Dementia can affect anyone: there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and this number is projected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.
Dementia Awareness Week, run by the Alzheimer's Society, runs between 14 and 20 May and this year the call to action is unity: too many people are facing dementia alone, so collaboration is vital for improving access to support.
How libraries can help
Statistics from the Alzheimer's Society show that less than half (47%) of people living with dementia feel part of their community, which has inspired their campaign for dementia friendly communities. Libraries can play a significant role in creating these communities, providing non-stigmatised spaces offering free and accessible support.
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia, which we run in partnership with Libraries Connected, is available throughout the year at libraries across England. It provides a list of 25 titles recommended by health professionals as well as people with lived experience, all available to borrow for free. Aimed at people with dementia or their carers, the books provide information and advice, support with living well after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.
Public Library Universal Dementia Offer
The Public Library Universal Dementia Offer sits beneath the Universal Public Library Health Offer as a national strategy to raise public awareness and help people with dementia and their carers to understand and live with dementia, access appropriate support, engage in therapeutic activity, and remain independent, active and engaged for as long as possible.
Throughout Dementia Awareness Week libraries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are highlighting their dementia services by hosting events including Dementia Friends sessions, reminiscence workshops, memory cafes, and shared reading groups for people with dementia and their carers. Visit the Alzheimer's Society website for a list of Dementia Awareness Week events.
Visit the Reading Well website for more information on the scheme
Browse the Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia booklist
Become a Dementia Friend
Let us know how you are marking Dementia Awareness Week on Twitter by using #DAW2017 and @readingagency