“I work in a Memory care unit with 32 residents with various forms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is a challenging and demanding environment to be in day after day trying to meet the needs of so many. Purchasing a number of videos from Lake Solitude Media has brought relief, refreshment, encouragement and comfort to our residents and care staff. The beautiful photography combined with the familiar music has been an oasis for our souls. Thank you Lake Solitude Media for designing these videos with this specific population in mind. You have done a fantastic job!”
Sally Dutra, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Beaverton, Oregon
Why do Caregivers love these DVDs?
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 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.
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 tape 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 videotape.
"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 tapes 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
Preview the Videos
Listen to Greg Irwin, executive producer of the Alzheimer's Videos series on the
Coping with Caregiving radio program, segment #1. Greg discusses the many benefits of his DVDs for Alzheimer's/Dementia patients with host Jacqueline Marcell, international speaker and author of “Elder Rage.”
Click Here to Listen to the Radio Interview
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 DVDs, freeing the caregiver to do their household tasks while the Alzheimer's victim watches the DVD.
These videos are better than regular television!
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.
"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 tape in the lobby area."
-Mary Ann Starkland
Crestview Nursing Home
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
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 and videos for persons with Alzheimer's more than 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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