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5 Books Written for Older Adults with Dementia

Living with dementia does not mean your senior loved one’s reading ability is lost forever. He or she can still enjoy reading books independently during the early stages of the disease. Even when cognitive decline worsens, your loved one may want you to read to him or her. Here are some appealing and appropriate books for seniors with dementia. 

1. What the Wind Showed to Me by Emma Rose Sparrow 

This book has an appealing story, and it provides seniors with memory loss with the self-esteem they need. The good thing about this book is that neither the title nor the text states it is for memory-challenged adults. The author did not want seniors with cognitive decline to feel insulted.

Seniors with dementia can benefit from professional in-home care. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same in-home care services. Toronto families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. 

2. The Sunshine on My Face: A Read-Aloud Book for Memory Challenged Adults by Lydia Burdick and Jane Freeman

Books written for children and young adults may not be appropriate for seniors. However, this book has realistic watercolors and designs that seniors will enjoy. While reading the book, keep your loved one engaged by asking questions. This provides more time to look at the pictures. Asking questions could also spark memories.

3. Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors by Dan Koffman

It is important for seniors with dementia to read books that make them feel successful. Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors is a great series that gives seniors several optional reads. The series contains books on fun foods, fruits, hand tools, and life in the military, and they are great for seniors with short concentration spans and limited communication skills.

Caring for a loved one with cognitive decline can be overwhelming at times. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Toronto, ON, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. 

4. Blue Sky, White Clouds: A Book for Memory-Challenged Adults by Eliezer Sobel

Sobel wrote this book after spending time with his mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The author discovered his mother couldn’t form full sentences or follow a traditional book storyline, but she still loved to read. This inspired him to write a book that seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease would enjoy. The book is a simple read for memory-challenged adults, and it contains beautiful photographs that are large, bright, and realistic.

5. Wishing on a Star by Lydia Burdick and Jane Freeman

This is a read-aloud book for memory-challenged adults. It is more advanced than a children’s book because it contains words, pictures, and stories that seniors with dementia can enjoy. Seniors can view the book while sitting on the porch with their caregivers, when riding in the car with family and friends, or in the comfort of home. The pictures in the book are big, bright, and help seniors with dementia recall memories and connect with the world.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Toronto, Ontario, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our professional Care Managers at (416) 488-8777 today.