World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s month is held annually in September.

The aim is to raise awareness of the disease and in doing so, help people to understand what life is like for someone living with or those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

According to Alzheimer’s Disease International: “2 out of every 3 people globally believe there is little or no understanding of Dementia in their country”. This campaign aims to change that statistic.

Alzheimer’s is a condition where the person’s brain function declines which can include memory, thinking and other mental abilities.

Alzheimer’s Research UK. Source: Dementia fact sheet December 2017; World Health Organisation

In Hampshire Libraries we want to raise awareness by staff attending specific training sessions and many have now become Dementia Friends. They can be identified by the Dementia Friends badge.

dementiafriends.org.uk

Reminiscence collection

Hampshire Libraries holds a Reminiscence Collection which are items that have been chosen to stimulate and support reminiscence and may be of particular use to carers working with people with dementia.

Memory Joggers 1940 – 1989 Entertainers – Barbara & Robin Dynes, I can remember the 1970s – Sally Hewitt, Having Fun in Grandma’s Day – Faye Gardner

Other books available to borrow

Hampshire Libraries hold books that explain about Alzheimer’s and Dementia and some are from the perspective of those suffering or caring for those with the disease. Find those books here: Books about Alzheimer’s & Dementia

There also a special collection of books called ‘Pictures to Share‘ which are fantastic books that help those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia bring back memories and to look at images that are part of daily life.

Family Life, At the Seaside, Shopping – Pictures to share Community interest company, edited by Helen Bate

Home Library Service

If you can’t get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities the library can come to you.

We can arrange for you to have your library books delivered to your home on a regular basis.

We offer books in standard and large print and also have a wide range of audio books in different formats. If you would like to borrow a particular title from Hampshire’s stock, we can get it for you.

This service is free.

How it works

Ask about the service at your local library, fill in the Library Service form or call HantsDirect on 0300 555 1387. After you have completed the enquiry form we will contact you by phone or email to assess your eligibility.

We deliver the service through our team of volunteers.

We will match you with someone and make them aware of what you like to read. They will visit you and exchange the items you have borrowed usually at least once every 4 weeks.

Volunteering for the Home Library Service

Or if you would like to become a volunteer who delivers and collects books, then please find out more information and apply here: Home Library Service Volunteering information

Other information

Some of our Hampshire Libraries hold Dementia Events and Drop Ins where you can receive advice and those who have Alzheimer’s and Dementia can attend a group.

You can also receive help and information through the Hampshire website by visiting the Adult Social Care Support page.

Libraries are a safe space and there are so many ways in which they can support and enhance the life of a person diagnosed and their carers.

Dementia Support Services

Dementia Support Services

Hampshire Libraries are committed to supporting those living with Dementia across Hampshire.

Many of our Hampshire Library Service staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Awareness sessions – taking the opportunity to become Dementia Friends. The aim is to offer positive, Dementia friendly environments in all libraries.  Living with Dementia can create feelings of isolation and problems communicating with family, friends and carers. For many carers it can feel difficult to break through these frustrating barriers.  Hampshire County Council’s Library Service offers a range of materials and resources to borrow to help improve and stimulate discussion and memories.

Books on Prescription – Dementia Collection

This is an informative collection of titles chosen by The Reading Agency, and recommended and endorsed by health professionals.  It is designed to provide information and advice about dementia plus support for relatives and carers. The selection Includes personal stories and activities to share.

Reminiscence Collection

The collection helps to stimulate memories and past experiences. It includes posters, games and quizzes, postcards,  recorded music, smell boxes and memory boxes, jigsaws, photographs and books which can be used to stimulate and support reminiscence.

Audio Resources

Sometimes listening to the rhythm of a voice reading a story can be relaxing in itself. Audio resources can also help if someone wakes during the night, or when attending medical appointments.

Individual books are pre-loaded onto an easy to use MP3 player about the size of a pack of cards. The user can slow down the reading pace to suit their needs.

A whole book on 1 or 2 discs that can be listened to, paused, rewound or fast forwarded as needed so that people with dementia can still enjoy the pleasure of a book.

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines

Library staff are happy to load your favourite newspapers and magazines onto your own memory stick. Over 150 audio titles are  available including, Reader’s Digest, Which?, Country Living and People’s Friend.

Quick Reads

Shorter, easy to read paperbacks by popular authors in larger clear print.

Pictures to Share Collection

Books with large simple images designed for people with dementia to help stimulate conversation between them and their families and carers.

Home Library Service

For anyone who finds it difficult to get to the library because of ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. We carefully match customers with local volunteers who are DBS checked, recruited and trained by library staff. Each month these volunteers will select and deliver library items based on your preferences.
Many of our Hampshire Library Service staff and volunteers have attended Dementia Awareness sessions and are experienced in talking with people who have dementia. Please do ask for more information about any of the services and resources listed here and other services we provide such as the Good Neighbour scheme. Read our Home Library Service blog for more!