Color Your Mind: A Coloring Book for those with Alzheimer's and the People Who Love Them

By: Maria Shriver

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Color Your Mind was created with expert insights from caregivers, neurologists, psychologist, and people living with Alzheimer’s. The book is intended to be a resource for care partners and loved ones of dementia who want to communicate and connect with them more easily. It provides creative activities and coloring pages to spur conversation and reflection and reduce stress. The book also includes helpful information on nutrition, exercise, sleep, and other activities to make interacting with and caring for people living with dementia more meaningful.

Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together

By: Deborah Shouse

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Deborah Shouse and dozens of experts in the field of dementia share ideas that engage the creative spirit so you can continue to experience those meaningful moments of connecting. These easy and adaptable projects–music, art, movies, cooking, storytelling, gardening, movement, and many more–can foster stronger relationships, renew hope, and ignite a sense of purpose for people who are living with dementia and their care partners.

Bringing Art to Life: Reflections on Dementia and the Transforming Power of Art and Relationships

By: Daniel C. Potts, MD

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Enlightened by his father’s artistic gift revealed in the throes of dementia, neurologist Daniel C. Potts tells how his father’s creativity inspired the development of the Bringing Art to Life program, sharing stories of its participants, both persons living with dementia and their student partners, and of the power of art and authentic relationships to foster spiritual growth and make meaning even amidst life’s greatest challenges.

A Heart That Knows Your Name: Poetry Inspired by Persons Living with Dementia and Care Partners

By: Daniel Potts

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Authored by a neurologist who started writing poetry after his father’s previously unknown artistic talent was revealed in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, “A Heart That Knows Your Name” is a collection of poetry and song lyrics inspired by the lives, art and stories of persons living with dementia and their care partners.

Dementia Arts

By: Gary Glazner

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Use poetry and the arts to encourage and facilitate communication with people with dementia in a fun and unique way! Dementia Arts guides readers in incorporating poetry, music, and other arts into activity programming to increase interaction and encourage amusement and joy in dementia care.

Memories in the Making

By: La Doris “Sam” Heinly, MSW

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La Doris “Sam” Heinly wrote the Memories in the Making (MIM) book, “to memorialize the best practices of talented art facilitators across the country, and to provide a framework for expanding the program to new locations.” It has been recognized nationally as a model for dementia care. The book is based on over twenty years of experience with the MIM program, and her own experiences as an art facilitator.

Playing with Paint: Art Activities for People with Dementia

By: Karin Cook

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Playing with Paint is a workbook for caregivers to help people with dementia have the joy of making art. Materials, procedure, and results are provided for each activity. The results of each activity are illustrated with paintings by residents of dementia facilities.

The Alzheimer’s Creativity Project: The Caregiver’s Ultimate Guide to a Good Day; Communication and Activities in the World of Alzheimer’s

By: Jytte Fogh Lokvig

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Creative activities for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in an easy-to-follow format for professionals and family caregivers. A full color guide to projects, art making, and other purposeful activities, as well as the basics of effective communication and approaches. This book is based on ten years of creativity sessions with people with advanced dementia and late stage Alzheimer’s.

The Planet Alzheimer’s Guide : 8 Ways the Arts Can Transform the Life of Your Loved One and Your Own

By: Mary Crescenzo

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This how-to guide provides expert advice for caregivers, family and friends about how to use arts engagement as an alternative way to connect and communicate with persons with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Designed as a step-by-step guide, this book will show you how to spark the creative spirit we all share, even in those with this disease. By letting go of traditional means of communication, you will discover unconventional ways to interact through imaginative yet dignified art experiences.

UnMasking Alzheimer's: The Memories Behind the Masks Paperback – August 11, 2019

By: Cynthia Huling Hummel

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“UnMasking Alzheimer’s: The Memories Behind the Masks” is a collection of photographs of the thirty-six masks created by Alzheimer’s advocate and artist, Cynthia Huling Hummel along with her reflections on the challenges and hopes of living well with an AD diagnosis.

A Pocket Guide to Arts Activities for People with Dementia

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This pocket guide contains resources and guidance on how to engage more effectively with people who are living with dementia. The first section of the guide provides basic information on how to approach arts activities.

Becoming A Dementia-Friendly Arts Venue: A Practical Guide

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Becoming a dementia-friendly arts venue: A practical guide is a guide for arts venue managers and staff on how to make the environment, facilities and programming of arts venues accessible to people with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia & Imagination: Research Informed Approaches to Visual Arts Programs

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This handbook is a result of a research project and is intended to be used by artists and other people who plan to deliver arts-based activities with people who are living with dementia. It is a set of useful ideas and recommendations that come from a robust research project setting out some foundations for developing visual arts projects with and for, people affected by dementia.

Dementia-friendly Arts Guide (Alzheimer’s Society UK)

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The Dementia-friendly arts guide is a guide for arts venue managers and staff on how to make the environment, facilities and programming of arts venues accessible to people with dementia, their families and carers.