Why Are So Many Caregivers Using This DVD?
This video has soothing music and relaxing melodies as the musical accompaniment to spectacular scenes of nature and wildlife. We understand that persons with Alzheimer's may have trouble following narration or spoken words, so this DVD has no narration, just instrumental music and natural sounds of nature. This DVD provides a wonderful alternative to "regular" TV shows that can agitate and disturb persons with Alzheimer's disease. Thousands of caregivers just like you are using our DVDs.
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This DVD has been produced specifically to help caregivers entertain, calm and relax their loved one with Alzheimer's.
Congratulations on taking a step to help with your Alzheimer’s caregiving! My name is Greg Irwin, and my company is Lake Solitude Media.
Our DVDs help create a calming and soothing environment, and help your loved one with Alzheimer's feel calm and safe.
If you have tried to watch regular television with your loved one with Alzheimer's, you may have had a bad experience and seen that it is disturbing to them.
It is difficult and frustrating for them 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 quite disturbing. This is a known phenomenon.
Carol Bursack wrote an article for the website healthcentral.com entitled “How Television News Affects Dementia and Alzheimer's patients”. She describes how her father, who is a World War 2 veteran living in a care facility, is affected by TV news.
She had requested that the staff members not turn on the news on TV, but the staff would occasionally forget and leave the news on. She says in the article, “The problem was, many people like Dad couldn't tell the difference between television and reality. One of the most heartbreaking scenes I had with my dad was when I visited early one evening and he begged me to save him - to protect him. His TV program had ended and the news had come on. There was Desert Storm war footage being played out in front of Dad. He kept telling me there was a war in Fargo (where we lived). I told him no, this was just TV and this fighting was far away. Dad kept telling me not to lie to him - that I needed to protect him and get him out of there. He was afraid he would be captured.
"Many of you who've cared for people with dementia have been through similar situations, so I don't need to explain how painful this was for me. No matter what I said to Dad, in his mind there was a war in Fargo and he was frightened."
This DVD is Played on Television to Replace Regular Television Programs
"All Things Bright and Beautiful" has no story, characters or narration. The DVD is filled with scenes of nature, waterfalls, charming birds, many kinds of wildlife in pastoral settings, with many scenes of mountains, creeks, waterfalls, lakes, wild flowers, and sunsets. It is specifically designed to relieve stress, not induce stress like so much of what is on television these days.
Relaxing Music Helps Persons With Alzheimer's Disease
You have probably discovered that persons with Alzheimer's respond well to relaxing music, especially music they grew up with and enjoyed throughout their life. "Nature's Soothing Beauty" has several well known classical pieces as part of the background music, plus other relaxing melodies. There is no narration or commentary on the sound track.
You may be thinking,
“Greg, why are you qualified to make videos that people with Alzheimer's will like?”
Let me tell you how I came to produce this DVD.
I have been a professional video producer for many years, including working for NBC affiliate TV stations and producing wildlife documentaries. I live in Wyoming, which has some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States.
Several years ago, a friend of mine, who has also worked in the television industry, became the live-in caregiver of his father, who has Alzheimer's disease. You can probably relate to my friend's experience - his father's agitation, confusion, wandering and anger. Every day the father would try to leave the house to find his wife, who unfortunately had passed away years before. My friend's father also resented the fact that he needed daily care, and interfered with his son's caregiving activities. He tried letting his father watch television as a distraction, but found that “regular” TV, with its frantic news programs, scenes of conflict and war, highly emotional soap operas, and complex crime dramas just made his father more agitated.
As I mentioned, I live in Wyoming and have always enjoyed the peace and calm of our beautiful natural surroundings, including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. As a video producer, I have filmed many beautiful scenes of nature and wildlife, and my friend and I began experimenting with editing video programs of nature with no story or narration for his father to watch, instead of “regular” TV.
We found that my friend's father enjoyed the programs and they seemed to have a calming and relaxing effect, enabling my friend to have some respite to complete his caregiving and household activities like cooking and cleaning. This first video became the basis for our current DVD, “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.
I had occasion to talk to other Alzheimer's caregivers, and I explained the DVD to them and they tried it with their own family members, and had similar results. My friend Rosita became the live-in caregiver for a 74 year old woman with Alzheimer's and she told me,
“[the woman with Alzheimer's] 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."
Since that time, I have devoted countless hours researching the best way to serve families with a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, and producing video programs that will help calm the agitation that Alzheimer's can often induce.
Instrumental versions of Christian songs and hymns set to the beauty of the earth fresh from the Creator's hand. Enjoy scenes of wildlife, grand landscapes, churches, waterfalls, lakes and streams, children playing and more. The beautiful song melodies can bring back the fond memories of hymns and worship in church. Songs include: "Amazing Grace", "Holy, Holy, Holy", "Rock of Ages", "The Old Rugged Cross", and many more. $19.95
Travel through scenes of majesty and beauty, painted with the diverse colors of the four seasons, set to the violin artistry of Jaime Jorge and orchestra. Tender, awe-inspiring music creates an atmosphere of peace - a soothing retreat enhanced by vivid, colorful scenes of nature and wildlife. Songs include: "How Great Thou Art", "Nearer Still Nearer', "Morning Has Broken", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", and many more. 65 minutes long. $19.95
Enjoy stunning scenery from the aromatic lavender fields of Provence, smile with the sunflowers and watch bees hopping from one flower to another. Sun-kissed beaches and glowing sunsets. Envelope yourself with beautiful scenes of unspoilt rivers and dramatic mountains. Set to specially composed melodic and calming music by Denise Young. $14.95
Filmed at the world-famous Keukenhof Spring gardens and in the surrounding bulb fields of South Holland. Spectacular displays of tulips in every color, shape and form imaginable, delicate daffodils from pure white to the deepest gold plus a huge array of colorful mixed flowers. Set to the calming and inspiring music of Simon Daum. $14.95
Imagine sitting by a pond while ducklings bob their soft heads in the daisies around you and birds splash in the water, giving themselves a cooling shower. Enjoy watching misty dawns, ducks paddling in the summer sunshine and glowing lakeside sunsets, plus majestic mountains with graceful swans. Set to specially composed music, plus six more tracks with natural sounds of birds and nature. 95 minutes long. $14.95
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