Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's Or Dementia

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Purdue University Press, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 331 pages
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Jolene Brackey has a vision. A vision that will soon look beyond the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and focus more of our energy on creating moments of joy. When a person has short-term memory loss, his life is made up of moments. But if you think about it, our memory is made up of moments, too. We are not able to create a perfectly wonderful day with someone who has dementia, but it is absolutely attainable to create a perfectly wonderful moment; a moment that puts a smile on their face, a twinkle in their eye, or triggers a memory. Five minutes later, they won't remember what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with will linger.
  

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Review: Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers

User Review  - Debbie - Goodreads

Really good book with practical application for those that are struggling with being a caregiver for friends, family, etc. with any form of dementia. Easy to read. Read full review

Review: Creating Moments of Joy for the Person with Alzheimer's or Dementia: A Journal for Caregivers

User Review  - Will Waller - Goodreads

This superb collection for the caregivers of someone with Dementia contains innumerable suggestions and hints for those persons. Its basic premise is that because dementia destroys the short-term ... Read full review

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Contents

Understanding the Person with Alzheimers
16
Letting Go of Expectations
22
Not Forgotten
28
Powerful Tools That Create Positive Outcomes
35
Remember Their Greatness
36
Live Their Truth
40
Universal Reasons
44
I want to go home
50
A Commercial About TV
166
Ring Ring Ring
170
Wheres the Outhouse?
174
Its Saturday Night Bath Time
182
Suppertime
192
Get Your Zzzs
204
Enhanced Moments
211
Simple Pleasures
212

Sense of Belonging
56
Stop Correcting Them
58
You Are Wrong They Are Right
64
Give Me That
68
The Rooster
70
Blame It On Something or Someone Else
72
Playing Favorites
76
Lets Talk Communication
81
Be Like a Duck
82
Lets Talk Communication
84
Creative Communication
90
Quality Connections
94
Magic Words
98
Repeat Repeat Repeat
100
The Spin
102
Take Action
104
Illusion of Choice
108
Kick Starting
110
Your Mood Affects Their Mood
114
White on White
116
Look Good Feel Good Play Good
118
Power of Touch
120
Be Like the Sun
126
Memory Enhanced Environments
129
Its Time to Move
130
Pack Your Suitcase
134
Create a Safe Haven
138
Wheres My Room?
144
Sparking Fond Memories
148
Life Reflection
152
Replacing Priceless Treasures
154
Habits of a Lifetime
158
Music Does Wonders
162
Youve Got Mail
214
Help me
218
When In Doubt Laugh
220
Share Your Life
222
Drink Up
226
Saturate Their Obsessions
230
Walking Walking Walking
234
Wandering
238
Spread Holidays Throughout the Year
240
Keys to Visiting
244
Outings with Less Stress
250
Windows in the Brain by Fay Risner
254
Who Are You?
258
Show of Affection
262
Honey Dearie Sweetie
266
Saying Goodbye
268
Face the Challenges
272
Sundowning
278
Labeling
282
Moments of Discomfort
284
Good Dementia Bad Dementia
288
Spiritual WellBeing
292
Breaking of Bread
298
Find the Blessing
302
Intimacy
306
Taking Care of Yourself
310
Helping Hands
314
Final Moments
318
Conclusion
322
BIBLIOGRAPHY
328
About the Author
330
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About the author (2007)

Jolene Brackey began her career as an interior designer after graduating from Iowa State University. But she soon realized that she derived great joy from helping people improve the interiors of their lives, rather than their homes. When she left her interior design job, the first job available was in an Alzheimer' special care unit as an activity director. She didn't know what Alzheimer's was but she knew she liked older people. Before long, she realized that God had given her a gift. She found ways to create positive outcomes and moments of joy for the individuals with the disease, their loved ones, and professional caregivers. Eager to share her practical solutions and insights, Jolene began speaking at educational seminars. Her message of hope, encouragement-along with generous helpings of humor-was warmly embraced by family members and professional caregivers alike. So, she established a business, Enhanced Moments, to help guide people through the Alzheimer's journey. Jolene and her husband, Troy, live in Polson, Montana with their children Sidney, Taylor, and Keegan.

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