Dementia Action Week
Specialist self-help books on dementia are to be made available at Erewash Museum to offer advice and comfort to those affected by the illness.
The dementia friendly library is being launched as part of Dementia Action Week from 21 May to 27 May, during which the Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people to unite and take actions to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet many people feel excluded and face the disease alone.
From 22 May the reference library section of Erewash Museum’s Hayloft space will permanently house ‘reading well books on prescription’ for dementia. The scheme helps people with common mental health problems feel better through self-help reading. The 25 titles on the ‘reading well books on prescription’ for dementia list have been recommended by health experts as well as people with experience of dementia.
Visitors will be able to sit in the recently converted Hayloft with a book. If the Hayloft is ever busy with a booking, the museum reception team will be happy to show visitors a list of titles and get one from the library for them to read.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“These books will provide lots of useful information and advice for people in Erewash who have questions and concerns about dementia. This is a fantastic initiative for Dementia Action Week and I am sure that lots of people will take this opportunity to visit the museum and take time out to read a book.”
More information can be found at www.alzheimers.org.uk/DementiaActionWeek and reading-well.org.uk/blog/launch-of-reading-well-books-on-prescription-for-dementia