A writing friend of mine recently posted about reading aloud to the elderly. Please see Beth’s 3 part series via this link: http://www.bethstilborn.com/how-to-read-aloud-to-the-elderly-part-three-in-the-series/ (see parts 1 & 2 at the end of her post)
As you can tell working with memory impaired seniors is very important to me. Creative arts are key! I continue to teach & facilitate the Memories in the Making Painting with seniors program weekly. We have recently added coloring with markers. They love focusing on their pieces and for more than an hour! I absolutely love being with the artists in my class! Music plays a huge role too!
I am really excited to add reading aloud to small groups of seniors. After arting at a facility for over 1.4 years now, most of the residents know me so I think at least a few will be inclined to gather around for a story. I will keep it to 20 minutes or so and I will use meaningful, upbeat stories from the Chicken Soup series and from a Heart series I have enjoyed.
Do you have experience with creative arts, music or reading with seniors and memory impaired seniors? Please do share with us in the comments below.
Wishing you all the very best, as always, deborah