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Activity and LTC Books and Videos


Activity Directors need activity ideas. Why invent the wheel when there are hundreds of activity ideas already "created" for you and ready to use.

I have collected links to many activity books and videos that you can use for your program.

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Alzheimer's Activities: Hundreds of Activities for Men and Women With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (Hardcover)
by B. J. Fitzray

Rayve Productions Inc (June 1, 2001)
ISBN: 1877810800

A Different Visit: Activities for Caregivers and their Loved Ones with Memory Impairments (Spiral-bound)
by Adena Joltin, Cameron J. Camp, Beverly H. Noble, Vincent M. Antenucci

Menorah Park Center for Senior Living (June 1, 2005)
ISBN: 0967634334

Nursing Home Activities Specialist (Paperback)
by National Learning Corporation (Editor)

National Learning Corp (October 2005)
ISBN: 0837336422


Waiting at the Gate: Creativity & Hope in the Nursing Home (Activities, Adaptation, & Aging Ser.)) (Paperback)
by Susan L. Sandel, David Read Johnson

Haworth Press (April 1987)
ISBN: 0866567100

The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities: 147 Fun, Easy, and Enriching Activities (Paperback)
by Virginia Bell, David Troxel, Tonya M. Cox, Robin Hamon

Health Professions Press (September 15, 2004)
ISBN: 1878812882

Keeping Busy : A Handbook of Activities for Persons With Dementia (Paperback)
by James R. Dowling

The Johns Hopkins University Press
(May 1, 1995)
ISBN: 0801850592

Beyond Bingo : Innovative Programs for the New Senior by Sal. Jr Arrigo, Ann Lewis, Hank Mattimore

Paperback (October 1992)
Venture Pub; ISBN: 0910251584

Beyond Bingo 2 : More Innovative Programs for the New Senior by Sal, Jr. Arrigo

Paperback - 64 pages (May 1998)
Venture Pub; ISBN: 0910251967

More Than a Game : A New Focus on Senior Activity Services by Brenda Corbett

More Than a Game is a guide to providing the quality of life to which every resident is entitled.

Hardcover 2nd edition (March 1998)
Venture Pub; ISBN: 0910251940

Leisure in Later Life by Michael J. Leitner, Sara F. Leitner

Designed for students preparing to work with elders in recreational settings, nursing homes, and senior centers, the materials outline activities and program planning emphasizing intergenerational activity, exercise, dance, and special topics in sexuality and hospice care.

Paperback - 466 pages 2nd edition (January 1999)
Haworth Pr; ISBN: 1560249668

Leisure Services With the Elderly by Joseph E. Teaff

The philosophical orientation of this volume is grounded in the basic principles that aging is a natural life cycle process and that leisure services are absolutely vital if there is to be enjoyment throughout the life cycle. The exciting topic of leisure services with the elderly is presented in a concise form.

(August 1990)
Waveland Press; ISBN: 0881335711

Aging and Leisure : Vitality in Later Life (Series in Recreation and Leisure) by Richard D. MacNeil, Michael L. Teague

Hardcover (February 1987)
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0130187224

Making the Moments Count : Leisure Activities for Caregiving Relationships
by Joanne Ardolf Decker (Paperback - November 1997)

For professional, volunteer, and family caregivers, here is an invaluable guide to creating meaningful and enjoyable activities for people needing long-term care. Through descriptions of individual situations, the author shows how caregivers can focus on keeping the mind active; general body movement; influencing self-esteem and outlook; hobbies, interests, and feeling useful; and much more.

200 pages (November 1997)
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801857007

Mealtime Manual for People With Disabilities and the Aging by Judith Lannefeld Klinger, Howard Institute of Rehabilitation medicine

Consumer's companion edition to: Meal Preparation and Training: the Health Care Professional's Guide. Handbook of adaptive kitchen skills covering kitchen planning, handling utensils, serving, cleanup, food choice, and shopping.

Price: $26.00

Paperback - 232 pages 3 edition (October 1997)
Slack, Inc.; ISBN: 1556423411


Expressive Arts for the Very Disabled and Handicapped for All Ages : For All Ages by Jane G. Cohen, Marilyn Wannamaker

Price: $42.95

Paperback 2nd spiral edition (October 1996)
Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd; ISBN: 039806704X

Community Living Skills Workbook for the Head Injured Adult by Deborah K. Angle, Julie M. Buxton

Price: $108.00

Hardcover (May 1991)
Aspen Pub; ISBN: 0834202107

Creative Arts With Older Adults : A Sourcebook by Naida Weisberg, Rosilyn Wilder (Editor)

Price: $42.95

Hardcover (November 1984)
Human Sciences Pr; ISBN: 0898851610

Availability: This title usually ships within 4-6 weeks.

Art Therapy for Groups : A Handbook for Themes, Games, and Exercises by Marian Liebmann

Price: $19.95

Paperback - 226 pages (April 1986)
Brookline Books; ISBN: 0914797247

Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.

Games for People With Sensory Impairments : Strategies for Including Individuals of All Ages by Lauren J. Lieberman, Jim F. Cowart

Price: $17.00

Paperback (July 1996)
Human Kinetics Pub; ISBN: 0873228901

Availability: On Order; usually ships within 1-2 weeks.


Activities for the Aged and Infirm : A Handbook for the Untrained Worker by Toni Merrill

Hardcover (June 1979)
Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd; ISBN: 0398012946

Assessment : The Cornerstone of Activity Programs by Ruth Perschbacher

Activity programs can't be copied or mass produced because their success depends upon recognizing the individuals involved in creative ways. Assessment is the first step in recognizing such individuals.

Paperback (September 1993)
Venture Pub; ISBN: 0910251622

Arts and Crafts for the Elderly : A Resource Book for Activity Directors in Healthcare Facilities by Evelyn Lowman

Paperback (March 1992)
Springer Pub Co; ISBN: 082617860X

Doing Things : A Guide to Programming Activities for Persons With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders by Jitka M. Zgola, Nancy L. Mace (Designer)

One of the first books written on Alzheimer's and activities, it remains a valuable source of practical ideas for professionals and families. It's an easy book to read and easy to put the book's concepts and ideas into pratice.

Paperback - 149 pages (September 1987) Johns Hopkins Univ Pr;
ISBN: 0801834678

Educational Activity Programs for Older Adults : A 12-Month Idea Guide for Adult Education Instructors and Activity Directors in Gerontology by Janice Lake Williams

Hardcover (October 1984)
Haworth Pr; ISBN: 0866562966

Essentials for the Activity Professional in Long-Term Care by Susan E. Lanza

Thoroughly researched and referenced, this text will provide a comprehensive understanding of all relevant information needed by activity professionals.

Paperback - 339 pages (October 1996) Delmar Pub; ISBN: 0827373872

Failure-Free Activities for the Alzheimer Patient : A Guidebook for Caregivers by Carmel B. Sheridan

Paperback (June 1987) Elder Books; ISBN: 0943873053

Intergenerational Arts in the Nursing Home by Patch Clark

Hardcover (July 1991)
Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN: 0313259658

Keeping Busy : A Handbook of Activities for Persons With Dementia by James R. Dowling, Nancy L. Mace

Paperback - 178 pages (August 1995) Johns Hopkins Univ Pr;
ISBN: 0801850592

The Professional Activity Manager and Consultant by Anne D'Antonio-Nocera (Editor), Nancy Debolt (Editor), Nadine Touhey

Paperback (August 1998)
Idyll Arbor; ISBN: 1882883241

Reminiscence : Uncovering a Lifetime of Memories by Sheridan, Carmel Sheridan

Paperback - 162 pages (January 1991) Elder Books; ISBN: 094387310X

Story Writing in a Nursing Home : A Patchwork of Memories (Monograph Published Simultaneously As Activities, Adaptation & Aging , Vol 16, No 1) by Martha Tyler John (Editor)

Paperback (May 1996)
Haworth Pr; ISBN: 0789060418

Simple Expressions : Creative & Therapeutic Arts for the Elderly in Long-Term Care Facilities by Vicki Parsons, Gregory M. Parsons (Illustrator)

Simple Expressions offers more than 200 ideas for creative and therapeutic art activities that can be adapted and changed to meet the needs and ability levels of almost all long-term care residents.

Paperback (June 1998)
Venture Pub; ISBN: 0910251975

The Therapeutic Purposes of Reminiscence by Mike Bender, Paulette Bauckham, Andrew Norris

Hardcover (February 1999)
Sage Pubns; ISBN: 0803976410

Therapeutic Tai Chi: My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis My Path with Tai Chi
by Gary F. Paruszkiewicz

T'ai Chi: Beginner's Level (1999)

T'AI CHI Beginner's Level. T'ai Chi is an easy to implement, yet extremely beneficial exercise program consisting of 60 short, simple movements known as the Yang Style Short Form. This volume provides an informative, easy-to-understand introduction to the art and practice of T'ai Chi.

Rated: NR
Starring: Claire Hooton, et al.

Edition Details:
• NTSC format (US and Canada only)
• Color, NTSC
• ASIN: 6305107815

David Carradine's Tai Chi: Workout for Beginners (1997)

Rated: NR
Starring: David Carradine, et al.

Edition Details:
• NTSC format (US and Canada only)
• Color, NTSC
• ASIN: 6304945760