On April 11, Angela Meyers of the Bridges Library System in Waukesha, WI and I presented a webinar to about 30 dementia friendly communities across the country under the auspices of the national Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative. The webinar, entitled “Developing a Dementia Friendly Partnership with Your Public Library”, has been archived and is available for free viewing. You will be asked to provide your name and email address.
As your community strives to become dementia friendly, an important resource to include in the planning process is your local public library. In addition to offering educational and informational programming about dementia to caregivers and the general public, libraries contain a wealth of materials that can be used to directly stimulate and engage people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. In this webinar, presenters will describe innovative programs that libraries across the country have developed, with a special emphasis on the Tales & Travel Memories book and reading program and the Library Memory Project’s memory cafes. Tips will also be provided on how to begin a conversation with librarians to enlist their participation.