‘Books on Prescription for dementia’ to launch at Somerset libraries

People with dementia, and anyone affected by the condition, can dip into a new collection of books being launched at Taunton Library on 26 March 2015.

The 25 new titles in the ‘Reading Well: Books on Prescription for dementia’ collection have all been recommended by health experts and tested by people with experience of dementia.

They include titles on information and advice, living well with dementia, support for relatives and carers, personal stories and titles for children.  They join the existing ‘Somerset Dementia Collection’ set up in Somerset libraries since 2013.

There are 9,100 people estimated to have dementia in Somerset, 150 are under 65.  There are also more than 58,000 people who describe themselves as unpaid carers, many will be caring for someone with dementia.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chair of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board, Somerset County Council said:  “The collection will help many people affected by dementia and be a very reassuring resource for people worried about symptoms who want to have a quiet read.”

“Dementia presents us all with a major national health challenge. The ‘Books on Prescription’ collection helps to support the development of a dementia friendly community here in Somerset and build understanding and awareness of the condition.”

The collection is funded by Somerset County Council and Somerset’s Library Service supported by Alzheimer’s Society.

The books are available for anyone to request from their local library, or your GP or another health professional may have recommended one of the titles.

The collection is available through the following libraries in Somerset; Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil and you can order them free of charge at any Somerset library or http://www.librarieswest.org.uk. Booklists are available in all libraries. Please ask library staff for information.

For further information about the scheme please contact Carolyn Arscott, Public Health