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Brain Boosting Activities: A Resource Guide for Facilitators of Early Memory Loss Programs


By Kristin Einberger, Marian S. Smith, ed. The Brookdale Foundation Group. 187 pages.

In this book, you will find cognitively stimulating and engaging activities and resources for facilitators of Early Memory Loss (EML) programs. This book focuses on the brain’s capability for growth by giving proven strategies for memory improvement including research background information, advice, worksheets, and suggested activities which have the potential to achieve this goal. Many of these specialized activities also work well in virtual sessions and are useful for anyone wishing to “boost their brains” at home or during in-person programming. 

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How To Plan and Implement an Early Memory Loss Program

By Kristin Einberger and Janelle Sellick. The Brookdale Foundation. 125 pages.


This how-to-guide outlines a successful, innovative social day program model that addresses the special needs of people with early memory loss (EML). This EML program emphasizes memory enhancement through cognitive stimulation, education and socialization. The manual provides a practical, step-by-step approach to planning and developing this supportive program.

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Field of Themes: 100 Activities for our Senior Friends


By Barbara Fister and Sylvia Valentine. 240 pages.


This user-friendly manual is a creative collection of 100 theme-based activities designed for social day programs and other group settings. Each theme is based on a four-hour program that offers opportunities for organized and spontaneous interaction including socialization, exercise, fine motor activities, games, and special projects.

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How to Start and Manage a Group Activities and Respite Program for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Families: A Guide for Community-Based Organizations

3rd Edition. The Brookdale Foundation. 74 pages


In this guide, you will find a compilation of best practices learned over the 30 years of developing and sustaining Group Respite programs around the country. Some of the program design elements described in the manual include site selection, volunteer recruitment and management, outreach and marketing, activity programming, budgeting, fundraising, and program evaluation.

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Developing Rural Relatives as Parents Programming: Promising Practices: A Collection of Practice Wisdom from Across Rural America

By Lenard Kaye, DSW/PhD, Director Melissa Adle, MSW, Research Assistant Jennifer Crittenden, MSW, Research Associate

54 pages.


This manual is designed to provide both new and established Relatives as Parents Programs (RAPPs) with ideas on how to best serve rural grandfamilies. Much of the in- formation contained in this manual is the result of a year-long research effort conducted by the University of Maine Center on Aging. The result of this effort is a collaborative and comprehensive manual showcasing many of the promising practices in use across the country. Throughout the manual we feature “Insider Tip” boxes that highlight quotes from the various interviews and surveys con- ducted for this manual so you can get the inside perspective on how others are carrying out their work with grandfamilies.

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The Grandfamilies Outcome Workgroup (GrOW) is a national network of stakeholders working across systems of care in support of kinship families. GrOW intentionally integrates the lived experiences of kinship caregivers in the evaluation methods, tools, and resources it develops and shares. GrOW’s mission statement is to emphasize the importance of the application of evaluation tools to identify needs and support best practices in partnership with kinship families. GrOW conducted two national surveys with kinship caregivers regarding the impact of Covid-19 on their families. The GrOW tip sheets share significant findings from these surveys and provide practical recommendations for providers to best support kincare families.


Click here for link to GrOW tipsheets.



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