Alzheimer's Awareness Month - Reliving their memories

Published: 11 Sep 2018


Older people, their carers and families are taking trips down memory lane, thanks to Hertfordshire Libraries’ Reminiscence Collection.

Specially curated reminiscence boxes enable people to enjoy a ‘blast from the past’ or help those with dementia to recall their earlier years.

Cllr Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “As it’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it’s particularly relevant to highlight the availability of these special memory boxes. Dipping into a box and talking about its contents generates a really positive experience for everyone who takes part.

“The feedback from those who have borrowed a box is always very enthusiastic. People with dementia may have difficulty with their short term memory, but their long term memory is still there and the items in the boxes can act as a trigger, starting meaningful conversations.”

There are more than 100 themed boxes to choose from, containing a variety of items including puzzles, CDs, DVDs, games, old newspapers and memorabilia as well as books and scrapbooks. 

Themes range from WWII Aeroplanes and Male Grooming to Royalty, We’re going on a holiday, and In the Home.  Some of the most popular boxes are those with contents from specific decades such as the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Up to 2 boxes can be ordered at a time, either online, through any library or the home library service. The collection is available to all library members, and there is no reservation charge for carers, activity coordinators and people with disabilities.

Cllr Douris added: “Our most popular boxes are those from the 40s and 50s and we would love to hear from anyone who has small items that they could donate from these eras.”

To see the collection visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/reminiscence-collection  

To donate, telephone 0300 123 4049 and ask for Community Services or email libraries.communityservices@hertfordshire.gov.uk.