Posted: Tuesday 16th May 2017
The number of people being diagnosed with dementia is increasing throughout our communities and more and more people are living with the condition. Even though the disease will touch most people’s lives, many of us do not really understand it or the simple things we can do to help others who live with the condition.
Help is on offer from Hertfordshire County Council’s Library Service. In partnership with the council’s Health & Community Services, libraries across the county offer access to valuable information and advice for people with dementia and their carers.
During Dementia Awareness Week, libraries will host a range of helpful and informative activities including demonstrations of the Reminiscence Collection - designed to be used by individuals and healthcare professionals caring for and supporting people with dementia, memory impairment or loss.
The collection includes memory boxes on a range of themes, books about reminiscence work, audio music and stories, DVDs, sensory objects, activities books, and large format jigsaws. These offer immense support to those living to individuals with memory loss or with dementia as it stimulates their memory and helps them retain fond memories of their past and interests. This material can also inspire conversation with family and carers and is ideal as a preventative tool.
Throughout the week, activities will include adding memories to a memory tree, a special story time with young and old sharing treasured toys from memory boxes, and a knit and natter session creating items for people with dementia. People will also have a chance to explore the opportunity to become a dementia friend.
Andrew Bignell, Head of Libraries at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Hertfordshire libraries are at the heart of local communities and we are pleased to be able to offer such valuable activities to help those with dementia and their carers during Dementia Awareness Week. More and more people are living with this condition. There are many small but important ways we can help people with dementia to live more fulfilled and independent lives.”
Other activities on offer include “Discover the Archives and Family History”, during which people have the opportunity to find a picture from their past, their old school or high street, and to start a memory scrapbook.
A special collection of books for people living with memory loss or dementia and their family, friends or carers, will be on display throughout the week in libraries. Here, people can easily source life stories about the experience of having dementia or caring for someone with dementia, as well as books about the condition and how to cope, and lots of information leaflets
To find out more visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries or ring 0300 123 4049
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