Gill leading a book group in a community centre. Two books are open on the table and a person holds one book open

Book Groups

Do you want to empower people living with dementia to read in book groups at the community centre, Care Home, or library? Create dementia-friendly communities: Here are free resources to guide you on this rewarding journey.

A close up looking downward of a man reading Little Women. The book is open on his lap with his hands are crossed over and resting on it.

Why start a Book Group?

A dementia-friendly book group at the Care Home or public library has been proven to increase patrons' quality of life and well-being, by promoting:

  • Joy from the music and rhythm of a literary classic
  • Smiles from the beauty and inventiveness of the language
  • Reminiscence through stimulating memories
  • Creativity and new associations
  • Improved empathy with others through connecting with the literature and fellow readers

Discover how you can start a book group.

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Dr Sally Rimkeit sitting and reading A Christmas Carol at her desk. She smiles warmly at the camera.

Guides for professionals or experts

More comprehensive guides coming soon.