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Designing books for readers with early‑stage Alzheimer’s disease

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Publishers have so far paid little attention to readers who have dementia. The few books that are available tend to be large format, highly illustrated hardbacks with limited text and a strong accent on reminiscence. Books like these may be ideal for shared reading with family and carers (Bate, 2014), but anecdotal evidence suggests that experienced readers with a relatively recent diagnosis might welcome more adventurous texts. The research outlined below describes the studies I carried out in order to investigate whether adjusting the design of books could help readers with a memory impairment.

Will look through this to see how it might affect reading from a screen for those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Original article by Marie E. Leahy. Published 03/02/22.

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