What makes our books so impactful in care?

These are the elements that make our beloved series so transformative.

Anytime Reading

Despite the fact that there are 50 million people living with dementia worldwide, and there are hundreds of titles for their care partners, there is still very little in the way of engaging reading material for this growing population. This is terribly sad, as many in early stage dementia retain their ability to read and enjoy it!

Multiple studies show the cognitive benefits of reading, as well as the social and emotional boost provided by interaction with high-interest text. People in late stage dementia enjoy being read aloud to and relish the warm interaction even after they can no longer speak or see.

Elderly veteran living with dementia sits with his coffee and breakfast as he reads a nostalgic picture book. NANA’S BOOKS are a joy for people of all ages.

For people with dementia, the obstacles to reading are many-- and books, magazines and newspapers that used to bookend the day and underpin a sense of identity via self-selected reading materials fall by the wayside.

The text is too dense, the fonts are too small, the content is too challenging, and current events are often too distressing. People then struggle to read what they once enjoyed and give up in frustration.

NANA’S BOOKS meet the need for books that respect the intellect and interests of people living with dementia, and meet their motor, visual and cognitive challenges with modified versions of art (illustration, photography, fine art), literature, poetry and praise that they know and love.

They give elders a renewed sense of self, as the visual and auditory cues (images and verse) act as prompts to give them the words to articulate their thoughts and share their feelings.

A picture book of Jewish proverbs lies on a family room table with a cup of tea, ready to be shared with family and friends. NANA’S BOOKS are created to ignite conversation and joy. This edition is a spiral bound nostalgic picture book of Jewish Proverbs.  NANA’S BOOKS put dementia-friendly reading at your fingertips.

Adaptive Design Features

We Make Reading Easier


  • Three levels of text: wordless, minimal text and full text books
  • Familiar 8.5 x 11 magazine size
  • Left-justified text
  • Consistent layout and formatting
  • 16-26 point CNIB-approved hyperlegible fonts
  • Sensitively paired images and text cues readers
  • Voice-enabled poetry
  • Aesthetic design
  • No clinical/remedial appearance
  • Conversation guides at the back of each book
  • Choice of digital, paperback, or lay-flat spiral bound formats to honor preference

We follow the DEEP Guide


This image is of three versions of NANA’S BOOKS which come in wordless, minimal text and full text versions. Each book supports psychosocial health, wellbeing and cognitive engagement. A woman in a teal sweatshirt is looking through an era-spanning picture book of young girls  and their dolls.

Curated Art and Literature for All

“My books bring me back to ME.”

Person-Centered Features

  • Familiar art and verse
  • Spirit, faith and identity affirmative
  • Dignified, age-appropriate content
  • Large collection for self-selection supports autonomy
  • High interest topics
  • Leisure reading books made accessible
  • Pride of ownership, books of one's own to share
  • On-hand resources to soothe sundowning and transitions
  • No mention of Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Timeless themes for easy intergenerational connection and community sharing

What the Experts Are Saying

Arts Inspiration Through Nostalgia

Dementia Spring Foundation is a bridge between the dementia and arts communities. Their mission is to inspire creativity and joy among people with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. This Dementia Arts Spotlight features NANA'S BOOKS. Thank you to Dr. Marc Rothman, Sandra Stimson and team for this honor.

Enhanced Engagement

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America provides support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias nationwide. This is a feature article on NANA'S BOOKS in their quarterly publication, Alzheimer's Today. Thank you, AFA, for this honor.

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