Friends Place’s Book Club: Turning the Page with Therapy


While it’s often been thought that familiar music can successfully engage those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, recent research has shown that books written for these individuals can have a similar effect. (New Old Age)

“Researchers have found in a number of studies that reading can improve a patient’s quality of life. The meanings of written sentences can be understood by — and prompt cogent responses from — even those who have difficulty handling verbal exchanges,” writes Milt Fredenheim in a 2010 article on Alzheimer’s patients and books.

Every Friday at 11 a.m., Friends Place holds its weekly Book Club. Earlier this spring we read Jack London’s classic Call of the Wild. Not only did we discuss the book’s themes and characters, we also got to hear some of members share on their wonderful past experiences visiting Alaska and the Yukon Territory to watch the Iditarod Race in person.