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Book review: Positive Communication Activities to Reduce Isolation and Improve the Wellbeing of Older Adults

Nurse consultant for older people Vicki Leah reviews Positive Communication Activities to Reduce Isolation and Improve the Wellbeing of Older Adults.

Positive Communication Activities to Reduce Isolation and Improve the Wellbeing of Older Adults

Robin Dynes

Jessica Kingsley

£24.99 | 200pp

ISBN: 9781785921810

This book aims to provide activity organisers with a range of tools and ideas to use with older people to boost their confidence, self-esteem, life skills and well-being. These include simple health promotion messages, for example, the benefits of staying active, plus activities that encourage individuals to maintain spiritual awareness, connect with nature and reminiscence.

Each activity is well described and easy to follow with hand-outs available in the book for photocopying. The activities are not designed for any specific organisational setting and could be used in day centres and clubs, while some of the activities may be useful in hospital and care home settings.

Some activities may provoke strong emotions in participants and would need to be led by an experienced person who can facilitate a worthwhile therapeutic session safely.


Reviewed by Vicki Leah, consultant nurse older people, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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