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All she could find that would work were children’s books, and giving those to her grandmother seemed like a violation of her dignity.

The Globe and Mail's article on Rachel Thompson and Marlena Books

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Rachel’s experience with her grandmother and her degree in health studies showed her the value of reading in creating both meaningful leisure opportunities for people with Alzheimer’s/dementia who have always enjoyed reading, and also brain-stimulating activities, something that is often in short supply.

St. Paul's GreenHouse's Reading for Dignity and Stimulation

I started thinking that perhaps it's not that she can't read, but more that what we're giving her to read isn't working for her.

Books tailored to those with dementia. Alzheimer’s

The idea came after Thompson realized her grandmother, whom was diagnosed with early onset dementia, could still read despite the diagnosis.

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"My dream is to improve the quality of life for as many people with dementia as I can."

meet rachel thompson from marlena books

For Rachel, it’s about how she can help not only people with dementia, but their families as well.

University of Waterloo's article on startup bootcamp prize winners

Rachel Thompson received $2,500 for her venture

Marlena Books, which provides reading materials for adults with dementia, was one of two winners of the pitch competition.

Marlena books wins bootcamp prize

University of Waterloo's article on startup bootcamp prize winners

Bridging the gap between a love of reading and dementia

Starting the company was about family and opening the conversation around dementia and the stigmas associated with it.

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Rachel Thompson’s journey to entrepreneurship started out innocently enough: She has a grandmother who is living with dementia, but who had previously been an avid reader.

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