- As time can become the enemy of those taking care of people with confused brains, the videos can be used as an alternative to television. Turning on the tv as a distraction while the caregiver rushes about to accomplish tasks, is quite often a tactic. However, television images are often distressing and confusing to people with brain confusion. They can contribute to paranoid, hallucinatory- driven responses. Playing the videos instead, allows the caregiver time to focus, if only brieﬂy, on taking time for themselves or making that doctor’s call or any of the other shorter chores of daily living. Reﬂections in Time allows for a full 37 minutes and can be put on repeat to extend the time.
- The videos are designed to increase positive brain stimulation and to change the emotional and environmental landscape. Walk in the Green, for instance, begins with a thunderstorm but then moves quickly to a bird singing, the sun coming out and a walk in the park. Dreams of Blue is more nostalgic, sadder and more reﬂective. The mood of the video can communicate the mood the care receiver is in and acts as an afﬁrmation that they have been understood.
- The videos can be used as a cueing device. Since people with confused brains often ﬂip day for night, a video like Morning Joy (In a Yellow Garden) can be played every morning at a certain time to indicate the day is beginning. Reﬂections in Time has an actual sun setting in it and signals the end of the day.
- The pictures and videos used in the little movies are all of the ordinary things of daily life. They can be used to help retrieve and share memories and stories. Each video has built into it a subtle narrative line – a beginning, a middle and an end- thus providing a ‘story’ within itself.
- With the exception of Reﬂections in Time, all the videos contain new and unfamiliar, yet comforting, music. Studies in Music Therapy have shown that with repetition new memories can still be forged using new music. There is also some indication that new music can help to build new neural pathways.
- Reﬂections in Time incorporates older music, hymns, popular songs and classical music. Arranger and musician, Angus Sinclair, conceived the project as a ‘musical memory’. So the tunes drift from one to the next to the next, in an imitation of how our minds retrieve and play with music.
- It is our hope that now the videos are accessible on all devices, they may become a tool by which young people, who are so comfortable with this technology, can use the videos as a point of focus for visits with their grandparents and older relatives. Often young people ﬁnd it difﬁcult to ﬁnd ways to communicate with a beloved relative who does not know their name but is nonetheless happy to see them. By employing their phones (if hearing and sight are not too impaired) or laptops or pads they will be able to ﬁnd a point of interest and conversation or simply enjoyable shared time.
- Given the relaxing, meditative nature of the videos they are also meant for the caregivers when they have found a minute or two, to refresh them and to bring them back to their heart centre.
These are only the ways we have used them or imagine they can be used. But their use is only restricted by imagination and by speciﬁc individuals and circumstances. We hope you will explore and play with the process.