Helping Individuals, Loved Ones, and Caregivers
Introducing the Memory Care Collection
The Community & Family Outreach Services Department has introduced a Memory Care Collection to the Delaware County District Library catalog to help guide individuals experiencing memory loss, their caregivers and family members, and assisted living activity directors toward useful tools that can stimulate the mind.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s “2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report, an estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia. That means that within the United States population, more than 1 in 9 people (11.3%) age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia. Within Ohio, that reflects about 220,000 people. Knowing these statistics, it is understandable that you or someone you know is probably immediately affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Within DCDL, a staff member, researching help for their own loved one, was looking into books and resources that would be helpful as a caregiver. Upon further research, they discovered other helpful tools like conversation cards, reminisce cards, dexterity and painting activities, and Table Topics, questions to start great conversations. Thanks to our own staff member, this collection was created and can now be a helpful resource to all Delaware Library patrons.
Books in the collection offer action steps to create care plans, scientific explanations of memory loss and dementia in layman’s terms, and more. Conversation cards are a benefit to the person experiencing symptoms as well as friends and family of all ages – providing a truly inter-generational experience.
To learn more about the collection and reserve something click the button below. If you’d like more resources, bookmark our Memory Care page or stop by one of our locations and speak with a librarian to point you to trusted websites, apps and more. We’re always glad you asked.
The Delaware County District Library serves as the public information provider for our community, using traditional and innovative technology to encourage curiosity, free inquiry, and lifelong learning in a friendly environment.