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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Dementia-friendly books

Updated: May 11, 2021

From Canada with love...

We're grateful to the Chaplain to Seniors in Mississauga, Ontario, the Revd Maria Nightingale, for writing to tell us of a comparatively new book company in Canada that creates dementia-friendly reading material.

Marlena Books believe that individuals with dementia should have access to 'age-appropriate, dignifying, adaptive recreation'. The person behind the scheme is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo. Maria, whom we met when she attended the Cliff College, Derbyshire, course on ministry among older people nearly a year ago, also studied at the University of Waterloo.

Check out the Marlena range of beautifully-illustrated books for people living with dementia at

'The books look wonderful and hopefully the series will continue to grow and expand,' commented Julia Burton-Jones, Dementia Specialist and Anna Chaplain Lead in Rochester.

Incidentally, the university also has a department dedicated to research into Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Click here to find out more.


Interested in attending the next Cliff College course I'm leading on ministry among older people? There's a short course from Friday evening 27 September to lunchtime on Sunday 29 September 2019. Eighteen people have booked on already, but there are still a few places left before the list closes.

The September 2018 course on ministry among older people at Cliff College, Derbyshire. Maria Nightingale is pictured in the middle with a camera, as she is a keen photographer.



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