I'm going to list some of the latest dementia resources that I've found:
Laughter and humor as complementary and alternative medicines for dementia patients
Masatoshi Takeda*, Ryota Hashimoto, Takashi Kudo, Masayasu Okochi, Shinji Tagami, Takashi Morihara, Golam Sadick and Toshihisa Tanaka, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010, 10:28 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-10-28 (sorry it's not APA format.) You can find an electronic version of this article here.
ARTZ (Artists for Dementia). You can sign up for their newsletters.“Art reveals to us the essence of things,
the essence of our existence.” – Rudolf Arnheim
Centre for Medical Humanities (Isn't that a wonderful concept?) A Seminar Series 2011/2012 16th May 2012, 5.15pm St. Chad’s College, Christine Milligan, Lancaster University. The topic is Med in Sheds: the importance of gendered therapeutic spaces for health and wellbeing amongst older men.
Resources for the Caregiver at eCareDiary.com introduces the first LIVE online support group created by and for caregivers. Moderated by Margery Pabst, eCareDiary's caregiving expert, "Caregivers Speak!" will air live on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 2:00pm EST beginning Tuesday, May 8th.
‘Weave’, a performance and discussion event about the arts and dementia on Thursday June 14th from 6 – 7.45pm in the Main Reception Room at Westminster Council House, 79-113 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5PT. Weave is entertaining and thought provoking piece, highlighting important issues about person-centred care during the London Arts and Health Forum’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week which runs from 13th – 20th June. As part of Westminster Arts' Resonate programme for older people with mental health issues including dementia, poet Susanna Howard has worked on a one-to-one basis with people from Tresham Day Centre, Carlton Dene Residential Home, the Butterworth Centre and Westmead Elderly Resource Centre to create their own poetry. The poems are presented to them in their own book at the end of the residency. The work has also involved staff training around using simple arts interventions as a way of personalising care. Susanna’s time in Westminster has inspired a performance based on both the poems and her own reflections on working in this way. Places are free due to Arts Council England support.
And finally, in Newton, MA, June 2 and 3, you are invited to join me for a 2 day workshop, Bringing Dance to People with Dementia.
Learn how to use music, movement, props and humor to engage people with dementia to express themselves, be more lively, and have fun.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2101 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
Lunch is complimentary.
Register online at http://octaband.com/workshops.htm or send message to learn more.