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Reminiscence Therapy

It is a funny thing about Alzheimer's that memories are lost in reverse order; memories formed recently are more fleeting than those from many years ago. Alzheimer's disease starts in the hypothalamus, the region of the brain responsible for putting experiences into memory. When the hypothalamus is damaged, recent experiences never have a chance to become memories. Not until much later in the disease's progression does it affect the regions in the brain in which older memories are stored, and so those memories are available even into later stages of the disease. This phenomenon is responsible for much of the behavior and the symptoms commonly associated with Alzheimer's, and we need to consider its effects when communicating with and selecting activities for people affected by the disease.

Make Yesteryear, not Yesterday, the Focus of Conversation

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  1.   SIMPLE MUSIC PLAYER FOR DEMENTIA

    SIMPLE MUSIC PLAYER FOR DEMENTIA

    $199.95

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    Simple Music Player For Alzheimer's

    The beneficial effects of music for people with dementia are quite outstanding, both for improving the quality of life and for its healthy restorative effects on cognizance and lucidity. A recurring problem however, has been the difficulties people with dementia face when trying to operate modern music playing equipment. Remembering how controls operate or manipulation of knobs, non-tactile buttons, and an array of confusing symbols all limit access to this well proven benefit.

    The Simple Music Player has been designed to be as easy as possible to operate. Setting up the player is undertaken by friends, family or carers, as a one time process. Extensive trialling has verified that the operation is highly intuitive and does not require any prior knowledge or memory to start and stop the player. The styling is also reminiscent of old radios and is instantly recognisable as something which plays music.

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  2. Simple Music Player for Alzheimer's

    SIMPLE MUSIC PLAYER FOR DEMENTIA + YOUR CHOICE OF MUSIC

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    Simple Music Player For Alzheimer's

    The beneficial effects of music for people with dementia are quite outstanding, both for improving the quality of life and for its healthy restorative effects on cognizance and lucidity. A recurring problem however, has been the difficulties people with dementia face when trying to operate modern music playing equipment. Remembering how controls operate or manipulation of knobs, non-tactile buttons, and an array of confusing symbols all limit access to this well proven benefit.

    The Simple Music Player has been designed to be as easy as possible to operate. Setting up the player is undertaken by friends, family or carers, as a one time process. Extensive trialling has verified that the operation is highly intuitive and does not require any prior knowledge or memory to start and stop the player. The styling is also reminiscent of old radios and is instantly recognisable as something which plays music.

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    To operate, there are only three controls:

    • Start playing music - just lift the lid
    • Skip this song - (optional) press the big button
    • Stop the music - close the lid
    The music will always continue from where it was last stopped.

    The styling is also reminiscent of old radios and is instantly recognizable as something which plays music.

    Download a PDF of the Pre-loaded Playlist

    See how easy the Simple Music Player is to use!

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  3.  TALKING PHOTO ALBUM DELUXE

    TALKING PHOTO ALBUM DELUXE

    $74.95

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    We searched long and hard to find our Talking Photo Album Deluxe, the perfect talking photo album for reminiscing. There are other recordable albums available, but most are limited to about ten seconds of recording time per picture. This Deluxe has 200 total minutes of recording time, so you won't be restricted to a few seconds to tell your story. And the available time can be used as you see fit; for example, Use 35 minutes on one particularly memorable photograph, and only 5 minutes on one that elicits less conversation.

    This album is one our favorite gift items for long-distance giving. It is also one of the best reminiscence aids we've found, one that can be completely personalized. Put some older pictures, pictures taken when you were growing up, for instance, and record your memories. Send it to a loved one, and listening to your reminiscence will likely trigger his or her own memories. This is how reminiscence therapy starts. Or send one to Dad as is. Let him select the pictures to fill it with and reminisce about. (Hint: If your brother, for example, is helping to care for Mom, this would be a great gift to send to him. Then he has a really fulfilling activity to do with her. He can even send it back to you to see the results.) For a loved one in the early stages of Alzheimer's, fill it with recent pictures to show-and-tell Mom what you've been doing since you saw her last. This is a perfect way to catch up.

    Another use for the Talking Photo Album is as an instruction manual. If your parent is still able to live alone, but sometimes has trouble remembering how to operate the microwave or the dishwasher, put a picture of the appliance in the album and record verbal instructions. Instructions other than appliance operations can also be recorded(e.g., emergency contacts and other important information, Daily event schedule.

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  4. EVERYDAY FASHIONS OF THE FIFTIES

    EVERYDAY FASHIONS OF THE FIFTIES

    $16.95

    Comprehensive view of what middle-class Americans were wearing in the fifties. One hundred twenty pages of illustrations, accompanied by descriptive captions, depict one-piece strapless bathing suits and dresses with plunging necklines for women; business suits with wide lapels--and equally wide ties--for men; bluejeans, plaid shirts, and full, knee-length swing skirts for girls; fringed cowboy suits for youngsters of both genders; and much more. Over 300 black-and-white illustrations.

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  5. Film Star Portraits of the Fifties

    FILM STAR PORTRAITS OF THE FIFTIES

    $17.95

    163 Glamor Photos

    The brightest stars of the 1950s live on in this wonderful, black-and-white gallery of publicity shots. Includes 114 major stars in their Hollywood heyday: Marlon Brando, James Dean, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Kirk Douglas, William Holden, and dozens more. Also includes stills for A Streetcar Named Desire, The Misfits, and many more.

    This book provides the basis for hours of reminiscing with the film buff in your life. These memorable photographs of iconic stars of the silver screen will inspire hours of conversation. Rent some of their movies: an old movie who's plot is known and remembered (and more often simple) is better than a new movie who's plot can be convoluted and confusing.

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  6. FUN AND GAMES - AN INTERACTIVE BOOK

    FUN AND GAMES - AN INTERACTIVE BOOK

    $19.95

    FUN AND GAMES awakens fond memories of popular sports and leisure activities with vintage, sepia-tone photographs and personal recollections. From bowling to badminton, each page reflects on a touching childhood memory, bringing the reader back to a simpler, carefree time.

    Includes Reminiscent Memories, Innovative Conversation Starters, and Practical Activities

    Features Vivid Photography and Large-Print Text written in Clear, Concise, Easy-to-Read Sentences

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  7. Nostalgic America

    NOSTALGIC AMERICA

    $39.95

    This 104 page, hard cover book is replete with magnificent images and editorial contributed by Getty Images, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, New York Times, Baseball Hall of Fame, NBC, CBS, ABC, various historians and museum curators. This wonderful stroll down memory lane is charming, colorful, and very special. It is sure to inspire reminiscence in all who encounter it!

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  8. PATRIOTIC SONGS AND OTHER AMERICAN FAVORITES - DVD

    PATRIOTIC SONGS AND OTHER AMERICAN FAVORITES - DVD

    $24.95

    This volume of the Sentimental Sing-Along Collection celebrates America in song. Our Sentimental entertainers don their red, white and blue to perform lively renditions of Grand Old Flag, My Country 'Tis of Thee and America the Beautiful.

    Click Here to View Printable Song Lyrics

    Contents

  9. Yankee Doodle/ Grand Old Flag
  10. Give My Regards To Broadway
  11. Old Folks At Home
  12. Battle Hymn Of The Republic
  13. The Sidewalks Of New York
  14. Home On The Range
  15. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
  16. My Darlin' Clementine
  17. Dixie
  18. My Country 'Tis Of Thee
  19. Red River Valley
  20. America The Beautiful
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  • REMINISCING THROUGH THE 20th CENTURY-CROSSWORD PUZZLES

    REMINISCING THROUGH THE 20th CENTURY-CROSSWORD PUZZLES

    $15.95


    Reminiscing through the 20th Century: Crossword Puzzles are fun for all ages, but they are particularly designed for seniors. Whether used as part of a group or independently, activity professionals and speech and language pathologists will find a variety of therapeutic applications working with all ages on attention and concentration, language, cognitive, and/or memory skills, as well as reading and writing.

    Large print makes it easy to read and the simple format provides a wide variety of applications. Choose from the included modification options to meet the needs of a variety of populations.

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    SEARS ROEBUCK HOME BUILDER'S CATALOG

    $19.95

    Sears, Roebuck and Company's 1910 catalog of home building materials, fixtures, and accessories — from roofing and siding to chandeliers and porcelain bathtubs. Vintage ad copy, specifications, and prices provide a nostalgic look back at the way homes were built at the turn of the last century. An authentic source for restorers of homes today, as well as a wonderful source for reminiscence, especially for anyone who was in the home building industry.

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