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Activities to do with Your Parent who has Alzheimer's Dementia Paperback – January 7, 2014
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About the Author
Judith A. Levy, EdM, OTR graduated from Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, where she received her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy. She is also a graduate of Rutgers University with a master's degree in Allied Health Education. She has worked for more than forty years as an occupational therapist. Her primary focus has been in the area of adult rehabilitation. She has established occupational therapy departments in community hospitals and has worked in acute-care hospitals, assisted-living centers, long-term care facilities, and home care settings. She has also spent time working with developmentally delayed children in institutions, school settings, summer camps, and home-based environments. Mrs. Levy has been an instructor teaching occupational therapy skills to home health aides as part of their certification process and has been a guest lecturer for a local college's occupational therapy program. She now finds herself in the new role as the child of a parent with Alzheimer's dementia. In this book she makes use of her personal as well as past work experience to provide support to others who find themselves in a similar situation.
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I love the patient, compassionate voice of this author, the very clear directions, and the myriad activities she presents. I am in the process of putting together an activity kit for my father, and I have used this book as my primary resource. FIVE stars for the content and the therapeutic effect this book has had on my life and my father's, but four stars for the Kindle version. I should have gotten the hardcopy of this one, as it would have been easier to "thumb" through. Also, the review sheets at the end of each chapter disrupt the flow in the Kindle version. Actually, I think I'll purchase the hardcopy right now. It's worth it.
A huge thank you to Judith Levy for this terrific resource!
Getting Dressed (Really?)
Having a Conversation (yes, this is actually 'described' as an activity. Makes me wonder what the alternative was before this, completely ignoring your loved one?)
Watching TV (as if any American need be told this is an activity for sedentary people)
One activity I though was worth writing home about was "pets". I think every nursing home should not only allow therapy animals, they should have programs where elderly help with pets like chickens, it has found to be very therapeutic. Not surprisingly, because people who still have the mental capacity to focus on an animal - of many species - find some meaning in life and it provides an emotional connection to a sentient being not reliant on language.
It also mentions music, a good idea. Research has shown that music is highly connected to memory and can stimulate parts of the brain not often used by those with dementia.
Read the wonderful neuroscientist Oliver Sachs book "Musicophilia" for more.
I guess what this book tells me is there is a need for something better. I'm working on it.
The book was very interesting and could be usefull in the future.
Packaging and shipping of the book was good.