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Things To Do Together

  • Reasons are given as to why doing simple things together are such a necessity
  • Lists of ways to ensure the other persons pleasure are provided
  • The importance of doing everyday pleasures is examined
  • Provides lists of things to do for special occasions and celebrations
  • Personal parts of stories from the author's own experiences of doing things together with her mother who had Alzheimer's

This chapter suggests some things that family members/carers can do together with the person with Alzheimer's. The emphasis is on simple, everyday activities- none of them requires any special effort or expense.

Contents include

  • The object of doing things together
    • Pleasure, participation, and making them feel valued
    • Ensuring the other person's pleasure
    • Consider their tastes and abilities
    • Take no for an answer, let them set the pace, and try anything once
  • Everyday pleasures
    • The pleasure of simply doing nothing
    • Grooming
    • Participating in everyday domestic tasks
    • The 'cuppa' and other rituals
    • Everyday amusements and outings
  • Treats, special occasions and celebrations
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Author / Editor Biographies

Dr Jane Crisp lectures in communication, media studies and women's studies. Her experiences with her own mother, who is now in an advanced stage of dementia, first suggested to her the possibility of drawing on her professional background to help people who are dementing and those who care for them. For the last five years Jane has been working on the language of people who are dementing and on strategies for making sense of this language. She has given talks on this work and had articles published both in Australia and overseas. During 1994 she spent six months in France, meeting and exchangi...

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