Dementia Awareness Week 14 - 20 May
We have lots of resources to help inform and support those living with and those living around dementia.
Books about dementia
Buckinghamshire Libraries maintain a collection of adult and children's books which support people with dementia and their carers by raising awareness and increasing understanding of the condition.
The books in this collection can be reserved both online and in any Buckinghamshire Library. You can also collect your reservations from any Buckinghamshire Library.
Reminiscence - borrow objects to aid memories
The Reminiscence Collection can help families and carers to remember the past and share experiences. Items are available to anybody with a library card and are suitable for a wide range of uses. From giant board games to suitcases of memorabilia to activities to encourage use of fine motor skills the reminiscence collection is a very special resource available to you to borrow for free with your library card.
Buckinghamshire Libraries are supporting the Dementia Friendly Communities Project and are helping to support 4 communities in Buckingham, Burnham, Great Missenden, Stokenchurch. More libraries are becoming part of Dementia Friendly Communities very soon.
What's on in libraries for Dementia Awareness Week
Wed 26 Apr
Reminiscence Coffee Afternoon
Join us for an afternoon of reminiscence about the 1950s and Dementia Awareness sessions
Amersham Library | 1:30pm to 5pm
Tuesday 16 May
Dementia Awareness Day
Chat to representatives of local services Become a Dementia Friend (session at 12noon), Armchair Exercises taster sessions. Free refreshments.
Buckingham Library | 10am to 1pm
Dementia Friends Coffee Morning
A friendly meeting for family and friends of people with dementia for support, information and a chat over a cup of coffee.
Hazlemere Library | 10:30am to 11:30am
Wednesday 17 May
Launch of Aylesbury Town Dementia Action Alliance
During Dementia Awareness Week Aylesbury Library will be hosting the launch of the Aylesbury Town Dementia Action Alliance.
Aylesbury Library | 10am to 3pm
Tuesday 16 May - Sunday 20 May
Dementia Awareness Week at High Wycombe Library
Information and Support
The Foyer will feature leaflets from the Alzheimer’s Society and other organizations along with books and items from the Buckinghamshire Library Reminiscence Collection.
Take a trip in time
Travel back in time by taking one of our 50s and 60s themed lifts.
Share your memories
Our photo display and Memory Board is on the 1st Floor. It’s designed to spark conversation and memories. You are invited to share your memories and join in the conversation by picking up a "Share Your Memory" leaflet. Jot down your memory from the 50s, 60s or 70s, hand it to a member of staff and we’ll pin it to our Memory Board.
Coffee Morning and displays
On the 2nd floor, our display cabinets will feature memorabilia from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Drop in to the Local History Room and let our volunteers show you how to view pictures of "old Buckinghamshire" and archived copies of the Bucks Free Press.
On Wednesday 17th, we are hosting a Coffee Morning from 10-11am, when Library Volunteer Les Deighton shares his memories followed by a gentle mental workout (word-search and quiz).
High Wycombe Library | 10am to 4pm
Make a Twiddlemuff
Do you knit? Have you heard of Twiddlemuffs?
Twiddlemuffs are a knitted hand muff with interesting bits and bobs attached inside and out.
They have been designed and developed to provide simple stimulation for active hands, while promoting increased flexibility and brain stimulation. Many people with dementia have found the Twiddlemuff reassuring and comforting.
Many of our Knit and Natter groups in Buckinghamshire Libraries have been knitting them. Buckingham Library's Knit and Natter group meets every Thursday and knit twiddlemuffs - some of which have gone to Milton Keynes hospital and some have been given out to customers and their friends or relatives.