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The hen that laid the golden
omelette: a guide to art classes
for people with dementia – the
experiences and learning of
two volunteers over 10 years
Barbara Davison and Barbara Potter
Even when the memory and senses
fail, people with dementia may
experience the joy of creativity
through watercolour painting. This
is the liberating message of Barbara
Davison and Barbara Potter’s inspiring
Sefton Art Project.
In The Hen that Laid the Golden
Omelette, they outline the philosophy
and techniques that evolved during
their 10 years of assisting people
with dementia to express themselves
Illustrated with the exuberant
and moving images of the artists
themselves, this book challenges the
assumption that people with dementia
can no longer live productive lives and
offers practical advice to those who may
follow in their path.
Live and laugh with dementia:
the essential guide to maximising
quality of life
Dr Lee-Fay Low
An easy-to -read book that highlights the
importance of all of us remaining involved
in physical and mental activities to keep
our brains healthy and fit as we age.
It outlines the many different ways
the brain functions and shows how
dementia may affect these abilities.
Dr Low provides practical strategies
and tips on topics such as whether
it is okay to lie to the person with
dementia, how to present activities,
communicating more effectively,
how to maintain friendships and
connections, and how to involve
family and friends.
Useful case studies offer
examples of interactions between
a person with dementia and their
carer, and provide positive ways
to respond in similar situations.
This book is based on research
and scientific evidence, as well as
Dr Low’s many years of experience
working with people with dementia
and their carers.
Reviewed by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
educator Pam Davis.
Activities for older people in care
homes: a handbook for successful
This activities book is useful and very
readable, as the author draws on
her own experiences as leisure staff
in residential and community aged
care. The book is written for the UK
environment but easily adapts to our
own. I would recommend this book to
people starting out in this profession
and doing creative activities with
clients in aged care. It has chapters
on planning, art and craft, and
cooking, as well as extensive
discussions of appropriate exercise,
outings, spirituality, theme days and
The reference section is a useful
guide to other books on activities
and dementia. This would be a great
book for a student studying aged care or
leisure and lifestyle.
Reviewed by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
diversional therapist Lauretta Kaldor.
Strengthen your mind: activities for
people with early memory loss
Kristen Einberger and Janelle Sellick
If you are running out of ideas for
quizzes for your groups, this book
will give you ideas and topics to try.
The quizzes are aimed at providing
stimulation of long-term memory using
prompts of the different senses.
The approach is light-hearted and
promotes fun and socialisation. This
book would also be a valuable tool for
people with early memory loss.
THE ALZHEIMER’S AUSTRALIA NSW LIBRARY OFFERS FREE LOANS OF BOOKS,
DVDS AND OTHER RESOURCES TO MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
HERE ARE REVIEWS OF SOME OF THE ITEMS AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT.
We’d love to hear what you think of the library resources. Submit a review, and we’ll
choose a few for publication in each issue. Post or email your reviews to Sonia Byrnes,
including your full name and suburb. E: Sonia.Byrnes@alzheimers.org.au P: Sonia Byrnes,
PO Box 6042, North Ryde NSW 2113
These items and many more
are available to members of
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW,
and can be picked up from
and returned to local resource
centres and offices. Resources
can also be posted to you if
you are unable to get to one of
our library sites. Find a list of
offices and resource centres
on the Alzheimer’s Australia
NSW website, and contact the
library to borrow items.
T: (02) 9888 4218
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