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Keeping Busy: A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia [Paperback]

James R. Dowling
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1 May 1995

Although very little can be done to alter the course of dementia, much can be done to maximize the quality of life of people with the condition. Research as well as practical experience suggest that behavior management, especially through programs that provide meaningful and constructive activity, is currently the most effective treatment.

In Keeping Busy, James Dowling describes a variety of activities designed to bring meaning and enjoyment to the lives of persons with dementia. The activities are organized by general categories such as music, exercise, horticulture, pets, humor, and social events. The largest section deals with communication and includes word games that help people strengthen their remaining verbal skills. The description of each activity includes step-by-step instructions, as well as tips on how to adapt it for small or large groups, for individuals at home or in an organization, or people who are bedridden.


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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801850592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801850592
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Dowling's important goal in Keeping Busy is to provide hands-on information for truly therapeutic activities for persons with dementia. He has succeeded brilliantly and made a substantial contribution to the field. Dowling describes a series of activities designed to reduce problem behaviors and give meaning to life. They do not require expensive gadgets, elaborate preparation, or special training. Here is a sound theory, genuine compassion for impaired people, and a wonderful sense of the joy of life.

(Nancy Mace, author of The 36-Hour Day)

While little can be done for the disease of dementia itself, much can be done to help direct the quality of life of the persons with the disease, and Keeping Busy succeeds in providing ideas for improving the quality of life for the Alzheimer patient.

(American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease)

Provides detailed information about programming activities and developing an atmosphere that is responsive to patients with dementia. Topics include exercise, horticulture, communication, pets, humor, social events, and music. Each description include the rationale for the activity and some of the trial and error involved in developing the activity. Colorful anecdotes enliven the text and illustrate both successes and limitations.

(Connections from the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center)

A practical, compassionate book that offers a variety of activities for people with dementia that can help improve their quality of life... The books closes with an appendix of 'good catalogs' that offer resources for caregivers of people with cognitive impairments or dementia.

(OT Week)

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"James Dowling's important goal in Keeping Busy is to provide hands-on information for truly therapeutic activities for persons with dementia. He has succeeded brilliantly and made a substantial contribution to the field. Dowling describes a series of activities designed to reduce problem behaviors and give meaning to life. They do not require expensive gadgets, elaborate preparation, or special training. Here is a sound theory, genuine compassion for impaired people, and a wonderful sense of the joy of life." -- Nancy Mace, author of The 36-Hour Day

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dementia activity 28 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
This is by far the best activity book I have found. I ordered as many as I could find from my local library. This one had a massive waiting list and I can see why. I bought one for my mothers Home to help out the activity organiser and she uses it for ideas all the time. It is helpful for all levels. Would really recommend it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 18 Nov 2011
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As a Care Home Manager, I purchased this for the unit to give staff some inspiration and ideas about activities for those clients with Dementia. Has been helpful for staff and a good reference tool with ideas that are not complicated or expensive. Very informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 31 Aug 2013
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Both my in-laws are over 90 and have continence & mobility issues and dementia, one is probably late stage. When she recently became bed- and chair-bound we had to replace their single carer with a carer couple who are outstanding in looking after their one-floor house and garden, all the gardening, cooking and housekeeping, as well as their charges.

Over this lovely, hot summer they have been on outings and out in the garden but because it will be cold quite soon we bought all the following, at their carers' recommendation, and everyone is having a great time keeping busy:

Play-doh and various tools - pressers, scissors, extruders, molds, cutters

Alzheimer's Activities That Stimulate the Mind by Emilia Bazan-Salazarr - you don't have to have Alzheimer's: middle to late stage dementia will also enjoy many of these (although reality-orientation is outmoded, as another reviewer points out - better to read "Contented Dementia" on that subject)

Keeping Busy: A Handbook of Activities for Persons with Dementia by James R. Dowling

Activities for Older People: A Practical Workbook of Art and Craft Projects, 1e by Brian Banks (they all seem to enjoy this one most)

At their carers' suggestion, we also got "Exercise for Frail Elders" by Elizabeth Best-Martini and the 2-DVD "Stronger Seniors® Chair Exercise Program". However, the latest research has shown that stretching, warm-ups and warm-downs (cool downs) all either don't work or are damaging (see "The First 20 Minutes" by Gretchen Reynolds) so just ignore those parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ***** 17 April 2013
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the word games section was very good. most of the book was useful to me as im new to this kind of work.
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