Books stir memories for dementia patients

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A Las Vegas facility is using classic literature to help dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.

Words written long ago, like the pages of Treasure Island can trigger something inside us.

A thirty minute story time helps keep the mind active for people like Shirley Gregg, she says “It brings back memories”.

The Director of Engagement at Poet’s Walk, Phil Robb explains: “Their moods elevate right away. I think we’re going back into their memories, that their mom and dad read to them.”

This facility for people with problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s tried other things, simpler stories with pictures, nursery rhymes, and Curious George. The patients grew bored and frustrated.

When they turned to the classics, those books opened new feelings.

Phil Robb, Director of Engagement at Poet’s Walk explains: “I think for us it was a breakthrough.”

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