Teepa Snow on NANA'S BOOKS & Mirador Magazine

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Teepa Shares Our Books

For Clinicians

Go Beyond Cognitive Stimulation: Offer your clients habilitative materials that support word-finding, activate prior knowledge, elicit nostalgia and meaningful personal references.

Combat Loneliness: NANA'S BOOKS serve as a potent tool in socially prescribed visits, addressing heightened loneliness and isolation experienced by elders, especially post-Covid, by fostering a sense of connection and shared experiences.

Holistic Engagement: Clinicians and link workers can elevate care by integrating the diverse content of the books. This holistic approach extends beyond cognitive stimulation, reinforcing the humanity and personhood of clients, promoting a comprehensive sense of well-being.

Enrich Conversations: The on-hand resources from NANA'S BOOKS spark enriching conversations, providing a shared platform for clients to explore memories, beliefs, and personal experiences. This depth enriches social connections beyond mere cognitive stimulation.

Retain Social Abilities: Actively contributing to the retention of social abilities, the books become a medium for clients to connect with caregivers, clinicians, and family members. This fosters shared experiences and enhances social interactions.

Cognitive Skills Enhancement: Going beyond cognitive stimulation, these resources contribute to cognitive skills enhancement, assisting in maintaining cognitive functions and ensuring a well-rounded approach to mental well-being.

Practical for Busy Professionals: Designed with simplicity in mind, NANA'S BOOKS offer a practical solution for busy caring professionals.

Seamless Integration into socially prescribed visits allows for engagement without added stress.

Family Connection: Families can leverage these resources to connect with loved ones, creating meaningful moments that transcend distance. The books become a shared experience, fostering familial bonds even in challenging times.

Versatility in Use: Whether in a care setting or at home, the versatility of NANA'S BOOKS makes them an invaluable resource. Clinicians, link workers, and families can tailor the content to individual preferences, ensuring a personalized and enriching experience.

Accessible Remotely: The digital library component provides accessibility for remote engagement, enabling caring professionals and families to connect with elders even when physical presence is challenging.

Support Mental Health: Beyond cognitive benefits, these resources from NANA'S BOOKS support overall mental health by providing moments of joy, connection, and reflection, contributing to a holistic approach in elder care.

Doctor socially prescribing NANA’S BOOKS to alleviate anxiety and depression. Picture of a hand and a stethoscope and tablet being used to write a prescription for a digital library.

NANA'S BOOKS are Research Based

University of Liverpool Study A Literature-Based Intervention for Older People Living with Dementia

Qualitative and quantitative evidence that reading activity produces a significant reduction in dementia symptoms. Specifically, there are strong indications that the power of literary language can both trigger relevant past experience and prompt fresh acts of thought.
Cambridge University Study Reading activity prevents long-term decline in cognitive function in older people: evidence from a 14-year longitudinal study

ln a 14-year follow-up, a reduced risk of cognitive decline was observed among older people with higher versus lower reading frequencies at all educational levels.
Universities of the West of England (Bristol) & Southampton Study The Content of Nostalgic Memories Among People Living with Dementia

Because nostalgic memories are characterized by self-oriented, social, and existential narratives described in typical events, participants expressed more positive affect, self-esteem and self-continuity. Nostalgic exposure correlates to higher rates of companionship, connectedness and closeness of relationships, and self-reports of life as being meaningful.
Harvard Medical School/Harvard College A Look Back and a Way Forward; Poetry’s Healing Power During the Pandemic

Exposure to and immersion in poetry can play important roles in helping patients, physicians, and other healthcare professionals/providers boost mood, combat depression, anxiety, loneliness and feelings of isolation in people of all ages.
University of California/ James Madison University Study Nostalgia: A Potential Pathway to Greater Well-Being

Nostalgic activities enhance long-term well-being (i.e., Positive Psychology Interventions [PPIs]).
Xinxiang Medical University Study Effects of Developmental Bibliotherapy on Subjective Well-Being of Older Adults Living in Nursing Homes

Regular bibliotherapy contributes to optimistic attitude toward life, reduced negative emotions, and improved subjective well-being in older adults living in care communities.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Beckman Institute Paper: Reading for pleasure can strengthen memory in older adults

Beckman researchers find regular, engaged leisure reading supports maintenance of memory and cognitive skills in older adults and enhances quality of life.
University of the West of England Study (Bristol): Psychological and Mnemonic Benefits of Nostalgia for People with Dementia

The finding has potentially important clinical implications both for the development of reminiscence therapy and for facilitating adjustment to a diagnosis of dementia, as well as maintenance of self-concept and self esteem.

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