Science for Seniors – Book Review by Kimberly A. Cassia, BS, TRD, ACC, AC-BC, CDP
A book written by Gloria Hoffner, BA, ADC, AC-BC and winner of 2010 NCCAP Best Practice Award and published by Idyll Arbor. This book provides “hands-on learning activities” based on the premise that “we are never too old to learn.” Born out of an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sputnik began the endeavors of a monthly science program at the Sterling Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Media, PA. Those successful monthly programs led to the foundation for her book.
I was impressed by the wonderful ideas for programs. There are 9 chapters each with various programs one can select. The chapters are: animals, ecology, energy, space, oceans, plants, earth science, every day chemistry and physics all around us.
Chapter 1 outlines all you need to get started, along with the 5 parts of the program: introduction, various degrees of trivia, suggested videos, experiment supplies and instructions, discussion points as well as further reading suggestions and references. Each program follows the 5 parts allowing the TRD success in implementing the program.
Chapter 11 has experiments relating to tall tales and science facts and Chapter 12 has handy websites for quick reference.
Gloria lays everything out for the TRD to have a successful program from supplies to equipment, room set up, ways to empower your residents and more. You don’t need to be a science whiz but you do need to be prepared and she gives you all the tools to do that.
There are various studies and beliefs that using our brains helps delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This book is a great resource to not only stimulate the brain but have some fun as well. Learning doesn’t and shouldn’t stop because we get old. The belief that we are too old to learn has to be tossed out the window. This book is a wonderful tool to help get us outside the box and try new programs that can benefit and engage our residents in many ways.
Idyll Arbor’s web site is idyllarbor.com. The book “Science for Seniors” is listed at $28.00 plus shipping and handling