Caregiver of Alzheimer's patient? Our DVDs help calm and relax person with Alzheimer's
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Benefits of Using These DVDs in Alzheimer's Caregiving

Because of the nature of memory diseases, it is hard for Alzheimer's sufferers to watch television and movies. It is difficult and frustrating to follow the plot and remember the characters of movies, situation comedies and dramas. Most television programs are also geared these days to a younger audience and have a lot of fast paced, jarring pictures with loud music that can be irritating to older viewers.

Our videos are an alternative to regular television programs, and each DVD has no story or characters. They are filled with scenes of nature, including Saguaro National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, wetlands in Florida, the Blue Ridge Mountains and tropical fish in the Bahamas, all set to natural sound and soft pleasant music. The DVDs show deer, buffalo, colorful fish, wild birds and other animals in these pastoral settings, with many scenes of mountains, creeks, waterfalls, geysers, lakes, wild flowers, and sunsets.

The videos are used in in-home care settings, nursing homes, and residential group homes. Nursing homes are finding them very useful in the recreation areas of their Special Care Units and Alzheimer's Units, and spouses and adult children are using the DVDs in their homes to care for their loved ones.

 

Relief for the "36 Hour Day"

The response from Alzheimer's caregivers has been remarkable. In-home caregivers are finding that their loved ones are able to relax and enjoy the tape, freeing the caregiver to do their household tasks while the Alzheimer's victim watches the DVD.

 

"I'm a live-in caregiver for a 74 year old elderly woman with Alzheimer's. She often becomes agitated and restless throughout the day and evening. However, since I started using Lake Solitude Media's videos as a relaxation tool, my struggles have diminished considerably. The scenic views, calming music and sounds of nature have captured the woman's attention. At times she becomes calm and tranquil, and at other times she becomes sleepy and takes a nap. I highly recommend these videos."

- Rosita Nunez

Live-in caregiver

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Wonderful Gift

We know that it can be very difficult to find an appropriate gift for a person with Alzheimer's disease. Our videotapes can be a great gift or a birthday present, either for the person with AD or for the caregiver.

The response from Alzheimer's caregivers has been remarkable. In-home caregivers are finding that their loved ones are able to relax and enjoy the tape, freeing the caregiver to do their household tasks while the Alzheimer's victim watches the DVD.

These videos are better than regular television!

Because of the nature of memory diseases, it is hard for Alzheimer's sufferers to watch television and movies. It is difficult and frustrating to follow the plot and remember the characters of movies, situation comedies and dramas.

Most television programs are also geared these days to a younger audience and have a lot of fast paced, jarring pictures with loud music that can be irritating to older viewers.

Our DVDs are an alternative to regular television programs, and each video has no story or characters. They are filled with scenes of nature, including Saguaro National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, wetlands in Florida, the Blue Ridge Mountains and tropical fish in the Bahamas, all set to natural sound and soft pleasant music.

The videos show deer, buffalo, colorful fish, wild birds and other animals in these pastoral settings, with many scenes of mountains, creeks, waterfalls, geysers, lakes, wild flowers, and sunsets.

These videos were produced with the needs of Alzheimer's caregivers in mind. The beautiful nature scenery, the relaxing pace of the editing and the soothing music were specifically designed to provide the Alzheimer's sufferer with a type of visual experience that will be relaxing and an aid to lessen their agitation.


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"I think the video is wonderful. We use it a couple times a week with our Alzheimer's residents after meals. Our other residents enjoy watching the DVD in the lobby area."

-Mary Ann Starkland
Crestview Nursing Home

Crestview, KS

These videos have caught the attention of the media.

Recently a local newspaper, the Gillette News-Record, featured these videos in a story about Alzheimer's care giving.

 

New Video Aims at Alzheimer's

by Karen J. Coates

News-Record Writer

A Wyoming company has released a video with splendid nature scenes to calm Alzheimer's patients and relieve their caregivers from a taxing job.

Lake Solitude Media recently produced "Beautiful Wyoming" with the sights and sounds of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, and the Big Horn Mountains.

Greg Irwin said he worked with Alzheimer's caregivers to produce a soothing video that's easy for patients to follow. "They can just enjoy the pictures and the music," he said.

Arlene Osborn, who has experience working with people with Alzheimer's, said the scenic video is ideal for Alzheimer's patients who can't concentrate on shows with characters and dialogue.

"It's really difficult for people with Alzheimer's," she said. "So people don't have to keep up with the dialogue. There's no narration. The only sound is either music or natural sound."

She said she has loaned the video to families of Alzheimer's patients in Casper and a nursing home for both patients and caregivers to enjoy.

"It gave the person with Alzheimer's something to watch," she said, "and it gave the person who's caring for them a respite. We're always kind of on the lookout for things people can use to give themselves some respite."

Irwin said the video can be used to jog Wyoming patients' memories of places they have visited. "These are things that people have done and remember," he said. "They may remember things from a long time ago. These are things from people's pasts."

Osborn said the video provides an activity that Alzheimer's patients and their families can do together. "It's a real nice reminiscence tool, as well, if a family can sit down together and watch it," she said.

Cheryl Wilson, a unit coordinator at a nursing home in Casper, said she hadn't expected the video to occupy her Alzheimer's patients for its entire 30 minutes. "They really enjoyed it," she said. "It had a calming effect. It surprised me that they would sit and watch it. Their attention span isn't very good."

Her patients haven't responded as well to movies she's shown in the past, like "Mary Poppins," she said. "They like the scenery movies better."

The videos can be ordered from Lake Solitude Media, PO Box 463, Casper, WY 82602.

  • My name is Greg Irwin, and I started producing this series of DVDs for persons with Alzheimer's over ten years ago. It all started for me when the father of a close friend of mine was exhibiting the signs of Alzheimer's disease, and we began to search for ways to ease the burdens of caregiving and to provide an alternative to regular TV shows. My friend's father was a veteran and scenes on TV of war and conflict were very agitating. He also had a hard time with emotional programs like soap operas and talk shows.
  • I have been a video producer for more than twenty years, and have been fortunate to live in one of the most scenic parts of the United States. We began to experiment with putting together videos that consisted of beautiful scenes of nature, wildlife and flowers, and set them to calming and relaxing music. My friend's father responded quite well to these videos. Later I was approached by other caregivers, and showed the videos to other caregivers. I have included testimonials on this website describing caregivers' experiences using the videos at home and in nursing homes.

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The Benefits for Alzheimer's Victims

Lake Solitude Media's DVDs can be a wonderful gift for both the AD sufferer and for their caregivers. The videos can provide restful, calming entertainment for the person with Alzheimer disease, and can provide respite and a fun activity for their caregivers.

As you know, persons with Alzheimer Disease and related dementia suffer from problems with short-term memory. They have a difficult time following events over a period of time that you and I would consider short. They also can have high levels of frustrations with day-to-day tasks and actions that they had no difficulty performing earlier in life.

Problems with Regular Television

In our quest to provide relief for Alzheimer sufferers and their caregivers, we have found many instances of problems with television watching. AD victims may have difficulty distinguishing between what they see on the television screen and real life. For example, some veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict are suffering from stages of Alzheimer Disease. During the Gulf War in 1991 and the conflict in Iraq, nursing homes and other caregivers found that many of these veterans were very distressed when they saw images of war on television. The tank battles, soldiers in action, naval activity and scenes of combat triggered certain memories of very stressful times in their lives, and some AD sufferers even felt that they were back at war. Nursing homes found that they needed to prevent some AD sufferers from watching the news.

Other types of regular television may no longer be a pleasant experience. The popular trivia-based game shows like "Jeopardy" require memory to be enjoyed; news programs do not make sense to an AD sufferer, if they don't remember who today's celebrities and politicians are; the plots of mysteries and dramas are too hard to follow; even modern situation comedies may be too difficult to understand.

Why Our Videos Aren't Like Regular Television

Lake Solitude Media's DVDs are produced to be an alternative. Each video consists of pleasant scenes of nature, with relaxing, calming music and natural sounds on the soundtrack. There are no plots to follow, no disturbing images, and no dialogue (these are not travel videos or nature documentaries!). For example, the DVD Beautiful Wyoming shows the scenic wonders, waterfalls, rivers and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the Big Horn Mountains. Life Beneath The Sea shows many different colorful fish swimming in the enchanting beauty of coral reefs in the Bahamas. Each video is edited to have a calming and relaxing effect with the needs of persons with dementia as our primary concern.

How The Videos May Be Used Effectively

Lake Solitude Media's DVDs may be used as a pleasant activity shared by the person with AD and their family and caregivers. You may watch the videos together, and share a conversation about the pretty scenery, the wildlife, and colorful flowers. Since there is no plot to follow, it can be an experience that does not require sitting through a long movie or TV show to be enjoyable. You may watch and share as much or as little of each DVD at a time. The person with AD may also enjoy viewing the tape alone, while the caregiver performs household tasks. But, Lake Solitude Media's videos are not meant to be "baby-sitting" tools, but are intended to be an activity that is pleasant and enjoyable for both the person with AD and their family.

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