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Reading Children's Books to patients

Posted by @kayrose in Just Want to Talk, Sep 22, 2011

I am looking for professional research or articles on on reading to patients with Alzheimer's or patients who are in the last stage of life. Hence, these can be nearing death or terminal patients.

I am focusing on adults. Elderly is my primary concern, but patients with a terminal disease are of interest too.

Terms such as bibliotherapy, caratharsis, an reading are concepts I am interest in.

Here is a little more about me.

My mother is in the final stage of Alzheimer's. Family and friends have almost deserted her. Visiting her overwhelms them with the horror and hopelessness.

A couple weeks ago I had an idea: 12 Days 12 Stories to Heaven. You can see more about this at

Honestly, my relationship with my mother has been challenged. Through the years I have tried to forgive. Hence, I determined to honor her in her last days.

I read my mother children's picture books. No, she could not see the illustrations. I am not sure she heard much of what I was reading. I do not know that she knew it was I.

However, what I experienced was reading. I felt my visits were doing both of us good. She even seemed to be in better spirits by the end of the 12th day.

I would like to share this idea with others. Unlike reading just anything, children's picture books provide aspects of life in a succinct, fun way.

Now, to my question: Do you know of any articles or research that has done related to what I am describing?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email and respond.

Kathleen Miller

Tags: visitng, reading

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