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Reading with Someone Who Has Dementia

04 Mar 2023 0 Comments
Reading with Someone Who Has Dementia
Reading can be a great way to connect with someone who has dementia, even if they are no longer able to read on their own. By reading stories to them, you can bring them joy and help them stay engaged with the world around them. Here are some tips for reading with someone who has dementia:

Find magazines or newspapers that the person will enjoy. There are magazines for every interest these days, from classic cars to cooking. Ask their family and friends what they like to read, or experiment with different options until you find something they respond to.

Choose a quiet, comfortable place to read. Make sure there are no distractions, such as a TV or radio, that could interfere with your time together. Sit at the person's eye level and hold their hand or gently touch their arm to show that you are there for them.

Begin by asking the person how they are doing. If they can't respond verbally, look for visual cues that they are engaged, such as changes in breathing or eye movement. Share something about your day or the world around you to help them feel connected.

Let the person know that you are going to read to them, and then start with the first article. Look for visual cues to see how they are responding to the story. If they seem relaxed and happy, move on to another article.

Take time to reflect on what you have read together. Ask the person questions about the story, or share your own thoughts and feelings. This can help keep them engaged and interested.

Continue reading for as long as the person is comfortable and enjoying themselves. When you are finished, let them know what will happen next and where they are in the day.

Reading with someone who has dementia can be a wonderful way to connect and share meaningful moments together. By choosing the right reading material and creating a calm, comfortable environment, you can help them stay engaged with the world around them and find joy in everyday activities.

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