Monday, January 5, 2009

Joan Beloff, and the book "Through the Seasons"

At the end of October, I spoke about early TV at Chilton Memorial Hospital, in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. The talk was part of the hospital's "New Vitality" program (a "Health and Wellness Program For People 50 and Older"). Joan Beloff is the program's Director. She's also director of Community Outreach at the hospital.

I learned this week, via the latest "New Vitality" newsletter, that Joan co-authored a book that was brought out in mid-2008 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book, Through the Seasons, was written with Cynthia Green, and is a workbook about Alzheimer's disease (and other illnesses affecting memory). Its subtitle is: "An Activity Book for Memory-Challenged Adults and Caregivers."

From the book's description, on "Mental stimulation has been found to offer demonstrable benefits for people with Alzheimer disease, dementia, or other memory impairment. Through the Seasons helps family members and caregivers engage memory-challenged adults in simple, enjoyable activities that provide stimulation and enhance communication."

Here's the book's link: