New library kits aid those with memory-related issues

Staff report
Posted 2/3/19

Douglas County Libraries has added memory-care kits to its collection of nontraditional items that library cardholders can check out. The self-contained kits include books, DVDs, puzzles, games and …

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New library kits aid those with memory-related issues

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Douglas County Libraries has added memory-care kits to its collection of nontraditional items that library cardholders can check out. The self-contained kits include books, DVDs, puzzles, games and more to engage individuals with memory-related issues and their caregivers.

Memory care is an important issue across the country. According to the Alzheimer's Association's 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, “Millions of Americans have Alzheimer's or other dementias. As the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's or other dementias will grow. This number will escalate rapidly in coming years, as the population of Americans age 65 and older is projected to grow from 53 million in 2018 to 88 million by 2050.”

In Douglas County specifically, 11.1 percent of the population, or 38,469 residents, is age 65 or older. (Source: DemographicsNOW database, Mature Market comparison report 2018A, as of Jan. 31, 2019).

“The memory care kits are designed to trigger special memories of life experiences and encourage positive interactions between those affected by memory issues and their caregivers,” Douglas County Libraries' Operations Director Sheila Kerber said in a news release.

The kits include an assortment of books, DVDs, books on CD and hands-on activities such as puzzles and games that can help spark conversations and make reminiscing fun, despite any age or generational gaps that might otherwise make communication difficult between caregivers and those with memory issues.

Books for caregivers are also included in the kits.

Each memory-care kit is self-contained within a sturdy canvas bag and can be checked out for three weeks at a time. The kits are a free resource available through the library's holds service.

For more information, visit DCL.org or call 303-791-7323.

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