These “I Spy” books are a fun way to “read” and exercise the brain for those with memory loss. The “I Spy” books come in different levels of difficulty, and in my opinion the books with “Little” in the title are the best match for those in the middle stages of dementia. The pictures are simpler, making find the objects easier, and the object to be found is both written out and shown as a picture, so even those who can’t comprehend written words can still use the picture on the left to find the same object in the photo on the right (see below for an example).
Those in the early stages of the disease might find this activity too childish, but some may enjoy the challenge of the standard “I Spy” books, particularly those at the end of the book, which tend to be harder. They are also a great way to bond with grandchildren, so having a little one ask for help may get the person with dementia interested in participating.
The books can be purchased online or at your local bookstore. Happy hunting!