Grace stands out as the definitive documentation of Alzheimer’s disease, both following the progression of the disease and the inspirational caregiving efforts of her husband over a period of seven years. The documentary starts in the early years of the disease when Grace is already having short term memory problems, experiencing catastrophic outbursts when frustrated, and starting to get lost in parking lots. Grace has been broadcast on public television and has won a regional Emmy award for best documentary as well as top awards in numerous other competitions.
Topics: progression of Alzheimer’s disease, family caregiving, wandering, memory impairment, loss of function, loss of speech
Audience: Alzheimer’s support groups, family caregivers, social workers, nursing and allied health students, assisted living and day care staff
Alzheimer’s Patients: Providing Person-Centered Care is a staff development DVD developed for nursing assistants. A discussion with nursing assistants, led by Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, as well as footage of staff interacting with residents provides the guidelines for developing a relationship with the resident which acknowledges who the person is and preferences for care. Suggestions provide a baseline for quality care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Topics: person-centered care, individualized care, Alzheimer’s disease, elder care, communication, respecting choices, minimizing agitation and catastrophic reactions
Audience: staff in long-term care, assisted living, day care, and rehabilitation programs. Students in programs for: nursing, nursing assistant, physical therapy, and social work