Community Happenings: Book Drive for the Memory Center at Riverstone Senior Life Services

Riverstone Senior Life Services is a non-profit agency serving older adults who live in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan.  Riverstone’s Memory Center provides support through a variety of therapeutic, social, and recreational activities to elders with memory loss.

Peter Martin, event manager for Sunday Best and a social worker, is a member of Riverstone’s board of directors, and the Sunday Best Reading Series is currently collecting books for the library in the Memory Center.  If you have books that you would like to donate, please give them to Peter Martin or Patricia Eakins at the NoMaa Benefit scheduled for Sunday, March 6, or at any other Sunday Best event.   Also, let Peter know if you would like to visit the Memory Center.  If you cannot attend a Sunday Best event in the near future, but you would still like to donate books, please leave a comment in response to this entry or contact Patricia Eakins at fabulara@earthlink.net.

Books in the Memory Center library will be read and shared both with older persons in the early stages of memory loss and their caretakers, so please keep both groups in mind when collecting volumes for donation. Suitable books include books of poetry and fiction that are not overly difficult for persons with Alzheimer’s,  books about Alzheimer’s for caregivers of older adults, and “coffee table” books with good pictures.  Art books, particularly books about particular art forms, such as origami, would be particularly welcome.

For caregivers, the Center is hoping to collect a number of “comfort books,” books that one would enjoy reading or leafing through on a stressful day when difficult tasks seem impossible to undertake–the kind of books one would curl up while eating mac and cheese!  For older adults, books that serve in some way to elicit memories would be of particular value; these books could include books of photographs of historical events or neighborhoods or books of easy writing exercises and journal prompts.  In short, any books that entertain, comfort, amuse, provide useful information, or evoke memory and reflection would be welcomed with sincere appreciation.

Grand Opening of Riverstone Memory Center (photo courtesy of Riverstone Senior Life Services)

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