Posted: Thursday 26th April 2018
When reading can help – how Hertfordshire Libraries provides books and other materials to help you cope with health concerns …
Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to manage and understand your health by reading.
There are 3 collections of books available to borrow: Reading Well Books on Prescription: 30 self help titles on conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders, Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia.
The new collection will be announced in June so it is worth looking again to see what resources are available. Take a look at the titles we have available in the online catalogue. To borrow books, you will need to be a member of the library. If you're not, don't worry join online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries or any library.
Sometimes talking about the past can be a comfort to a person with dementia so investigate the Reminiscence Collection to find ways of bringing memories to life. Follow the link on www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/libraries to see the wide variety of materials available such as themed memory boxes, books, games & activities, DVDs, CDs, and a lot more. This collection can help families and carers to help dementia sufferers to and share past experiences.
Exercise has been shown to bolster physical and mental health so you may want to try the Walking Reading Groups run by Letchworth and Marshalswick libraries as part of LitFest18 where the group read a novel and discuss it as they walk a route near the library; more details of these and other LitFest events at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/litfest or ring 0300 123 4049.