UK Dementia and Supported Living Book Club
Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Book Clubs are part of many communities where all types of people gather to discuss books. A book club creates space to discuss what is discovered in a chosen book, enjoy conversation and the company of others. At each book club’s core, is the belief that members achieve their reading goals by working together. Stimulating activities for alzheimer’s and dementia can be hard to find, but for people living with dementia a book club is an excellent cognitive stimulation activity.
Reading as a meaningful activity for a person with dementia, may be challenging for several reasons, and may make some people assume reading isn’t one of the many stimulating activities for alzheimer’s. Writing books that enable people living with dementia to continue to enjoy reading and sharing a book is based on the research of Dr Alan B. Stevens and Dr Cameron Camp, making it a one of the many varied and stimulating activities there are for alzheimer’s patients. In order to support people living with dementia to enjoy participating in a book club, books have been especially written, following the international evidence base.
The style, content and layout of the books has been inspired by the books written in the series Carry on Reading in Dementia by Gail Elliot Gerontologist and Dementia Specialist, DementiaAbility, Canada. An important feature of the book is the size, type font and layout of the material, which has been tested in individual and group settings, so it makes as just one of the many activities for alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Assessing a person ability to read is important along with inviting people to come to the club.
Book clubs can be facilitated in any care or hospital setting and the books can be used by family members, who can enjoy the pleasure of reading together.
Book Club Shop
Box Sets for your reading group or individual copies
7 books (of the same title) and Book Club facilitation instructions £70 + P&P
Family reading pack (2 books) including instructions £23 + P&P
One book can be purchased at £12 + P&P
The books are delivered by courier, and the shipping is calculated based on the total weight of the order.
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.
The book reminds the reader of the history of popular children’s sweets, remembering the delights of going to the shop to buy pocket money sweets.
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 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 reader of the development of the sports in which they may have participated at school, remembering football, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders.
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 development of stately homes in Britain, remembering the people who lived and worked in the houses and focusing on Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
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.
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 pleasures of sharing games with friends in the playground, remembering such games as hopscotch, skipping, marbles, ‘It’ and conkers.
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’.
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 reminds the reader about the history of advertising and how magazine, radio and television adverts such as “Pick up a Penguin”, “the Milky Bar Kid” and “Go to work on an Egg” became part of household language.
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 about how pubs became places in which to drink alcohol, socialise with friends and family, catch up with gossip and play games.
This book reminds readers of the routines and traditions of baby care in the mid-twentieth century and remembers the Welfare Clinic, large prams, terry towelling nappies and Farley’s rusks.
This book reminds readers of a popular crime writer and remembers her most famous detectives and the film, theatre and television adaptations of her novels.
Have you ever wondered why some people with dementia are not interested in colouring? When the pages connect to the interests and abilities of the individual, the outcomes are often surprising and rewarding.
Created by Gail Elliot, DementiAbility Canada, these books have been produced using high quality paper to enhance the tactile experience and to ensure the finished picture brings joy and a sense of pride and success for people at all stages of dementia.
The books cost £9 + p&p each, are delivered by courier, and the shipping is calculated based on the total weight of the order.
People, Faces and Fun provides colouring pages that will also stimulate memories and showcase the creative abilities of those living with dementia and other forms of cognitive loss.
The drawings in the flowers colouring book have a black background, thus eliminating the concerns one might have about “going over the lines”. /span>