Through the Seasons: Activities for Memory-Challenged Adults and Their Caregivers

Through the Seasons: Activities for Memory-Challenged Adults and Their Caregivers

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Overview

Dementia and related disorders impact the lives of those affected in countless ways, making it difficult to remain independent at work, at home, and in the wider world. But recent studies have shown that structured activities can make a significant, positive difference by stimulating mental engagement while improving interactions between caregivers and memory-challenged adults.

Fun and easy to use, this large-format, full-color picture book is divided into themes representing the four seasons. Each section describes several multisensory experiences—such as walking on the beach, making ice cream, or planting flowers—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.

The book adopts a compassionate, person-centered approach and is designed so that two people can easily look together while sitting side by side. This latest edition, which has been thoroughly revised,

• takes a multicultural approach
• includes all-new images, as well as 14 completely new highlighted activities
• integrates modern wellness concepts
• features a new introduction and an updated resource section
• offers guidance about activity planning and optimizing interactions between care partners and the individual with dementia

Helping you and your loved one make cherished new memories, Through the Seasons is an indispensable solution to the question of what to do together to maintain well-being and connection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421436470
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 484,561
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cynthia R. Green, PhD 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 TBH Brands, LLC, and the author of five books on brain health, including Total Memory Workout: 8 Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness. Joan Beloff, ACC, ALA, CDP is the chief development officer for Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, where she also provides oversight for the New Vitality and Community Outreach programs.

Read an Excerpt

The thread that ties together the strands of guidance and understanding contained in Through the Seasons is the word 'joy'—joy in those who are experiencing dementia, joy in those who are providing care to them, and the joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing that there are tools available to help those who want to improve the care of people with dementia. By providing a practical guide to helping people achieve the satisfaction that comes from having enjoyable interactions and accomplishing pleasurable tasks, Through the Seasons has played and will continue to play an important role in maximizing quality of life of people with dementia.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 Fall
Chapter 2 Winter
Chapter 3 Spring
Chapter 4 Summer
Resources for Caregivers
About the Authors

What People are Saying About This

"Through the Seasons offers holistic, person-centered, practical guidance for professionals and family care partners. Drs. Green and Beloff integrate wellness with person-centered approaches, and evidence-based cognitive stimulation through seasonally focused, creative, and meaningful activities that promote joy, purpose, dignity, and self-worth for the older adult living with memory loss."

Rita Altman

"Through the Seasons offers holistic, person-centered, practical guidance for professionals and family care partners. Drs. Green and Beloff integrate wellness with person-centered approaches, and evidence-based cognitive stimulation through seasonally focused, creative, and meaningful activities that promote joy, purpose, dignity, and self-worth for the older adult living with memory loss."

Karen Love

"Through the Seasons is a must-have for anyone living with cognitive impairment and his or her care partners, as engagement in meaningful and interesting activities is vitally important for well-being. Organized into seasonal activity ideas, this book delightfully provides creative and fun things to do and talk about."

Steve Sussman

"Green and Beloff have once again written an essential addition to any memory aid library. Their expert knowledge is insightful, helpful, and easy to understand. Through the Seasons is a must-have resource for anyone dealing with memory issues."

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