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New library scheme helps raise dementia awareness

Monday, February 2, 2015

Stockton libraries are supporting a scheme that prescribes books for people living with dementia.

The Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia scheme supports those with the condition and their carers to have a better understanding of the challenges they may face.

From Monday 2 February, 25 titles will be available which aim to provide quality information, advice and support following a dementia diagnosis.

They offer guidance on early memory loss along with practical help for carers with suggested activities to help people remain active and independent for as long as possible.

Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: "This scheme is a welcome opportunity for our libraries to play a significant role in helping to build a dementia-friendly community across the Stockton Borough.

"Better awareness and understanding of the condition is sorely needed so I would urge anyone wanting to learn more about dementia to visit their local library and ask about the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme."

There will be displays dedicated to the scheme at five libraries across the Borough:

  • Stockton Central
  • Billingham
  • Thornaby Central
  • Norton
  • Yarm

The books will be located at Billingham, Thornaby Central and Stockton Central libraries.

Request orders for books can also be made at any branch across the Borough, where leaflets and posters offering more information on the scheme can also be found.

For more information on the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme, contact Karen Morris on 01642 526518 or [email protected]

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