Respite for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones

The Video Respite series provides you with a tool to improve the quality of life for the person or the people in your care while providing you with a way to improve your own quality of life by providing a respite from the challenges of caring.

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Each of the thirteen videos also provides the caregiver with a way to improve his or her own quality of life by providing a respite from the challenges of caring. All are designed to hold the attention of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through music, light movement, and reminiscence.

This kept Mother entertained like nothing else has for years. I could use it every day or back-to-back because it’s like a new tape each time. If she is depressed or irritable, it will get her out of it. She won’t watch TV, but she is glued to the video.

Video Respite® was developed from valuable research, designed to capture and maintain the attention of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through music, light movement, and the recollection of fond memories. The caregiver, in turn, is able to enjoy short periods of “respite” or “time away” from the challenges of caring.

The people on the videos become very real friends to the people who are watching. As they have a conversation, or sing together, or remember times in the past, you are able to have some time away from the caregiver role, time to prepare a meal, to write a letter, to read a book.

These DVDs are wonderful additions to an overall care strategy. Each provides physical exercise in the form of light movement, socialization, reminiscence, and sensory and cognitive stimulation. All are ideal aids for caring for a person with dementia in the home, and they also work well in a group situation, in nursing homes and Alzheimer’s day care.

The broad variety of subjects and presenters ensures that there is a video for everyone. Tony talks to men and Diane chats with women. George shares Christmas memories, and Joyce remembers favorite things. There is one that celebrates African American culture and another that rejoices in Jewish holidays and traditions. One, A Visit With Maria, is in Spanish.

 

The Videos


GONNA DO A LITTLE MUSIC

While playing the guitar and Autoharp, Marianne engages the viewer as she sings familiar songs and discusses memories such as music lessons, family gatherings, and childhood friends.

Gonna Do a Little Music |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Songs Include:

  • Skip To My Lou
  • Moonlight Bay
  • You Are My Sunshine

Approximate Length: 59 minutes………….. $24.95


LADIES…LET’S CHAT

Diane chats about warm topics from family gatherings and meal preparations to dressing up with hats and courtship days. She enjoys a visit from her two grandchildren.

Ladies Let's Chat |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Songs Include:

 

  • Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
  • Over The River and Through The Woods
  • Eency Weency Spider
  • Mary had A Little Lamb
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Old MacDonald

Approximate Length: 40 minutes………….. $24.95


LUNCH BREAK WITH TONY

Lunchbreak With Tony |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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A visit with Tony on his work break is ideal for men. Subjects include work days, jobs, work companions, baseball, first cars and first loves. Tony’s cuddly dog, Sparky, joins him for a visit.

Songs Include:

  • Take Me Out To The Ballgame
  • I’ve Been Working On The Railroad
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Approximate Length: 25 minutes………….. $24.95


REMEMBERING WHEN…

Songs and memories of “school days” and routines such as reciting the

Remembering When |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Pledge of Allegiance. Includes memories of city and

country life as well as a brief recollection of the Roaring Twenties. A cute Toddler named Kyle visits.

Songs Include:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • Hello My Baby

Approximate Length: 25 minutes………….. $24.95


A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY TIME

Becky recalls and prepares for a Fourth of July celebration. Memories about the American flag, marching bands and parades. Even Becky’s cat joins in on the patriotic visit.

A Yankee Doodle Dandy Time |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Songs Include:

  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
  • It’s A Grand Old Flag
  • Yankee Doodle  
  • Yankee Doodle
  • Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Approximate Length: 30 minutes………….. $24.95


SHARING CHRISTMAS CHEER

Viewers will enjoy memories of the special Christmas season as George discusses the traditions of Christmas trees, gifts and stockings. Many familiar carols are beautifully sung.

Sharing Christmas Cheer |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Songs Include:

  • Jingle Bells
  • Up On The House-Top
  • Silent Night
  • O Holy Night
  • The Night Before Christmas

Approximate Length: 45 minutes………….. $24.95


SHARING FAVORITE THINGS

Sharing Favorite Things |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Joyce discusses pleasant memories of growing up, including hometowns and parents. She shares a visit with a darling one-year-old child and even a lively dog.

Songs Include:

  • Happy Birthday
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Daisy

Approximate Length: 38 minutes………….. $24.95


FAVORITE CANADIAN MEMORIES

Dawn, her baby, and others share early memories of growing up in Canada. Stories of important Canadian events such

Favorite Canadian Memories |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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as Expo ’67 and hockey night are remembered. There’s a visit from Dawn’s brother dressed in his hockey uniform.

Songs Include:

  • London Bridge
  • Frere Jacques
  • Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • O, Canada
  • When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin’ Along

Approximate Length: 35 minutes………….. $24.95


MOVEMENT, MUSIC & MEMORIES

While sharing stories and songs, Cathy encourages viewers to move, walk and march along with favorite songs. There’s a visit from a boy playing kickball and from a fluffy lamb.

Movement, Music, and Memories |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Songs Include:

  • Ring Around the Rosie
  • In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • My Grandfather’s Clock
  • I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles

Approximate Length: 45 minutes………….. $24.95


A KIBITZ WITH DAVID

A Kibitz With David |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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David, a warm, caring Jewish man, recalls weddings, Passover, Chanukah and other holiday celebrations. His wife and children help light the Shabbos candles and sing favorite yiddish songs.

Songs Include:

  • S’vivon
  • Tum Balaliaka
  • Dayeenu
  • Hava Nagiiah

Approximate Length: 59 minutes………….. $24.95


CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

Tailored for African-Americans, this video looks back on celebrations, church picnics and warm family gatherings. All

Celebrating African American Culture |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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this is highlighted by good old home cooking and familiar, traditional songs.

Songs Include:

  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain
  • Amazing Grace
  • Lift Every Voice And Sing

Approximate Length: 46 minutes………….. $24.95


A VISIT WITH MARIA

 

A visit With Maria |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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In Spanish, Maria invites viewers to sing along with old favorite songs relating to childhood memories, friends, parents and fun-filled festivals. Includes light hand and arm exercises.

Songs Include:

  • La Cocaracha
  • Alla En Rancho Grande
  • Cielito Lindo

Approximate Length: 39 minutes………….. $24.95


THOSE GOOD OLD SCHOOL DAYS

In this video, the viewer will be reminded of five-mile hikes to school, games, trips to the candy store, and even spoonfuls of castor oil. And with the help of an energetic, fun host, viewers fondly relive and even laugh at some of the trips down memory lane.

Those Good Old School Days |Video Respite for Alzheimer's

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Songs Include:

  • School Days
  • She’ll be Comin’ Around the Mountain
  • The Bus Song

Approximate Length: 50 minutes………….. $24.95