Awaken the dormant skill of READING for your
residents with memory loss. 
 
Unlike other cognitive programs that seniors don't connect with, our
short story & discussion program has worked with retirement communities across the United States. 

Rediscover & Explore

A Short Story and Discussion Program

The Program
 
This is a weekly short story and discussion program designed specifically for seniors, even those who have memory loss. There are enough stories for activity directors to conduct this reading program weekly for TWO years! Each story is sold individually and conveniently available for purchase at Amazon!  Each story also comes with a discussion guide which corresponds with the story and is written in a way that promotes reminiscing. 
 
Stories include historical events, biographies, folk-lore, places of interest and holidays!  They are written specifically for older adults, and include educational content that even the leader will enjoy!  

Watch Jennifer’s video on how to implement this program into your communities with ease and success! 

4 Ways to use the program

 

  • Group program for Alzheimer's residents- Select members of your group will read aloud the story to the other participants.

 

  • Group program for Assisted Living residents - Run a weekly book club your residents will love, and assign one of them to be the discussion leader.

 

  • Family Resource - Give your family members a resource to keep them connected to their loved one living  with memory loss when they visit.

 

  • One-on-One - Engage your residents on an individual level either by reading with them or letting them explore the story on their own. 

 

 

Benefits 

 

  • Saves Activity Director's time!

  • Materials based on evidence that reading aloud has a positive impact on the functioning of individuals with dementia

 

  • Consultation time with a skilled professional to help implement the program and to answer staff questions 

 

  • A facilitator’s guide containing written questions for individuals with memory loss 

 

Testimonials
 
"In consideration of the short story program, I was encouraged by the response I received from the residents. The activity as a whole lasted the full hour and seemed to effectively engage the residents. Implementing reading activities, especially for residents who have disabilities, are typically very time consuming to prepare and these pre-formatted sheets made life a lot easier. The discussion questions were also very helpful and well structured, freely allowing us to go off script when appropriate. I would prepare this activity by having songs and complimentary pictures. However this was not necessary as the discussion alone would sometimes take the full hour if not more." 
- Activity Director
 
 
 
"We have had VERY good response with our (Memory Care) residents  -  quiet a few can do the reading and one in particular, a retired teacher,  enjoys leading the discussion.  I have really been impressed with the skills we have been able to tap into using this tool."
- Activity Director
 
 
 
"My residents and I really enjoyed the stories. They brought something unique and fun to the program. I like the discussion questions provided at the end."
- Activity Director
 
 
 
"I love the short stories and their easy to read bold print. (We've) had great results using them with one on one's  and small groups. We have a resident Nancy who loves to sit and read them herself, the big print is great for her to see."
- Activity Director
 
 
 
"I just wanted to send a quick email to let you know how much we have been enjoying the short stories and discussion trial here. I have been using it for both my small group and one on one’s, with some residents who tend to keep to themselves, and it really has been wonderful! In the small groups I have been using the discussion more so than with the one on one’s.  With the one on one’s the residents have really enjoyed just reading and learning from the short stories. It has been a great addition to the program and I am so happy we were able to be a part of the trial because more and more residents seemed to be drawn in by the readings each week."
- Activity Director
 
 
 

Purchase your stories on Amazon today and try the program with your residents!

We are still working on getting all 112 stories available on Amazon, for now, here's what's available! 
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VOL. 1

FRANKLIN

ROOSEVELT

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VOL. 6

VALENTINE'S DAY

CUSTOMS

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VOL. 12

EASTER

PARADE

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VOL. 20

THE UNDERGROUND

RAILROAD

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VOL. 23

MEMORIAL

DAY

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VOL. 28

FLAG

DAY

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VOL. 33

HARRY

TRUMAN

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VOL. 38

THE RED

CROSS

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VOL. 46

BENJAMIN

FRANKLIN

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VOL. 54

MACY'S THANKSGIVING

PARADE

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VOL. 59

ELEANOR

ROOSEVELT

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VOL. 66

OTZI

THE ICEMAN

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VOL 72

CHRISTMAS

TREES

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VOL. 78

BEAUTY

OF ELEPHANTS

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VOL. 84

RIGHT VS.

LEFT

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VOL. 93

WORLD WAR

TWO MEMORIAL

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VOL. 98

THE GOLD

RUSH

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VOL. 109

APOLLO

THIRTEEN

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VOL. 2

HISTORY OF

NEW YEAR'S DAY

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VOL. 7

MARDI

GRAS

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VOL. 13

EASTER

TRADITIONS

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VOL. 19

FREDERICK

DOUGLASS

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VOL. 24

INDY 500

THEN & NOW

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VOL. 29

FATHER'S

DAY

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VOL. 34

PONY

EXPRESS

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VOL. 39

SCOTCH

TAPE

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VOL. 47

HISTORY OF

INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

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VOL. 55

VETERANS

DAY

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VOL. 60

CENTRAL

PARK

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VOL. 67

WHAT TIME

IS IT?

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VOL. 73

NUTCRACKERS

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VOL. 79

LIGHTHOUSES

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VOL. 85

RODGERS AND

HAMMERSTEIN

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VOL. 94

DRIVERLESS

CARS

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VOL. 99

THE

RENAISSANCE

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VOL. 110

ALBERT

EINSTEIN

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VOL. 3

BIGFOOT

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VOL. 8

HISTORY OF

VALENTINE'S DAY

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VOL. 14

APRIL

FOOLS' DAY

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VOL. 92

UNSUNG HEROES OF THE

AMERICAN REVOLUTION

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VOL. 25

MAY

DAY

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VOL. 30

GEORGE

WASHINGTON

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VOL. 35

LABOR

DAY

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VOL. 41

MAN'S DESIRE

TO FLY

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VOL. 50

HISTORY OF

HALLOWEEN

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VOL. 56

CHARLES

LINDBERGH

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VOL. 61

MYSTERY

OF ICE

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VOL. 68

STONEHENGE

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VOL. 74

HISTORY OF

SANTA CLAUS

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VOL. 80

HARRY

HOUDINI

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COMING SOON

SMITHSONIAN

INSTITUTION

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VOL. 95

THE SPACE

AGE

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VOL. 105

BABE

RUTH

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VOL. 112

HISTORY OF

BASEBALL

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VOL. 4

DR. MARTIN

LUTHER KING JR.

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VOL 9

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN

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VOL. 16

EARTH

DAY

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VOL. 21

MOTHER'S

DAY

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VOL. 26

THE TRIPLE

CROWN

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VOL. 31

BASTILLE

DAY

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VOL. 36

FOURTH OF

JULY

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VOL. 43

FRANK

SINATRA

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VOL. 51

HALLOWEEN AROUND

THE WORLD

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VOL. 57

PILGRIMS

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VOL. 63

FEAR

OF THE DARK

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VOL. 69

SALT FOR

LIFE

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VOL. 76

EVOLUTION OF

BICYCLES

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VOL. 82

ELECTING

A PRESIDENT

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VOL. 89

INVENTION OF THE

POTATO CHIP

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VOL. 96

THE ROMANTIC

ERA

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VOL 106

DAYLIGHT

SAVING TIME

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VOL. 117

MARIE

CURIE

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VOL. 5

GROUNDHOG

DAY

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VOL. 11

HISTORY OF

ST. PATRICK'S DAY

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VOL. 17

THOMAS

JEFFERSON

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VOL. 22

CINCO DE

MAYO

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VOL. 27

FLORENCE

NIGHTINGALE

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VOL. 32

THE

ENDURANCE

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VOL. 37

STAR

SPANGLED BANNER

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VOL. 44

ALEXANDER

GRAHAM BELL

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VOL. 53

HISTORY OF

THANKSGIVING

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VOL. 58

HISTORY OF

HANUKKAH

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VOL. 64

YELLOWSTONE

NATIONAL PARK

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VOL. 70

HISTORY

OF COFFEE

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VOL. 77

HOT AIR

BALLOONS

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VOL. 83

THE

PARTHENON

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VOL. 90

THE RIGHT

TO VOTE

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VOL. 97

AGE OF

ROCK N' ROLL

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VOL. 107

HISTORY OF

DANCE