Friday, February 5, 2010

A new book about Alzheimer's and memory loss...

Kristi Maxwell of Health Professions Press has told me about a new book that's being published. Kristi wrote:

We have published a new book that I think might interest you and your readers. It's entitled Let's Look Together: An Interactive Picture Book for People with Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Memory Loss by Rae-Lynn Cebul Ziegler.

Using the principles of sensory integration, occupational therapist Rae-Lynn Cebul Ziegler presents photographs that trigger multiple and varied sensory reactions (tasting, hearing, touching) for maximum mental engagement. These reactions open the door for conversation and reminiscence and pave the way for a meaningful interaction. Each photograph is displayed alone on the page, without words. This helps the viewer stay focused on the image and interpret, react to, and discuss it in whatever way it is experienced in that particular moment—every page is a failure-free activity.

You can read more information about this book online at

I am definitely interested in the book and look forward to receiving a copy. I'm interested in it not only for the sake of dementia/Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, but for those who suffer from memory loss due to TIA's (Transient Ischemic Attack), particularly combat veterans. I'm a member of Tampa Area Marine Parent Association (T.A.M.P.A.), and TIA's are something combat-vet families are familiar with due to combat-related injuries their vets have received. Memory problems are central to this issue, and hopefully this book will be a help for TIA, also.

If you get a copy of the book, please let me know how it helps you or your family member. Thank you!

Kristi, thank you so much for the heads-up on this new help.

Best wishes,
Caregiver at Home


  1. For Alzheimer's or dementia this is still being reseached, but it's worth checking out the Free Sound Therapy Home Programme available from Sensory Activation Solutions. Their Auditory Activation Method builds on the pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (Tomatis method) and Dr. Guy Bérard (Auditory Integration Training) and has been specifically developed with the aim to improve sensory processing, interhemispheric integration and cognitive functioning. It has helped many children and adults with a wide range of learning and developmental difficulties, ranging from dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder to sensory processing disorders and autism. It is not a cure or medical intervention, but a structured training programme that can help alleviate some of the debilitating effects that these conditions can have on speech and physical ability, daily behaviour, emotional well-being and educational or work performance.

    There is no catch, it's absolutely free and most importantly often effective. Check it out at:

  2. Thank you so much for the info, Stefan. I've been to the website and will let others know about the program who have a need. Excellent!

    Best wishes,