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More support for people living with dementia from Poole Libraries

Residents living with dementia and their families will be able to take advantage of a new source of information and advice from Wednesday 4 February, as a new collection of Books on Prescription comes to Poole libraries. 

The collection, which has been collated and endorsed by leading health experts, contains 25 books which provide information and advice about dementia and normal ageing, support following diagnosis, practical help for carers, personal accounts, and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.

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Health professionals offering dementia care can now use the scheme to recommend helpful reading, or people can ‘self-refer’ using the booklist to borrow the books from any library in Poole.  

The collection will launch with an event at Poole Central Library on Wednesday 4 February at 10am. As well as finding out more about the Books on Prescription scheme, visitors will also be able to meet local organisations supporting people with dementia, listen to the Sing Together Choir, find out why it is important for businesses to be dementia-friendly, try out creative writing, and become a Dementia Friend.

Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Libraries, Borough of Poole, said: “The launch of the new Books on Prescription scheme for people suffering with dementia and their families is exactly in keeping with the evolving and extending role of our libraries.  It shows how libraries can play a significant role in helping to build communities that are 'dementia-friendly' and it’s great to see this important resource being made available to all our residents completely free of charge.” 

Cllr Chris Wilson, Borough of Poole Dementia Champion, said: “We know that a diagnosis of dementia can be a traumatic and disorientating experience, leaving people feeling lonely and excluded from their community. The new Books on Prescription service will help us provide much-needed support and advice to people living with dementia in Poole, as well as practical and emotional help for carers and suggested activities to help people remain active and independent for as long as possible.”

The existing Books on Prescription scheme, for people with mild and moderate mental health conditions, has been very successful in Poole, with 2% of adults borrowing one of the recommended books compared with a national average of 0.7%. This puts Poole in the top three library authorities in the country in terms of reach into the community, and it is hoped that the new dementia list will follow this success.

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

Schedule of events for Wednesday 4 February:

  • 10am – official launch of Books on Prescription for dementia by Councillors Chris Wilson and Xena Dion
  • 10.30am:
    • Sing Together Choir – a free concert from the community choir for over 55s
    • Becoming a dementia-friendly business - with Ian Campbell, Coles Miller Solicitors LLP and Peter Moody, Coleman Insurance
  • 11.30am - Creative writing for people with dementia and their carers. Creative writing can be very therapeutic, so why not give it a try? With Monique Munroe, 1stWrites
  • 12.30pm - Become a Dementia Friend - find out more about dementia and what you can do to help



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