both large and small group settings. This book is full of great ideas for discussion and reminiscing groups. I recommend this book to Activity professionals, caregivers and family members, alike.

Patrick, Dementia Unit Activity Coordinator
Beverly, Massachusetts

 

The book was very insightful. I especially enjoyed the pictures that the staff and family can use. They will help me communicate with the memory challenged and provide a personal touch while I am doing it. The ideas were also very helpful because they can involve people with all stages of dementia and can easily be adapted for verbal and nonverbal individuals. I give the book two thumbs up.

Vernessa LuShaun Burgess, CNA
Delray Beach, Florida

 

Susan Berg’s book is filled with heart-warming pictures of endearingly adorable babies that will leave any person feeling pleased and enchanted. The pictures reflect on many daily routines accompanied by discussion ideas that may help guide you through a therapeutic conversation with a person(s) affected by dementia. The book can be used as a tool in providing mentally stimulating one-to-one and/or group discussions.

Andrea Wolfram, Recreation Facilitator
Winnepeg, Manitoba

Do You Want to Be a Guest Blogger?

 Would You Like to Be a Guest Blogger?

 

I would like to add some guest posts to my blog. Even though this is a personal diary, I also believe in teaching and educating others as you have already noticed. It is important to get fresh new voices and ideas. People love really useful information. I like the idea of having something posted on a daily basis, but I don’t want too much stress in order to do it.

It should be something original you have written and are holding the copyright for. The post must something you wrote uniquely for my blog. It will only be published on this blog and not on any other sites (that includes your blog). You will still hold the copyright for your post. Please avoid affiliate links in the blog. But consider adding a short biography of yourself at the end of your article. If you already have a blog or webpage, feel free to add links to one or two of your best posts at the end of your guest post.

It would be helpful to keep the post relevant to the topics of dementia and/or its prevention, brain training, knitting or crafts as it pertains to stimulating the brain, the elderly and elderly care.

I recommend that the post be somewhere between 250-1500 words. Of course, exceptions can be made.

I’ll add images when appropriate. But if you have already found a great image online that is ok to use copyright-wise then feel free to include that link in your email to me. 

I will reserve the right to edit your post in a way that I see fit before publishing. Or reject submissions that I feel aren’t appropriate for this website.

You can send your submissions or any questions you might have to knittingdoc@zoominternet.net.

Many thanks…

 

David

Tired of Sudoku? Want some ‘Square Wisdom’? Want to KenKen? Learn How Today!

 

I positively intend to slow down the progression of my Lewy Body Dementia in anyway possible. And Brain Training is one of those ways!

Do you have Alzheimer’s disease? Have vascular dementia? Another type of dementia? A caregiver? Are you a baby boomer  (a term used to describe a person who was born during the Post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964). If so, then there is another brain trainer called KenKen.

It was invented by a Japanese mathematics teacher Tetsuya Miyamoto, innovator of the theory “The Art Of Teaching Without Teaching”, as an ‘instruction-free’ method of training the brain and was later published in The Times in March 2008.  

Here’s a link for some easy down to earth instructions on how to play KenKen.  

Want some free KenKen puzzles and the solutions? Go to Reader’s Digest and download them for free! I almost forgot. Here is a free KenKen calculator!

 

David

A sample KenKen problem along with the solution

Example of a KenKen Problem

                                                                     

The Answer to the KenKen Problem Shown Above

Thursday November 6, 2008

 

 

redbasketweaveDear Blog:

 

Feeling perky today!    

 

I’ve managed to conquer the Portuguese style of knitting. I’m making this very easy simple sharp looking winter scarf.  I need to get the concept ingrained into my brain. Practice, practice and more practice. 

 

Something new that I learned today:  Upper and lower case letters are named “upper” and “lower” because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the lower case letters.

 

Thanks to John H., I added this game link to the Brain Training section on the right. It’s from Prevention. I read their magazine every month and find it very helpful!

 

Pam and I talked last night about Lewy Body Dementia and the last couple of days and my being confused. I told her it was as if someone had suddenly turned off a light switch. I was aware that the switch had turned off and that I was trying to turn it back on but became more confused in the process until I couldn’t remember where the light switch was. Then suddenly last evening, the light magically turned on again. That’s the best that I can explain it. So very bizarre. And to lose that control. Maybe that’s the scary part to me. Pam said that the neighbor was burning leaves. I smelled the smoke and thought it was the end of the world and that a tornado was coming. I can smile about it now. But I don’t remember it.

 

The York Daily Record called me to verify my letter to them about November being National Caregivers Month. They are publishing it in their newspaper and have put it in their blog.

 

I’m going to mulch the grass and leaves this afternoon. It’ll probably be the last time for the year. We’re supposed to get rain and snow for the next 4 days after having our 4 lovely days of sun and high 60 degree temperatures.

Tomorrow we’re going out of town so maybe I won’t have a chance to blog. But then I’ll have lots to say on Saturday.

 

David

Wednesday October 22, 2008

Use credit cards only for convenience, never for credit.   

 

 

Those brain teasers! Well, I think my favorite ones are the Logic Puzzles. I definitely feel smarter whenever I do them. I will have to get back into it again. Guess I’ll start today. I have some Dell books packed away somewhere. So I’ll check for some online ones. Here’s a sample one I plan to review before I start.

 

 

Arbor Day Planting Logic Puzzle

 

Each of four men who live in Willowbrook Estates on the city’s north side, planted a different type of tree in their front yard on Arbor Day. From The clues, determine the first and last name of each man and the type of tree each planted.

 

1. George, Mr.Clary, and Mr. Becker (who got his tree from HomeTown Garden Center) all live within three blocks of one another.

 

2. Mr. Clary planted neither the cedar tree or the maple tree.

 

3. Harvey and Mr. Clary live next door to one another.

 

4. The ash tree was not planted by neither John nor Ivan.

 

5. The maple tree was not the tree planted by George (who is not surnamed Delgado).

 

6. Mr. Erichsen isn’t the man who planted the ash tree.

 

7. John, who purchased his tree at the Green Thumb Greenhouse, isn’t the man who planted the sycamore.

 

           How to solve a Logic Puzzle

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

Tomorrow……………Should you add Omega 6 and 9 fatty acid supplements to your diet?

 

David

 

 

 

 

 

 

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