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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: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,190 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.

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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

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Green on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Auldreidy on 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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Nunn on 11 Oct 2011
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I bought this book when it became clear that my mother's dementia worsened and would need some help with stimulation and activities while in hospital and while we were trying to place her.

The activities suggested in this book are brilliant and I was able to use so many of these ideas during this 3-month period in hospital, also involving other ladies in the bay too, who just loved these activities too.

The book starts off, as the introduction, describing how a facility was developed, specialising in care of dementia residents. The book describes aspects of the staff, the daily program and about the book.

There follows a discussion regarding activities, the good ones and the not-so-good ones, outlining some unexpected implications of both. There are a good selection of ideas for activities and, I found, prompted many of my own ideas too.

I feel it is a brilliant book, not only for relatives and carers of those with dementia but also for the staff in a day care centre or residential home, including the Activities persons. I think it could only add to anybody's knowledge and understanding of those with dementia and how to relate with them better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Sr Lund on 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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