UK Dementia and Supported Living Book Club

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. 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. 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. 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.

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 Set for your reading group

7 books and Book Club facilitation instructions                            £70 + P&P

Replacement copies can be purchased at                                      £12 per copy

Family reading pack (2 books) including instructions                   £25 +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 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 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 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 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 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.

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’.