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Dementia Awareness Week – Book Collections in Libraries

Dementia Awareness Week takes place between the 14th and 20th May and is an Alzheimer’s Society Initiative. 

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia recommends
books you might find useful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.

The books are free to reserve and can be borrowed for up to 6 weeks. Browse and reserve the books for free here

Check them out on Pinterest here

Reminiscence kits and packs are available to borrow from the library for free, just like a book. The Reminiscence Kits contain
books and objects linked to a theme and are designed for working with individuals at various stages of memory loss.

Browse and reserve the Reminiscence Kits on the library
catalogue here

Find out more about Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia on the Reading Well website here

Check out our Healthy Libraries catalogue here


The Secret of Orchard Cottage by Alex Brown

The Secret of Orchard CottageI really enjoyed reading this story. Partly because I grew up in a cottage, we only had two apple trees rather than an orchard though, but mainly because it is a well written interesting story.

It’s set in a small village of Tindledale, with the cottage being well hidden & difficult to find.

There is plenty of humour as the story unfolds, but sadness also.

Themes include grief, loss, love, guilt, single-parenting, step-parenting, dementia, world war 2, all woven into a family story spanning generations.

I couldn’t put it down once I’d started, needed to know what happened to all the characters. I sympathised with them, laughed and cried with them too. They are so well characterised that I could see them in my mind.

I’m not going to tell you what the secret is, you must read the book to find out!


Reserve The Secret of Orchard Cottage

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

night guestTense & mysterious tale of the relationship between Ruth, elderly and increasingly frail,  and her vigorous, earthy carer, Frida.

Ruth is disturbed at night by the strong impression of a tiger, prowling around her beach bungalow in Australia. She is reassured in the morning by the convenient arrival of a Government-sent carer.

We can’t help but suspect all is not as it seems…


Reserve a copy.

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