I Remember Better When I Paint : Treating Alzheimer’s Through the Creative Arts [videorecording DVD]

From Virginia Pisciotta
Author:  Eric Ellena
I Remember Better When I Paint : Treating Alzheimer’s Through the Creative Arts [videorecording DVD]
I Remember Better When I Paint is a fascinating documentary on how art therapy is producing positive results in those suffering from Alzheimer’s  disease.  Many facilities are now using art and other creative outlets such as music to improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s patients and open up paths of communication between patients and family members or caregivers.  Scientists have found that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity still function in the Alzheimer patient.

Visits to art museums are also highly effective.  You would never guess from watching the visitors respond to the art and listening to their conversations about the art, that they had Alzheimer’s disease.

I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone who has a family member or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or who works in a facility with Alzheimer’s patients.  In fact, I think most anyone would find this both interesting and encouraging.

One False Move

From Dawn  Moore
Title:  One False Move
Author:  Harlan Coben
The 5th in the Myron Bolitar series, the focus is around a female basketball player with all the secrets and deception that you once again think you can figure out and then realize that you are totally off until the last pages. The ending was totally different than the first four books and I am still thinking about it and how it came together. This one gave me a total book hangover.  5 stars.

Peaks & Valleys

From Laura Caran
Title:  Peaks & Valleys
Author:  Spencer Johnson, MD
Book talks about life’s Peaks and Valleys in a story-like fashion of a young man in a valley meeting an older man who is successful and lives on a Peak.  Accepting life as it unfolds knowing the better we handle the valleys, the best chance we have at enjoying the peaks for a longer period of time.