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First dementia café for Jubilee Library

Besi Besemar January 27, 2015

A new initiative to provide support and information for people living with dementia and their carers is being launched at Jubilee Library tomorrow (Wednesday January 28).

Jubilee Library
Jubilee Library

THE LIBRARY is hosting the city’s first Dementia café (De-café) in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society. The café will provide opportunities for local families living with dementia to meet each other and get advice and information from health professionals from across the city.

The event also marks the launch of the latest Reading Agency initiative, which promotes a new collection of books on dementia chosen by health experts and carers’ groups.

The 25 titles on the ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia’ list have been selected to support people living with dementia, their families and carers, and include health information on dementia suitable for the layperson, as well as accounts from carers about their experiences of caring for a loved one with dementia.

There are also books to help children understand dementia and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.

Dementia titles will be available to borrow in libraries across the city.

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden
Cllr Geoffrey Bowden

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the council’s Economic Development and Culture Committee said: “Brighton and Hove’s libraries are no longer just places to borrow books but have evolved into valuable community hubs, where residents can access a wide range of information and services.

“Therefore we are extremely proud to be able to expand our range of services and work with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide this important new resource for people living with dementia and their carers.”

The Alzheimer’s Society is currently running Carers’ Information and Support programmes at Hove Library and will be starting a new dementia café at Hangleton Library on February 26.

The De-café will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more details phone the Alzheimer’s Society on 01273 726266.

For more info about the national library dementia initiative, click here: