Just A Memory Australia
"Shop for the best Alzheimer's and dementia products in Australia distinctively designed for people with Alzheimer's disease and various dementias and their caregivers.
Our aim is to help boost the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia by offering products that enhance their wellbeing and encourage tactile experiences.
Alzheimer's Products Australia specialise in providing activity and care products to seniors in Nursing Homes, Hostels, Adult Day Care, Home Care and Retirement Villages.
Appropriate activities for Alzheimer’s and dementia are essential as the lack of activity cam be damaging.
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Why Use Alternative Therapies Such As Doll Therapy And Robotic Pet Therapy
Literature indicates a correlation between toy therapy and reducing agitation and distress among people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (James, MacKenzie & Mukaetova-Landinska, 2006; Greer, Pustay, Zaun & Coppens, 2002). James et al. (2006) state that dolls can stimulate memory retrieval, validation, reassurance from memories; provide sensory pleasure, reassurance and comfort; and enhance communication. This is consistent with other literature that states “toys can serve as a shared referent for meaningful communication” (Greer et al., 2002, p.158). These toys need to be age appropriate, because children's plush toys or dolls will not meet appropriate standards of respect and validation.
On the specifics of plush animals, like our Joy For All Companion cats and pups, "they increased the social interest and mental function of nursing home residents. In addition, plush animals produced a positive impact on self-concept and interaction and served as topics of conversation between the residents.” (Greer et al., 2002, p.158). Therefore, you can see there is evidence that our products are beneficial to your patients.
James, I., MacKenzie, L., Mukaetova-Landinska, E. (2006). Doll use in care homes for people with dementia. International journal of geriatric psychology, 21(1), 1093-1098. DOI: 10.1002/gps.1612
Greer, K., Pustay, K., Zaun, T & Coppens, P. (2002). A comparison of the effects of toys versus live animals on the communication of patients with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Clinical gerontologist, 24(3), 157-182. DOI: 10.1300/J018v24n03_13
Latest Research That May Help Slow Alzheimer's and Dementia Disease
MIND diet rich in vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts May ReduceAlzheimer's Disease
By Nancy Di Fiore
Newly published research suggests that a specific diet called the MIND diet may reduce the incidence of brain disease that increases a person’s risk in developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The recent study shows that the MIND diet lowered the risk of Alzheimer's by as much as 53 percent in participants who adhered to the diet rigorously, and by about 35 percent in those who followed it moderately well according to a paper published online on March 19 in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Do Exercise and Physical Activity Protect the Brain?
Exercise and other types of physical activity have many benefits. Studies show that they are good for our hearts, waistlines, and ability to carry out everyday activities. Epidemiological studies and some intervention studies suggest that physical exercise may also play a role in reducing risk for Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.
Exercise may help delay or slow cognitive decline in older adults.
What Aged Care Could Look Like In The Future
De Hogeweyk, operated by nursing home Hogewey, is a gated model village in Weesp, Netherlands. It has been designed specifically as a pioneering care facility for elderly people with dementia. The benefit of using all-day reminiscence therapy at Hogewey, compared to traditional nursing homes, is that the residents with dementia are more active and require less medication. The setting has been compared to that depicted in the film The Truman Show. Carers, doctors and nurses work around the clock to provide the 152 residents the necessary 24-hour care.
The doctors, nurses and carers aim to make the experience as real as possible to the residents. Residents shop at the supermarket and assist with preparing and cooking as they would at home. The carers wear normal daytime clothing rather than clinical clothing and fit into a role that the dementia sufferers are likely to be comfortable with; in the working class households the carers are seen to be neighbours or carers, while in the aristocratic/upper class setting, the nurses act akin to servants. The living styles have different types of music playing, significantly varied interior design, food and methods of table setting. Residents in each house have their own large bedroom and meet with other residents to share the living room, kitchen and dining room. There are no locks on the doors, and residents are free to walk or cycle around the village, including choosing to visit the supermarket or cafe.
Our Mission- Alzheimer's Products Australia
To be the most trusted organisation in the development of Alzheimer's care by providing a leading edge service committed to supporting the lives of people affected by Alzheimer's and dementia, their families and caregivers.
We have best products in our store for Activity staff to enhance their programs in Nursing Homes or Adult Day Care Centres and Caregivers caring for their loved one at home.
At "Just A Memory Australia" we are confident our products for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will provide the benefits as previously stated and we stand behind the products we sell.
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