Engagement in meaningful activity is an important aspect of human existence, regardless of one's cognitive abilities. Even in the later stages of dementia, people can still be engaged in activities at a level that allows them to be successful. In fact in these later stages, where cognitive abilities may be waning, the need for activity becomes greater, as cognitive stimulation helps preserve what skills remain.
For care staff looking after older people, many of whom may have some degree of dementia, coming up with ideas for activities of a suitable level to keep their residents engaged and stimulated can be challenging.
The Activity Year Book solves this problem, offering week by week themed activities. From Valentine's Day quizzes to Bonfire Night word searches, it has activities relating to every important date in the calendar, and also encourages reminiscence and discussion around these events.
This book will be invaluable to care staff looking for a simple way of improving the lives of their residents, week by week, all year round.
Anni Bowden has a Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Salford University in Manchester, UK and worked for many years as an occupational therapist, helping a wide range of people whose humour and dignity have been an inspiration to her. She spent her working life in the beautiful High Peak of Derbyshire where she still lives. Nancy Lewthwaite graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada with a degree in Rehabilitation Medicine. She worked for over 30 years in a variety of settings as both a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist and became particularly interested in the area of cognitive stimulation. Nancy has served on a variety of steering committees related to projects with the elderly and was the recipient of the B.C.S.O.T. Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year award in 2001.
Introduction: Getting Started. 1. January - Twelfth Night; Winter; Burn's Night/St Andrew's Day; Animals in Winter. 2. February - When We Made Our Own Fun; Valentine's Day; Chinese New Year; Planting for Spring. 3. March - St David's Day; Houses and Homes; St Patrick and Ireland; The Equinox, Clocks and Time. 4. April - Easter: A Moveable Feast; Spring Cleaning; Birds, St. George. 5. May - May Day; May Ball; Whitsuntide; Folklore and Customs. 6. June - The Weather; Dog Days; The Stars and the Moon in June; Royal Ascot; Garden Party. 7. July - Sport; Weddings; Holidays and Honeymoons; Local Traditions. 8. August - Food, Glorious Food; Antiques; Pubs and Inns; Soaps. 9. September - Schooldays; Harvest Festival; What's in a Name?; Autumn; Newspapers and Current Affairs. 10. October - Healthy Body, Healthy Mind; Animals and Pets; Trafalgar Day; Halloween. 11. November - Bonfire Night; Rememberance Day; Colours; Famous Men and Women/St Andrew's Day. 12. December - Favourite T.V. and Radio Shows; The Local Flea Pit or Going to the Cinema; Musicals and Panto; Christmas Time; New Year and Calendars.