Stories for Older Adults

Reading aloud is a preserved ability in dementia and many individuals, even those in the later stage of the disease, enjoy reading to others.
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Stories for Older Adults are written with the goal of empowering individuals with dementia to participate in a meaningful shared reading experience.

There are several features to the stories that facilitate reading for those with dementia. The large-print text is predictably on the left side each time, with the full-page, color illustration on the right. The illustrations are simple and uncluttered, and directly support the interpretation of the text. Colors are bold and contrasting for those with low vision. There are pauses throughout the story in the form of short questions to prompt conversation and reflection, and to set a comfortable pace. The size of the book and the weight and type of paper used have been calculated to prompt easy viewing and handling.

Also, our stories incorporate intergenerational themes and characters to bring older adults and younger family members together as reading partners.

Soft cover, durable #80 paper
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"; 12 pages of text (verso); 12 pages of illustration (recto)

Story Extensions are companion activities that can be used to add new points of interest to engage the reader and extend conversation. These three-part card sets can be used with the story or independently as part of a reading therapy toolkit for memory care communities.

Stories for Older Adults are written in collaboration with Jennifer Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP, an international speaker, consultant, researcher and author in the area of dementia care. Using the Montessori philosophy, Jennifer is creating environments where people with dementia can flourish. Learn more about her work at www.brushdevelopment.com

Suggested Uses
  • Small group read alouds
    A person with dementia can read the story to a small group of peers and present the question at the end of each page for group discussion.
  • One-on-one reading & conversation
    A family member or care partner can read the story aloud to a person with dementia and use the questions to reminisce or inspire discussion.
  • Intergenerational reading
    The stories follow an intergenerational theme to interest both older adults and children. A person with dementia can read to a child or with a child and experience the positive effects of interaction with children.
  • Independent reading
    A person with dementia can read the story alone, either silently or aloud. Most enjoy reading aloud.