Elder Care Conversations

$99.95

ISBN 978-1-938870-04-0
USB flash drive
12 PowerPoint presentations
5+ hours of audio
43 handouts
© 2012


See this introduction to Elder Care Conversations with program developers David Troxel and Kathy Laurenhue.

In 12 modules, this comprehensive, easy-to-use program of audio recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and printable materials provides:

  • Hundreds of practical ideas to start, improve, or transform your activity programming
  • Dozens of specific activity ideas that work with elders in all kinds of care settings, from skilled nursing to memory care
  • Downloadable, listen-to-anywhere MP3 audio files for each module
  • PowerPoint slides for instant staff training
  • Printable handouts for on-the-spot activities
  • A dozen MindPlay Connection™ titles providing 150+ themed trivia quizzes, word games, and discussion topics

PLUS this portable USB flash drive contains a comprehensive list of resources linking you to a virtual library of recommended books, websites, and other instructional materials.

  1. Activity Programming
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Firsts
  1. Adapting Activities for Dementia
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: Communication Tips
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Pleasing Poetry
  1. Keeping Up Appearances: ADLS as Activities
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: You Would Resist, Too, If It Happened to You
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—It’s All Relative, Part 1
  1. Innovative Art Programming
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource LIst
    • Handout: Sample Art Projects from the Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Activities
    • Handout: Adult Art Supply List
    • Handout: Common Patterns in the Art of People with Dementia
    • Handout: Sam Heinly Article
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Color Me Beautiful
  1. Energizing Your Exercise Programming
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Summertime and the Living Is Easy
  1. Homework: Hitting a Homerun with Household Chores
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: Fill in the Blank Activity
    • Handout: List of Possible Household Chores
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Nostalgia TV
  1. Just for Men
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Fishing Theme Leader’s Guide and Handouts
    • Handout: Dog Biscuits
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Occupying Occupations
  1. Sharing Life Stories
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: Choose One
    • Handout: Best Qualities
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Love and Marriage, Part 2
  1. Magical Music
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Master Resource List
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Music to Lighten the Mood
  1. In the News
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: USA Today as an Activity Generator
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Odd Celebrations
  1. The Great Outdoors
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: Activities from the Garden
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—In the Garden
  2. Celebrating Spirituality
    • Downloadable MP3 File
    • PowerPoint Outline
    • Top 10 Takeaways
    • Master Resource List
    • Handout: Things to Keep in Mind When the Older Adult Has Dementia
    • Handout: How to Visit Someone at Home and Feed His/Her Spirit
    • Handout: How to Help Feed the Spirit of the Family Caregiver
    • Handout: Basic Information on Major Religions
    • Wiser Now Mind Play Booklet Sample—Humorous Quotations

Elder Care Conversations (Troxel & Laurenhue Excerpt) by Health Professions Press

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David Troxel, M.P.H.

David Troxel, M.P.H., most recently served as President and CEO of the California Central Coast Alzheimer’s Association, Santa Barbara, California. Today he is a consultant and speaker for dementia and long-term care programs. He has worked in the field of dementia care since 1986 and currently serves on the Ethics Advisory Panel of the national Alzheimer’s Association. With Virginia Bell, he has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books.

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Kathy Laurenhue, M.A.

Kathy Laurenhue, M.A., is CEO of Wiser Now, Inc., a company focused on training and product and curriculum development related to older adults, with an emphasis on positive mind stimulation, life stories, dementia, and caregiving. For the past 15 years, Kathy has given training seminars throughout the United States and Australia, and has developed multi-media training materials for national companies in both countries.

In the 1990s, Kathy was president of Better Directions, Inc., a multi-media training company that emphasized a practical, but light-hearted approach to Alzheimer’s care. She was also the editor of Wiser Now, an international award-winning monthly newsletter for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Her interest in life stories began in the early 1970s as she began interviewing relatives to try to make sense of her father’s complicated genealogy. This was followed by a home business of writing the life stories of others, teaching life stories through the local community college, leading programming sessions in long-term care, and ultimately writing Getting to Know the Life Stories of Older Adults.

Kathy has a master’s degree in instructional technology and an undergraduate degree in English and journalism. She began putting these skills to work in the field of dementia while serving as the primary caregiver for her ever-cheerful mother, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1996.

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