Reading a book

Activity ideas: Books and stories

Ideas for continuing to enjoy books and stories as dementia progresses.

Many people with dementia continue to read for pleasure, whether novels, short stories or non-fiction.

A person may already know what they’d like to read next, but it could be worth talking about books they’d like to read again, or things they always meant to read but never got around to.

Books can be bought and reserved online too.

If a person’s finding it harder to keep track of longer pieces of writing, they might prefer shorter or more episodic stories. Anthologies and other collections could be a good source of these. Some people like reading together.

A visit to a bookshop or public library could be enjoyable in itself, and books can be bought and reserved online too.

Using devices such as a Kindle means that you can adjust the size and appearance of text.

Some people find ebooks useful, since using devices such as a Kindle means that you can adjust the size and appearance of text.

If a person enjoys listening to stories, libraries and bookshops will usually also have audiobooks and large print. Many are also available from RNIB

You can also get a huge range of audiobooks online from providers such as Audible.co.uk, and through ‘Audiobooks’ categories on Google Play or BBC Sounds – including episodes of radio favourites such as Book at Bedtime. 

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Dementia together magazine: Apr/May 20

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