Friday, September 4, 2009

Enjoyable reading for People with Dementia

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Spark of Life

People who have dementia enjoy reading simple, little one-liner sayings such as Affirmations and Life Wisdoms, which seem to feed their souls and lift their spirits. They also respond to Riddle Jokes with a smile and a laugh, and Proverbs bring the joy of recognition.

Even people with severe dementia, who communicate mainly through actions and facial expressions, show joy in reading such sayings or having them read to them.

Here are some examples:

I am safe and I am free.
I stand here with pride.
My feelings are important.
Life Wisdoms:

The most important thing in life is to keep breathing.
The best knowledge comes from inside.
Forgiveness is an act of the heart.
Riddle Jokes:

(Jokes are extremely culturally specific and may need to be adapted to suit individuals.)

How do you make an orange turn over?...Tickle its navel!
What did the puppy say when it sat on the sandpaper?…Ruff, ruff!
What has fifty heads and no brains?...A box of matches!

United we stand - divided we fall!
As you sow…so shall you reap!
A watched pot never boils!
Here are some suggestions on how to use these sayings with people who have dementia.

Create a ritual around your mealtime where people can take turns to read ‘Today’s Saying’.

Lift their spirit by sitting down with the person who has dementia and reading some of the sayings. Ask them, ‘How does that make you feel?’ or ‘What does this make you think of?’

Give a special saying to make that person feel really special or to give them a laugh.

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