Dementia in Focus at Worcestershire Libraries

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Worcestershire County Council’s Library Service is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, and The University of Worcester for Dementia Action Week, taking place from 13th May to 19th May.

All Worcestershire Libraries will be stocked up with a refreshed Reading Well for Dementia collection of books, and library members can borrow them from their local library. Reading Well supports you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

The collection of books has been chosen and endorsed by leading health professionals and co-produced with people with lived experience.

Step into The Hive and immerse yourself in a series of events designed to deepen your understanding of dementia, its support networks, and pathways to access them.

On Monday, 13 May, activities include an introduction to Age UK Hereford & Worcestershire Dementia Services, exploring support networks, and drop-in sessions to learn about available services.

Tuesday features an author talk on leisure and everyday life with dementia, and sessions on making homes dementia friendly.

Wednesday offers a Young Onset Dementia Cafe, providing specialised activities and socialising opportunities. Thursday’s schedule includes informative sessions for carers, introducing Admiral Nursing and Worcestershire Association of Carers.

Friday concludes with sessions on ensuring businesses are dementia-friendly, led by Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Drop-in sessions by Age UK Hereford & Worcestershire are available throughout the week to find out about their services and find out about meeting centres, dementia cafes, group outings and more.

Councillor Karen May, Cabinet Member for Communities at Worcestershire County Council, emphasised the significance of these events, stating, “Dementia is a disease that affects so many families, and I’m really pleased to see Libraries offering sessions to help educate people about the condition, but also offering those with the condition an opportunity to get out and about and socialise. These sessions are also important for friends, family and those in support networks for people with dementia to ensure they are receiving all the support they need, and to remind them of what is available.  I encourage everyone to attend and join us in promoting awareness, understanding and inclusivity within our community.”

In addition to the events, pop in to experience an insightful exhibition by Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, highlighting the importance of seeing the person beyond the condition. Explore the full lineup of events and activities taking place at The Hive

Our libraries host regular events and activities throughout the year that engage and uplift individuals with dementia. Groups include Classic Film Club, Reminiscence Groups, Knit and Natter, Hook Buddies, and Scrabble, all of which offer engaging activities beneficial for individuals with dementia. These are perfect for those living with dementia, their families, caregivers, and anyone seeking a warm atmosphere to chat and connect.

To see what’s on, visit our events webpages