Reading and Resources List for Professionals


Videos

"Poppy's Head," VHS videocassette (23 min.),: Angell Productions. Brooklyn, Australia: Angell Productions. 1998. : Available from Angell Productions. 130 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn, NSW, 2083, Australia. (02) 9985-7207; FAX: (61) (02) 9985-7175. Internet: http://www.webrightservices.com/angellproductions/. PRICE: $AU80.00 (approximately $48.00 U.S.).

This videotape depicts the story of Poppy, an elderly man who lives with his adult daughter and his teenage grandson, Zeb. The only child of a single, working mother, Zeb relies on Poppy for company and guidance. When Poppy is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Zeb's life changes drastically. He is forced to cope with Poppy's confusion and memory loss, while keeping a constant eye out for Poppy's safety and well-being. Zeb also faces bullying and teasing from his classmates about Poppy's strange behavior. In the end, Zeb learns to cope with Poppy's illness and to take advantage of the time they still have together.

Handbooks/Manuals

"Talking With Children and Teens About Alzheimer's Disease: A Question and Answer Guidebook for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers." McCrea, J.M.; et al. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Center for Social and Urban Research. 1992. Available from Generations Together. University of Pittsburgh, Center for Social and Urban Research, 121 University Place, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. (412) 648-7150. FAX: (412) 624-4810. PRICE: $15.00. Available from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for $15. Call 412-648-7150

This handbook was developed for use by parents, teachers and caregivers to help answer the questions that children and teenagers have about Alzheimer's disease and to help them interact with relatives and other people with dementia. Approaches to discussing Alzheimer's disease with preschool children, school age children, and teenagers are discussed. A series of questions children might ask are presented and discussed, dealing with such topics as personality changes, awareness, behavior, memory loss, and how a child can appropriately respond to unfamiliar behavior and interact with the person with Alzheimer's disease. Examples are given of activities that children or teenagers can enjoy with an older person with dementia. A list of resources is included, providing names of organizations, books for various age levels, and audiovisuals.

"Just for the Summer." (Information Package, Teaching Guide, Manual and Fact Sheet).
Alzheimer's Association. Chicago, IL: Alzheimer's Association. 1991. (information kit). (800) 272-3900; (312) 335-8700; (312) 335-8882 (TDD); FAX (312) 335-1110. PRICE: $25.00 for curriculum manual and 'Just the Facts' kit. Videotape available from Churchill Films, Inc. 12210 Nebraska Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025. (213) 207-6600; (800) 334-7830. PRICE: $295.00 for videotape, $530.00 for 16 mm film.

This information kit is for the video 'Just for the Summer' (see AZAV03144), which tells the story of Philip, a teenaged boy whose grandmother with Alzheimer's disease comes to live with his family. The kit includes the Just for the Summer Curriculum Manual (AZDC03606) and the Just the Facts Kit (AZDC01392) and is designed for use with high school students in a classroom setting, but can be used in other settings such as support group meetings. The kit is meant to help teenagers understand Alzheimer's disease and how it affects both the person with the disease and the family. Suggested student activities, tests, and handouts are included.

"Just for the Summer Curriculum Manual." Teaching Guide. Alzheimer's Association. Chicago, IL: Alzheimer's Association. 1991. 52 p. (curriculum manual). (800) 272-3900; (312) 335-8700; (312) 335-8882 (TDD); FAX (312) 335-1110. PRICE: $25.00.

This curriculum manual is designed for use by the high school teacher in a classroom setting, but may also be used to teach teenagers or adults in other settings such as support group meetings. The manual is part of the Just for the Summer Kit (see AZAV03607) produced by the Alzheimer's Association. The kit includes the video 'Just for the Summer' (see AZAV03144), which tells the story of Philip, a teenaged boy whose grandmother with Alzheimer's disease comes to live with his family. The manual includes sample presentation plans and activities for students. Fact sheets for teachers and students about Alzheimer's disease also are included, along with handouts for students. The handouts include a pretest on Alzheimer's disease, questions for discussion, role playing and communication exercises, fact sheets listing activities for Alzheimer's disease patients, a sample emergency contact sheet, a sample safety checklist, and a final test. The Just the Facts kit (see AZDC01392) is included in the purchase price for the manual, as is a packet of handout masters.

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