Have you heard about the Books on Prescription Scheme? Launched in 2013, the scheme is designed as way of self-help in managing various conditions, often in conjunction with a GP (although the books are available for anyone to borrow). The books, available from most local libraries, are all carefully chosen and endorsed by experts in their chosen fields.
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The Reading Agency ‘Reading Well’ website lists a wide range of recommended books for those with dementia, just log into their books on prescription site to access more information about the scheme.
Some are also classed as ‘Mood-boosting’ - carefully selected works that are particularly uplifting to read; these may include novels, poetry or non-fiction. Those with dementia may find reading lengthy passages problematic, as concentration levels can become reduced over time.
Reading in the Moment is an ideal choice, packed with short age-appropriate short stories and poems and written in large print to aid those with a sight impairment This is an ideal book for care homes, day centres or hospitals or as a gift for an elderly relative or friend.
Dementia and the Family is another great resource for carers and families who have a relative with dementia. The book encourages development of activity programmes including games, art, exercise, food and many more, an invaluable addition for the care industry or for personal use to aid a relative.
We, at Activities to Share are also looking into offering a range of age-appropriate easy-reader books with simple large-print texts to appeal to people with dementia in mind, watch out for these appearing on our website soon!