As part of the Dementia Friendly Kiama Project, Kiama Library now has a Dementia Collection modelled on the Community Law Resources of the State Library of NSW.
The Collection aims to support people living with dementia to live a healthy and full life with dignity. It also provides resources for family and friends to learn more about the disease and how they can support the person living with dementia to have the best possible outcome.
Amongst the collection are biographies and cook books, and even children’s books that explain what is happening to an older member of the family. Titles include Living With Dementia, Don’t Give Me Eggs That Bounce, Maintain Your Brain and Who Will I Be When I Die? by Christine Bryden. Christine was only 46 when she was diagnosed with dementia in 1995. She has since become a leading Dementia advocate.
The Collection is available at Kiama and Gerringong libraries, as well as Kiama Community Centre and Blue Haven Residential Facility. The collections held at the latter two venues have titles specifically aimed at people directly supporting someone with dementia.
Development of the Dementia Collection has been supported by a grant from the IRT Foundation Community Grants Program. The Library will add to the Collection over time and welcomes recommendations. There are also help sheets and brochures to take home.