Book club broad­ens se­niors’ hori­zons

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY FRAM DINSHAW

New books are evok­ing old mem­o­ries for se­niors who grew up in a time when liv­ing on a farm was the norm.

e Vic­to­ria Or­der of Nurses’ adult day pro­gram has added ti­tles about farm life, Princess Diana and Anne of Green Gables to its book club, fo­cused on se­niors with de­men­tia as well as younger adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties.

“It’s a feel-good pro­gram that fo­cuses on their abil­i­ties, so things that they can do, be­cause all the time for se­niors with de­men­tia, the fo­cus is on things that they can­not do any­more,” said Monique Na­tivi­dad, adult day pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor for the VON.

She said the books con­tain sim­ple words with big let­ters to help read­ers fol­low along. Af­ter 30 to 45 min­utes of read­ing in the morn­ing, book club mem­bers sit in a cir­cle to dis­cuss the book’s con­tent, which could mean older peo­ple shar­ing their mem­o­ries about grow­ing up on a farm and car­ing for the an­i­mals.

Na­tivi­dad said her se­nior clients would have read at home in the morn­ings be­fore de­men­tia and other age-re­lated is­sues like fail­ing eye­sight a ected their read­ing and com­pre­hen­sion skills.

e se­niors are just some of the 27 book club mem­bers, of whom about 18 at­tend at any one time.

ey join other clients with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties, many of whom have few op­tions af­ter they nish school. Na­tivi­dad said about one third of her clients are un­der 60.

“ ere’s so few places in our town that are safe, warm and com­fort­ing for some­one who has an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, so the VON de­cided years ago to open the doors of the adult day pro­gram to young adults as well as just se­niors,” said Na­tivi­dad.

e VON’S adult day pro­gram runs at John­son Manor in Truro on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more pro­gram in­for­ma­tion, please call Monique Na­tivi­dad at 902-305-4798 or email her at Monique.na­tivi­dad@von.ca. Peo­ple can also visit http://von.ca/en/ser­vices for de­tails on this and other VON pro­grams.

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