5 Books that Are Beneficial for Aging Adults with Dementia

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Many seniors with dementia love to read, but they find themselves getting frustrated because the cognitive issues involved with dementia make it difficult to remember the meaning and plots of certain books. Fortunately, many authors have written books just for seniors with dementia. These books range from inspirational nonfiction seniors with mild dementia will enjoy to fun picture books for those with more severe dementia. If you have a senior loved one with dementia, he or she may enjoy these books.

1. Blue Sky, White Clouds by Eliezer Sobel

Sobel originally wrote this book for his mother, who had dementia, and then he decided to share it with other families in similar situations. It combines beautiful photographic images with simple descriptive phrases. The open-ended nature of this book lets seniors come up with their own stories and opinions on the photos. It may also trigger forgotten memories. Dementia can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. Aging adults who require assistance with the tasks of daily living can benefit from reliable elderly home care. Families trust Home Care Assistance to provide the high-quality care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. Our caregivers are trained to help seniors prevent serious illnesses and encourage them to make healthier decisions as they age.

2. Keeping Busy by James R. Dowling

In the early stages of dementia, seniors need a lot of support and comfort to manage cognitive decline. This self-help guide provides suggestions on how to stay happy and live with a dementia diagnosis. In addition to hobby and craft suggestions, the book provides advice for managing the early stages of dementia. It uses simple language and organized formatting that makes it easy for seniors with dementia to get information from the book.

3. The Sandy Shoreline by Emma Rose Sparrow

This book is part of a series of novels written for seniors with dementia who still want to read general books. Dementia isn’t mentioned anywhere in the book or on the cover, so it looks just like a typical novel. Each of Sparrow’s books has an adult-level realistic plot that will interest most seniors. She uses clear descriptions and simple language to craft stories that won’t be confusing or overwhelming for those with cognitive issues. Dementia caregivers need to care for their own wellbeing. Caring for a senior with dementia can be challenging for family caregivers. Luckily, there is dementia care Palm Beach families can rely on. Professional dementia caregivers help seniors with dementia stay safe and comfortable at home by preventing wandering, providing cognitive stimulation, and assisting with household chores. 

4. Wishing on a Star by Lydia Burdick

This picture book for seniors features thoughtful and touching illustrations of seniors doing normal daily tasks. It describes the typical daily actions and situations seniors with dementia could experience so they won’t feel like they are reading a children’s book. Burdick designed her book to be wide enough to fit on two laps, so a caregiver can sit next to the senior and help him or her read through it.

5. Through the Seasons by Cynthia R. Green

Green’s book attempts to encourage memory recall through sensory language. The words in this book reference smells, images, sounds, and tastes to help seniors think of their pasts. These words are combined with lovely pictures of various seasonal activities and landscapes. Seniors with dementia can connect seasonal situations to their own lives. If your loved one has dementia and needs help managing day-to-day tasks, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Palm Beach Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. If you need professional home care for your loved one, our Care Managers are just a phone call away. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (561) 429-8292.

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