Reading Strategies

Tru here, with reading tools that i personally use to compensate for my dementia symptoms.

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i was always a voracious reader, and in 6th-grade my teacher visited my home to speak with my parents
— because he was concerned that i was living life thru books, instead of thru real experiential happenings.

10 years ago i sold about 200 books, many of them because i had lost ability to understand them.
Even now my library is substantial … but now i can no longer understand ANY of my printed books – except for quick poetry PIECES.
So most of these collections will be given away or sold.

For lower-level reading,
e-book (kindle) allows me to highlight sections of the story that will trigger memories about the story.
Because if i get interrupted (even for toilet-break or a notifications “ding” from my phone)
then i need to review those highlights in order to continue the story.

Altho it is at a much lower level, using these techniques has allowed my continued joy of reading.

Anything over about 6th-grade-level i have learned to avoid, because my memory is insufficient to understand what i am reading;
there is no hope of holding the information from early part of paragraph until the later part of the paragraph.
In sentences, the noun and verb must be close together, without too many conditional clauses or explanatory phrases.
Only short paragraphs without too much extraneous detail are understandable.

Some of these stories i have read 10 or 12 times thru the years.
Because i have re-read them so many times, i am still able to enjoy SOME of the books that i read in 6th grade … IF i add some compensation strategies.

For these stories i must listen to audio book at the same time as i read from e-book.
Audio book by itself (without text) is completely useless to me, because the sounds do not go together to make words and sentences.
Either audio or visual by themselves are insufficient for my needs,
— but when i combine them i am able to again read SOME of my old favorites. …
but again, the book must be e-book with tool for easily-reviewed highlights of the story.

((So i use Kindle)).

LINKS:

Text format – My Dementia Style at >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2019/03/04/text-format-dementia/ ;

https://keepingbusy.com/learning-center/montessori-dementia-reading-groups/ ;

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/metacognition-and-the-mind/201804/can-reading-help-my-brain-grow-and-prevent-dementia ;

Reading Improves Memory and Helps Prevent Dementia

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i am attending few Zoom groups right now.

Calendars will eventually be removed to prevent over-Loading the upLoad limit for website “Media Library”, because they actually take quite a bit of mb.

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Disclaimer that i misunderstand things and make mistakes too, so there might be mistakes in Calendar.— *** —

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DAILY at DM (Dementia Mentors): we host 44 virtual memory cafes each month with Dementia Mentors.
These are “member-only” gatherings for those living with dementia
(every day except Sundays for persons living with some form of dementia
— and also twice-monthly for Partners on Sundays).
More info here >>  https://www.dementiamentors.org/ .

To be part of Dementia Mentors’ video chats,
membership form is at >> https://bit.ly/DM2020contact .

Video “tour” is at >> https://vimeo.com/showcase/3464118/video/264048358

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These are OTHER events i know of during this week:

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8 Sept, Tues; FTD Patient Support Group on Tuesdays, (members only): If you have a firm diagnosis of Fronto-Temporal Degeneration and would like to join the FTD Patient Support group, please contact sherylwhitman.FTD@gmail.com. The group also has a video Zoom meeting every Tuesday; 10am Pacific time, 11am Mountain time, 12 noon Central, and 1pm Eastern time.  Members-only.  https://www.theaftd.org/living-with-ftd/support-for-people-with-ftd/ .

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8 Sept, Tues; DAA Drop-in with Dr Susan on Tuesdays:  While COVID-19 is impacting everyday life, please join us at the Dementia Action Alliance for an online discussion with Susan Wehry, MD Tuesdays  at https://zoom.us/j/4567882023  ((1pm Pacific Time, 2pm Mtn, 3pm Central, 4pm Eastern, 9pm UK, and 10pm South Africa)).

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9 Sept, Wed: LBD Living with Lewy (members-only): Membership is limited to those diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. These video Zoom gatherings are part of the “Living with Lewy” FaceBook support group, so you must be on FaceBook and a member of that specific FaceBook group.  Members-only.  https://www.lbda.org/go/virtual-groups .

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9 Sept, Wed: Dementia Mentors’ (members only) are offered Wednesday-night guided meditation series.  (( 6pm Pacific Time, 7pm Mtn, 8pm Central, 9pm Eastern, 2am UK )). Members-only.  >> https://bit.ly/DM2020contact .

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10 Sept, Thurs: Dementia Mentors’ Christians (members only) are offered “Christian” gathering on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.  This is non-denominational Christian group for fellowship and prayer.  (( 9am Pacific Time, 10 Mtn, 11 Central, 12 noon Eastern, 5pm UK, and 6pm South Africa)).  Members-only.  >> https://bit.ly/DM2020contact .

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10 Sept, Thursday: DAA Discussion topic …. Zoom video chat begins 7am Hawaii, 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, Noon Central, 1pm Eastern time. 6pm London, 8pm South Africa. Link to join is at this page >> https://daanow.org/online-discussions/ .

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10 Sept, Thursday: Dementia Mentors’ (members only) newest chat group will begin this week. ((11am Pacific time, 12 noon Mtn, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern, 7pm UK, and 8pm South Africa)). Members-only.  >> https://bit.ly/DM2020contact .

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11 Sept, Friday: DAA Faith Hope and Love; using spirituality through challenging times.  Fridays at https://zoom.us/j/4567882023  ((  NEW TIME: 9am Pacific Time, 10am Mtn, 11 Central, 12 noon EASTERN time, 5pm UK, and 6pm South Africa )).

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Mark Your Calendars for future events:

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16 Sept, Wednesday, Teepa Snow has “Lets Talk” video chat with Persons Living with Dementia.   (( 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mtn, 12 noon Central, 1pm Eastern, 6pm UK, and 7pm South Africa )). at https://teepasnow.com/services/online-learning/webinars/webinars-for-plwd/

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22 Sept, Tuesday, is next Dementia Chats with Lori LaBey.
This monthly recorded TEACHING series involving persons with dementia as experts in Lived Experience. Let me know if YOU would like to participate
>> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyFH7iN6JFUE9oJFbRre0VAFbPWQFQcT6 .  ((4th Tuesday of each month, 7:30am until 9am Pacific Time, 8:30 until 10am Mtn, 9:30am until 11am Central, 10:30am until 12 noon Eastern, 3:30pm until 5pm UK time , and 4:30pm until 6pm South Africa)).

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23 Sept Aug, Wed is DAI Webinar. More info re Dementia Alliance International September webinar is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dai-webinar-human-rights-as-a-practice-model-in-residential-aged-care-tickets-118691179513 .

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