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 --ibook review
This book is an accurate and realistic presentation of a subject that is dear to everyone's heart-babies. Engaging photographs and open-ended discussion questions are designed to stimulate interaction and pleasant memories. Created for groups of two or more, this book can be used as part of a planned activity, or as a spur-of-the-moment diversion. Debbie Miller, RN CRT Columbus, Ohio --book review
I find this book to be very helpful in stimulating conversation and memories with memory impaired residents. I have also seen this book being utilized by families and other visitors to provide meaningful interactions during their visits. Even our residents with limited speech enjoy seeing the photos of the babies. The questions and suggestion provided are a great starting point to begin an activity. I also like using props such as baby clothes and baby powder scented items to stimulate even more memories. Families often face the challenge of "what do I talk about" or "what can Mom do" during their visits. I think this book opens a window of opportunities for conversation and pleasant visits for our families and their loved ones. Sandy Whelan, ADC,Director of Resident Programming .New Albany, IN --internet review
About the Author
Susan Berg is a seasoned Activity Director. She has extensive experience working with memory impaired persons directly. She has also gained knowledge and insight for writing this book through her occupational therapy assistant (COTA) education and practice. She has participated in numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on dementia. . Most importantly, she has a great passion for wanting to bringing happiness to those with memory impairments. She believes that this book will bring smiles to millions of faces.