North Yorkshire libraries launch dementia support book collection

Libraries across North Yorkshire have added a book collection to help families living with dementia.

The books, put together by the Reading Agency, provide information, advice and personal stories on the syndrome.

Much of the collection is aimed at the younger generation to help them understand what family members may be going through.

North Yorkshire Council said it wanted to "challenge the stigma" of dementia with its new project.

The collection includes children's stories such as Elmer and the Gift, which is about caring for elderly family members.

It also includes biographies, such as Unforgettable by rugby player Steve Thompson, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia in his early 40s.

'Challenging the stigma'

There are also books on techniques to slow and delay the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Executive member for libraries, Councillor Simon Myers said: "Sadly dementia is a very common condition, so our aim is to help improve the lives and communities of those living with it.

"Our library service is committed to helping as many people as possible learn more about the condition and challenging the stigma."

Mr Myers added that the books were chosen by experts and the council had worked with dementia charities and organisations to spread the word of the new resources.

A launch event was held on Friday to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week.

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