People with dementia ‘re-discover the joy’ of reading

Captial and Coast District Health Board psycho-geriatrician Dr Sally Rimkeit says the goal is to revive the pleasure of reading.

“It’s about helping people re-discover the joy of doing something they once loved, especially those who have been avid readers,” she said.

Dr Rimkeit developed the idea with applied linguist Dr Gillian Claridge, who is dean of the Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand.

They set up a small publishing company, Dovetale Press, which has also produced adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and a selection of Poetry for the Restless Heart.