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Through the Seasons

Hardback
, 64 pages

16 color photos

ISBN:
9780801888441
June 2008
$22.95

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Through the Seasons

An Activity Book for Memory-Challenged Adults and Caregivers

Mental stimulation has been found to offer demonstrable benefits for people with Alzheimer disease, dementia, or other memory impairment. Through the Seasons helps family members and caregivers engage memory-challenged adults in simple, enjoyable activities that provide stimulation and enhance communication.

Fun and easy to use, this large-format color picture book is divided into themes representing the four seasons. Each section describes several multisensory experiences—such as picking apples or raking leaves—along with related topics for discussion and activities to elicit memories and encourage new positive associations. The topics and activities incorporate all five senses to facilitate connections and conversations with memory-challenged persons across a wide range of cognitive function.

Designed by nationally recognized experts in gerontology, geriatrics, and memory enhancement, this workbook provides a scientifically sound, well-developed program that will help family caregivers and professionals maintain and enhance relationships with the persons in their care. It also helps memory-impaired individuals to retain dignity and remain active companions, even as their communication skills become increasingly limited.

Through the Seasons includes an introduction with instructions for family and professional caregivers as well as a resources section at the end of the book.

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D., is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and the founding director of the Memory Enhancement Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is the president of Memory Arts, LLC, and the author of Total Memory Workout. Joan Beloff, ACC, ALA, is the director of Community Outreach and of the award-winning New Vitality program at Chilton Memorial Hospital.

"Written by a specialist in gerontology and a psychologist with expertise in memory and brain health, this book offers a variety of creative activities meant to stimulate communication with loved ones who have a memory disorder."

"This book provides a great way to interrupt the daily routines of caregiving with activities that are easy and fun for both the caregiver and the person with dementia. The ideas offered are realistic yet adult in tone, rely on life-long experiences, and are simple to put together."

" Through the Seasons is a creative way of conceptualizing, in a practical way, enhanced communication and connection with persons in the moderate to advanced stages of dementia."

"As a geriatrician who has cared for thousands of people with memory disorders and Alzheimer's disease, I have found that the greatest challenge is creating quality of life. That is what Through the Seasons is about. Patients need structured activities that are intellectually challenging, even though they may have dementia. Perhaps even more valuable, the content in Through the Seasons can greatly assist caregivers in their efforts to fill each day with meaningful activity."

"This book was very useful in Memory Care. It gave GREAT questions to ask. The photos were nice, clean and clear."

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