UK Dementia Book Club
Reading books for people living with dementia
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.
How to carry out a Reading Screen.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 reader of the development of formal and informal gardens through the ages and looks at some popular flowers in a British garden and how we celebrate flowers with festivals.
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.
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 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 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.
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 the many traditional events that occur at Easter time, including Easter Eggs, Hot Cross Buns, Easter bonnets and the Maundy Day Service.
The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. This book reminds readers of the long life and reign of Queen Elizabeth, including her family life, coronation and silver and golden jubilees.
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>