March 09, 2015

Picture books to aid communication, reminiscence

Lost words
Lost Words has more than 290 pictures and their corresponding words. The book is spiral-bound for ease of constant use. There are also a few plastic pockets for keeping photographs in, plus a few pages for personal notes.
There are a lot of people, who for different reasons, have difficulty finding the right words for things. There are also many, like some dementia and stroke patients, who have completely lost the ability to speak. For everyone involved, this book can be of great help to both patients and caregivers.

Read a bit! Talk a bit! series
Read a bit! Talk a bit! is a series of reading activity books intended for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The books start with a short article or story for the participants to read, followed by a number of questions for the facilitator to ask. These questions are formulated to engage the participants in conversation and to encourage personal and meaningful reminiscences to flow. All the reading pages are in large type, 50 pt, and the text is only on one page per spread in order to help the individual to concentrate on the text and to minimize the constraints of visual impairment. Memories recalled from earlier in life are often very therapeutic for people with dementia. They provide opportunities for positive and meaningful engagement with the past. Remembering increases self esteem and a feeling of positive worth as the participants recall personal experiences. There are 10 books  and they achieve this thanks to the range of familiar topics and questions to prompt and encourage discussion.
These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on

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