All she could find that would work were children’s books, and giving those to her grandmother seemed like a violation of her dignity.
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.
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.
The idea came after Thompson realized her grandmother, whom was diagnosed with early onset dementia, could still read despite the diagnosis.
"My dream is to improve the quality of life for as many people with dementia as I can."
For Rachel, it’s about how she can help not only people with dementia, but their families as well.
Marlena Books, which provides reading materials for adults with dementia, was one of two winners of the pitch competition.
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Starting the company was about family and opening the conversation around dementia and the stigmas associated with it.