The first of two unique anthologies of short stories written specifically be read aloud to older adults, A Loving Voice offers an imaginative and creative way for family members, friends and professionals to reach out to, communicate with, and entertain the older people in their care, particularly those who are bed-ridden, confined to a nursing home or hospital and those with dementia. The idea for A Loving Voice came to it’s editors, Carolyn Banks and Janis Rizzo, when they recognised the serious lack of reading material for this ever-growing segment of the population. They invited writers to submit stories and poems for their anthology. The 52 never-before-published selections they included are what they felt would be most valuable and entertaining for their elderly audience: stories that evoke nostalgic memories of the past, stimulate conversation and provide a bridge between the past and present and a bond between reader and listener. All of the selections can be read in one sitting (no longer than 10 minutes), are clear with easy-to-follow plots and simple dialogue that lends itself to reading aloud. This book, and it’s accompanying second volume, A Loving Voice II: A Caregiver’s Book of More Read-Aloud Stories for the Elderly, has received critical acclaim from professional caregivers and family members alike.