Reading and Dementia The reading capacities of older adults living with dementia are difficult to assess and determine. In this paper, we discuss the challenges that conventional print present to people with dementia. We expand upon what it takes to produce highly readable material for this group of older adults and the conditions ... Article
Article  |   April 20, 2016
Reading and Dementia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan Ostrowski
    reading2connect, Essex, CT
  • Peter S. Dixon
    reading2connect, Essex, CT
  • Disclosures: Financial: Susan Ostrowski and Peter S. Dixon are the directors of reading2connect and have produced several books, which are mentioned in this paper. They receive revenue from the sales of these books.
    Disclosures: Financial: Susan Ostrowski and Peter S. Dixon are the directors of reading2connect and have produced several books, which are mentioned in this paper. They receive revenue from the sales of these books.×
  • Nonfinancial: Susan Ostrowski and Peter S. Dixon have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Susan Ostrowski and Peter S. Dixon have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Part 1
Article   |   April 20, 2016
Reading and Dementia
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 26-36. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG15.26
History: Received November 1, 2015 , Accepted December 6, 2015
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2016, Vol. 1, 26-36. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG15.26
History: Received November 1, 2015; Accepted December 6, 2015

The reading capacities of older adults living with dementia are difficult to assess and determine. In this paper, we discuss the challenges that conventional print present to people with dementia. We expand upon what it takes to produce highly readable material for this group of older adults and the conditions necessary to stimulate their preserved reading abilities. We elaborate on the benefits and applications of reading for many older adults, especially those living in long-term care facilities.

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