Book Reviews by Lauretta – 11 November 2016

Early stage dementia care a guide for community based programs by Diane Weddington

The first edition of this book printed in USA in 1994 and reprinted several times. It still has relevance to our communities today as providing community programs for people living with dementia is becoming more and more needed. Day respite, adult day centres and care in the home has led to a proliferation of private and NFP providers. This book has the basics for setting up and coordinating excellent programs.

There is one chapter on programming of activities which would provide a good basis for recreation staff involved in providing therapeutic activities easily adapted to current needs in Australia.

For staff who are new to community care and doing training to be qualified to run a community care centre this book is very readable and has excellent suggestions.

New DTA Resource! DTA Takeaway CAFÉ (Creative Activities for Everyone) Booklets

Recreation staff is always time poor and looking for new ways to find easy and achievable activities for clients. One way of course is to attend the varied workshops available in the area. DTA has workshops all over the country throughout the year. Most activities presented have been put together in the TAKEAWAY café booklets. The 3 volumes have been put together by the workshop coordinator Stephania Bejma and are now available for purchase at a workshop or from the DTA office. In volume 3 there are 17 different activities and ideas. Each one is described with the following headings aims and benefits, target group, group size, preparation and resources, set up, procedure intended outcomes , anything else to consider and further information. The headings make the activity procedure easy to follow and document at a facility. Each activity has been inspired by a therapist or experienced person working with clients who have challenges to leisure.

I commend these booklets to all activity staff, education staff and facilities – easy to pull apart and photocopy or change to suit your requirements

Cost of each booklet is $15 or a set of 3 for $40. Any profits go to support DTA!

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