Many Alzheimer’s Patients Find Comfort in Books
Familiar music can engage those with Alzheimer’s when almost nothing else can, researchers have shown. Now it appears that books written for these patients may have a similar effect.
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.
Caregivers may be surprised to learn that reading ability is not always destroyed by Alzheimer’s.