How to Use the Books

Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© picture books offer an easy and engaging daily activity with reliably positive results for people with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

  • Easy to use for anyone – a professional caregiver, an activity director, a family member, even a grandchild
  • Use anywhere – at home, in the doctor’s office, in care facilities
  • Use anytime – between physical care activities, to pass the time between meals, to promote a pleasant state of mind before bedtime
  • Self-contained
  • No supplies to purchase
  • Nothing to clean up
  • Many titles to choose from

Helpful Hints to Insure the Best Response from Your Special Senior

Time and Place

  • Be in tune with your Special Senior’s most positive, awake, alert and lucid patterns.
  • Sit comfortably with your Special Senior in a calm and positive environment.

Verbal Cues to Draw Out Your Special Senior’s Participation

  • Watch closely as your Special Senior looks at the images in the Simple Pleasures books.
  • Does your Special Senior linger or smile while on a particular page?
  • If so, that is a cue to ask a simple question:
    “What do you see?”
    “What thoughts does this picture give you?”
    “What feelings does this picture give you?”
    “Tell me a story about a ‘peach’ (or whatever picture it is).”

Wait to see what happens.

  • Be patient.
  • Linger on the pages.
  • Look for facial responses: eyes widened, smiles, thoughtfulness.
  • Listen for audible responses: laughter, any sound, a comment.
  • Empathize. Put yourself in their shoes. This is for them.

Pages to Personalize at End of Book

  • Several pages have been left blank at the end of each book for the addition of other specific images that may have personal meaning for your Special Senior.
  • We suggest that these images or photographs be simple and not include people or other details that could be distracting or cause confusion or frustration.
  • We also suggest that only copies of original photos be used and that they be well secured to the page

Please let us know how your Special Senior responds to Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© books.
We would love to hear your comments and especially any and all comments and responses from your Special Senior.
To Share your Comments, please use the E-mail Form on the Contact Dan page.

It is our sincere hope that Simple Pleasures for Special Seniors© books will create special moments for your Special Senior and new memories for you to treasure.