Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Books to help with dementia

HENLEY library is holding book collections to help people with dementia.

HENLEY library is holding book collections to help people with dementia.

It is part of the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which is being rolled out nationally. The scheme has helped more than 275,000 people with book-based therapy for common mental health conditions since it was launched in June 2013.

Health professionals will be able to recommend helpful reading to support people with dementia and their carers. People can also self-refer using the booklist to borrow titles from the library.

The 25 titles on the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia list have been recommended by experts as well as people with experience.

The scheme is run by independent charity the Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians and local library services with funding from Arts Council England.

Councillor Lorraine Lindsay-Gale, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for cultural services, said, “This scheme provides quality information and advice, support following diagnosis and with early memory loss, practical and emotional help for carers and suggested activities to help people remain active and independent for as long as possible.

“This is a classic example of libraries being at the very centre of their communities and making a practical contribution to life that touches people who have dementia and their families.”

For more information, visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/reading-well

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