Regularly reading books can help someone with dementia reduce stress while also receiving enjoyable mental stimulation and increasing awareness. Some books even bring back memories or start meaningful conversations. If you’re having a difficult time finding appropriate books for a senior loved one with dementia, here are six suggestions.
Best-selling fantasy author Neil Gaiman presents a book that gently jogs the memory of someone with dementia with simple stories told as poems. The more unique aspect of the book is that each poem includes a series of instructions and questions that allow readers to recall their own personal histories. For example, one question asked in the book is “What did you used to do for a living?”
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2. I Spy: An Alphabet in Art
While written with children in mind, this book by Lucy Micklethwait is also great for individuals with dementia because of the way it stimulates the brain. It features images of several paintings by world-famous artists. Next to each painting are questions about colors or themes associated with the artwork. Some of the questions also ask the reader to spot specific items in the paintings.
3. The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory-Challenged Adults
This book combines easy-to-follow stories with related pictures about such things as listening to music, feeling the sun on your face, and singing. It’s written by Lydia Burdick in a way that encourages readers to make even more meaningful connections with their loved ones. It’s a book your loved one can read out loud with other adults or children. It also includes:
• Tips on how to promote engagement
• Song suggestions related to each illustration
• Other fun activity suggestions
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4. Color Your Mind
Acclaimed journalist and author Maria Shriver had people with dementia in mind when she created this book that stimulates both the cognitive and motor parts of the brain. While essentially a coloring book, it’s also appealing and beneficial because it includes:
• Activity prompts with each project to encourage interactions with caregivers
• A positive sense of humor
• Helpful information about such things as nutrition, social interactions, exercise, sleep, and overall wellness
5. The Sandy Shoreline
Written by Emma Rose Sparrow, this book tells a beautiful and inspiring tale about a woman who walks along the beach to gather treasures for her collection. Uplifting stories like this can help your loved one maintain a positive attitude.
Sparrow has written several other books with a similar tone. She’s also written a picture book (A Bevy of Blue: Picture Book for Dementia Patients) that can be enjoyed by adults with more advanced dementia issues.
6. Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors
Dan Koffman has put together a series of picture books specially designed for seniors with dementia. Each book focuses on a familiar aspect of life. For instance, his Life in the US Military could help seniors who were in the armed forces recall memories related to their time of service. These books are good for seniors with:
• Moderate to severe cognitive impairment
• Reduced attention span
• Limited communication skills
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