Libraries are a hub for thriving communities, inviting people of all backgrounds and ages to connect and pursue lifelong learning. As a neutral, safe, public location, libraries are ideal for hosting dementia-friendly educational services and support programs. Dementia-friendly libraries around the country now host memory cafes, support groups, Dementia Friends training, and even memory screenings for residents. Offering resources for people with dementia and their caregivers a recommended reading list, or activity buckets, can engage and stimulate an individual experiencing memory loss.
When working with a person with dementia, library employees might notice behaviors common for people with cognitive impairment such as appearing lost, having difficulty reading, or misplacing items. If you are concerned with the safety or general well-being of a library visitor, please contact your local authorities.
Dementia Friendly Library Resources