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Start Date

30-4-2021 12:00 AM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Education and Human Development

Faculty Mentor

Melinda Butler, EdD

Keywords

Read-Alouds, Picture-Story Books, Children's Books, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia

Abstract

What started as a volunteer reading project blossomed into research about reading picture books to memory care patients. I am researching memory care staff on their perceptions of reading to those with memory loss. I started reading through Zoom when the pandemic started, and shortly after was amazed by what I was seeing from my audience. I then created my project titled “The Magic of Picture Story Books: Reading to Those With Memory Loss.” After reading for ten weeks to three local memory care units, I then interviewed the memory care staff to see what their thoughts were on reading to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Throughout the reading sessions, the residents’ microphones and cameras were off for confidentiality reasons, therefore my project is based solely upon the observations and perceptions from the local memory care staff. My research question is, “How do memory care staff view the importance of reading to those with memory loss?” It is my hope that by having research that shows the positive effects of reading to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, there will be reading groups created in memory care facilities throughout the state, and maybe the country.

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

The Magic of Picture Story Books: Read-Alouds for Memory Loss Patients

What started as a volunteer reading project blossomed into research about reading picture books to memory care patients. I am researching memory care staff on their perceptions of reading to those with memory loss. I started reading through Zoom when the pandemic started, and shortly after was amazed by what I was seeing from my audience. I then created my project titled “The Magic of Picture Story Books: Reading to Those With Memory Loss.” After reading for ten weeks to three local memory care units, I then interviewed the memory care staff to see what their thoughts were on reading to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Throughout the reading sessions, the residents’ microphones and cameras were off for confidentiality reasons, therefore my project is based solely upon the observations and perceptions from the local memory care staff. My research question is, “How do memory care staff view the importance of reading to those with memory loss?” It is my hope that by having research that shows the positive effects of reading to those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, there will be reading groups created in memory care facilities throughout the state, and maybe the country.

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