UK Dementia Book Club
Dementia friendly reading books
Sometimes, when a person living with dementia stops reading books, it is assumed it is because they are no longer able to read.
This is not usually true!
It is more likely that the book is too complex, and the person struggles with abstract thinking, the font is confusing and small, the page too busy or the story too long.
We write books to enable a person living with dementia to continue the enjoyment of reading.
Book Clubs are part of many communities where all types of people gather to discuss books. Activities that can be enjoyed alone, with family or in a group can be hard to find, but for people living with dementia enjoying a book is an excellent cognitive stimulation activity. A book club creates space to enjoy conversation and the company of others. At each book club’s core, members enjoy reading, chatting, reminiscing, and succeeding!
All the books are written to enable people living with dementia to continue to enjoy reading and sharing a book. Based on the research of Dr Alan B. Stevens and Dr Cameron Camp, and following the international evidence base, the books were inspired by books written by Gail Elliot Gerontologist and Dementia Specialist, DementiaAbility, Canada.
An important feature of the book is the size, font and layout of the material, and all books are reviewed by residents living in Milford Care Homes in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The books are factual, thus reducing the risk of a person finding they cannot follow complex or abstract content but have a reminiscence approach encouraging conversation and discussion.
The books can be read alone, with family or a companion or be used in a book club in any setting.
Quality of the books
The books are deliberately printed in high quality paper, with a firm cover to enhance the sensory experience of holding and feeling a book. The enjoyment of reading for many, is not simply following the words, but experiencing the touch of the book and holding the story.
High quality printed books, also respects and values the person who is being invited to read.
We have an ever-growing catalogue with over 30 titles to choose from providing a wide variety of interests and topics.
Book Club Shop
Box Sets for your reading group or individual copies
7 books (of the same title) and Book Club facilitation instructions £85 + P&P
One book can be purchased at £13 + P&P
The books are delivered by courier, and the shipping is calculated based on the total weight of the order.
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This book has been written specifically for people living with dementia who find reading normal print difficult. The book reminds readers of the origins of the traditional Christmas pantomime including the roles of the Dame, Principal Boy and the Villain and the traditional features which have developed.
This book has been written specifically for people living with dementia who find reading normal print difficult. The book describes how the tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day developed and how chocolates, roses and cards became popular.
This book has been written specifically for people living with dementia who find reading normal print difficult. The book reminds readers of the traditional trip to the British seaside, including mentions for many of the most popular resorts such as Blackpool, Brighton, Great Yarmouth and Llandudlo.
This book has been written specifically for people living with dementia who find reading normal print difficult. The book reminds readers of the history of Astrology, events that have been foreseen and what star signs we are born under.
This book reminds the readers of how the Scouts, Guides and Boys Brigade began and the adventures children had in the uniformed organisations.
This book reminds readers of the long and eventful reign of Queen Elizabeth II, including her childhood, coronation, Jubilee celebrations and her funeral.
This book reminds the reader of the history of the telephone, how it was introduced to the family home, and how public red telephone boxes were used.
This book reminds readers of the golden age of children’s comics, including such titles as ‘The Dandy’, ‘Beano’, ‘Eagle’ and ‘Bunty’. It remembers such characters as Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace, The Bash Street Kids and Dan Dare.
The book reminds the reader of the history of drinking tea in Britain and remembers the development of our favourite biscuits to accompany a cup of tea.
This book reminds readers of the history of shops and the shopping experience. From markets and corner shops to large department stores.
This book reminds readers of the pleasures of owning a family pet such as dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish and birds.
This book reminds the reader of the traditional celebrations of a British autumn such as Harvest Festival, Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night
The book reminds the reader of the custom of decorating homes and streets for Christmas, remembering Christmas trees, lights, garlands, stockings, cards and the visit of Father Christmas.
The book reminds the reader of the history of the traditions that have developed around the Christmas celebrations, remembering Christmas foods, Twelfth Night traditions, the school Nativity play and pantomimes.
The book reminds the reader of the annual mass football game which takes place in Ashbourne, Derbyshire on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, remembering its long history and its ‘anything goes’ excitement.
The book reminds the reader of the history of the royal residences used by our Queen, remembering Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle.
The book reminds the reader of the development of the industrial revolution and its impact on rural and town life in the Derwent Valley, and how the innovations changed the world for ever.
The book reminds the reader of the history of holidays through the ages, from the Crusades to package holidays of the 1970’s, remembering holiday camps, and TV programmes such Wish you were her with Cliffe Michelmore.
The book reminds the readers of the history of TV and radio and some favourite programmes such Hancock’s half hour, Sunday night at the London Palladium and Dads Army.
This book reminds readers of the many traditional events that occur at Easter time, including Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns, Easter bonnets and the Maundy Day Service.
The book reminds the reader of National Service, remembering the varied experiences of the men who were conscripted between the Second World War and 1963.
The book reminds the reader of the life of Charles Dickens, remembering his most popular books such as ‘Great Expectations’, ‘David Copperfield’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’.
This book reminds the reader of the history of family motoring in Britain and remembers popular makes of cars, the introduction of licences, driving tests and speed limits and the pleasures and shortcomings of family travel.
The book reminds the reader of the joys of home preserving and brewing, using fruit and vegetables from the countryside and the vegetable patch.
This book explores the history of Di it Yourself, and reminds the reader of how B&Q started, and the joys and disasters of home improvement!
This book reminds the reader of an historic change in 1971, when Britain’s currency went decimal; remembering old coins such as the thruppenny bit and sixpence.
This book reminds the reader about how pubs became places in which to drink alcohol, socialise with friends and family, catch up with gossip and play games.
How to carry out a Reading Screen.
It may be helpful to establish if a person is able to read by carrying out a reading screen.
As the ability to read, is embedded in procedural memory, it is likely that, if they
could read before they developed dementia, they will still have the ability. It may, however, be a little “rusty”.
You will be surprised how many people can still read, if given the correct type of
book and given the opportunity.
Watch this short video to learn how to do a reading screen with person who is living with dementia.
The reading screen will help identify the size of font the person may need for signs as well as for reading books.
- Ask them to help you.
- Ask them to read and do what it says- to learn if they can read and understand the instruction.
- Don’t talk while they are doing it… it may distract them.
- They cannot fail – how ever far they get and whether it is wright or wrong, .. Thank them for their help.
- You may want to repeat the screen at different times to establish if this helps them.
- Only repeat it 2 times more.
A copy of the reading screen in provided with every book club set of 7 books purchased
Reference to the Reading Screen:
Benigas J, Brush J, Elliot G (2016) Spaced retrieval Step by Step. An evidence-based memory intervention Health Professions Press, Maryland USA.