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Book suggestions for my DF with mild Alzheimer's

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fattyboomboomboom · 03/09/2018 00:56


Can you give me suggestions please? DF's sight is no longer good enough for reading so I have set him up an audible account which I load with books but he is racing through them! I have found with his Alzheimer's he gets lost unless it's a fairly simple 20th century onwards book. This is what he has listened to and enjoyed recently:

The painted veil
The great Gatsby
Gilbert Pinfold
A town like Alice
Jamaica Inn

Didn't like

Vile Bodies
A passage to India

I'm running out of ideas, Graham Greene too complex do you think?

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kayaking · 20/10/2018 22:58

Other books by the same authors ?

GhouldaLovesLillies · 29/10/2018 20:19

John Irving's early work is very listenable. I think it works very well as audio books. (HIs later work gets longer and more complicated.)

BookAngel65 · 19/01/2020 21:49

My mother has dementia and after she was unable to read she really enjoyed colouring, which can be stress relieving and very relaxing - adult mandala could be a good idea:-

DRyder1 · 01/09/2020 16:54

How about some Agatha Christies? There are lots available and the short stories won't be too complex.

Twoscoreyearsandten · 20/10/2020 23:43

What about Graham Greene’s Travels with my aunt.’

HotSteppa · 03/11/2020 09:25

My mum who has earlyish stage dementia finds she gets lost easily with new stuff but gets alot of pleasure rereading things she has read previously and finds she keeps the thread better.

I would second John Irving- World according to Garp is a good place to start.

MaitreKarlsson · 30/12/2020 00:39

Nevil Shute - Far Country. Lots of his seem quite dated now but I loved this one.

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