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Retro Colouring Books


The A4 16 page Retro Colouring Book colouring book ideal for people with dementia. Colouring is a tactile activity and can be far more than just therapeutic for people with dementia, when combined with engagement.

Available in four options:

  • Retro General – Assorted age appropriate pictures from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. Including Spitfire aircraft, Rock n Roll dancers, Marilyn Monroe…
  • Retro Themed Children’s TV – characters colouring book. Children’s television characters and programmes from the 1960s/1970s. Including Andy Pandy, Thunderbirds, Dr Who…
  • Retro Themed Adult TV – characters colouring book. A4 16 page colouring book. Adult television characters and programmes from the 1960s/1970s. Including Cilla Black, Dads Army, Coronation Street…
  • Retro Themed Yorkshire –  colouring book with TV characters and  programmes from the 1960s/1970’s.  Including Last of the Summer Wine….


Retro Colouring Books are perfect gift and can help to reduce frustration and aggression in people who live with dementia. The Retro Colouring Book is available in four options and works well along side other Les Ives activities – Memory Cards and Reminiscence books.

Does Colouring help with dementia?
Colouring can be a great way to improve mood and provide a sense of comfort for those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. For example, studies have found that it helps boost serotonin levels in the brain, which is directly related to improved mood.

Retro Colouring Books Benefits

  • Maintain independence & skills
  • Enables feelings to be communicated
  • Decades Book can improve self-esteem
  • Will encourage interaction and engagement

How to use in a healthcare setting

Engaging healthcare settings are especially important and should always be a key factor for the wellbeing of patients and residents.

These colouring books bring to life people and memories. Helping a person with dementia to be active and involved in life can greatly improve their quality of life by reducing agitation, improving sleep and maintaining nutrition levels.

Offer a varied activity program.

  • Physical
  • Mental,
  • Social
  • Creative activities
  • Sensory
  • Reminiscence.

Stimulating the mind

Recommendations given in the 2011 World Alzheimer’s Report suggest that routinely providing individualized cognitive stimulation to those with mild to moderate stages of dementia can produce short-term improvements and/or reduce the decline in cognitive function.

Read more about the importance of activities 

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