New library collection will help people with dementia

Dementia Book Launch

A new collection of books for people with dementia and their carers is now available from libraries across North Yorkshire.

The new books are part of the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, which is delivered by The Reading Agency and the Society of Chief Librarians with funding from Arts Council England. The North Yorkshire collection has also had funding through the County Council’s health and adult services budget. The Reading Well scheme was originally developed to support people with common mental health conditions to feel better through self-help reading, and has now been extended to include books developed for people with dementia and their carers.

“The launch of this new collection of books is part of the important work we are doing through our dementia support service to help individuals and to build understanding and awareness of the condition” said County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration.

“Improving dementia services and the quality of care is a key priority for the County Council. We have an ageing population and know that over 9000 of our residents are living with dementia. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, promote their independence and help them plan and maintain their social networks, as well as supporting their carers. This collection of books will also help the many people living without a formal diagnosis of dementia, who may be worrying about symptoms and wanting to find out more”.

The 25 books on the Reading Well Books on Prescription dementia list include a wide range of titles from those which help people who have just been diagnosed with the condition through to picture books for reminiscence sessions and stories from those with first-hand experience of living with dementia.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Libraries, said “I’m delighted that we have been able to put this great collection of books into our libraries. Health professionals can recommend reading from the booklist to support people with dementia and their carers, and people can also self-refer and borrow titles free from their local library. The new collection adds to the work we are already doing to provide dementia friendly libraries”.

The books are in 19 of North Yorkshire libraries now and can also be ordered from the County Council’s on-line library catalogue