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Books prescribed to help tackle dementia

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A series of books have been launched to help fight against dementia in Wales.

The collection of books will be free to borrow via public libraries, aimed at fostering a better understanding of the disease.

They include information and advice for people living with the condition and their carers, or anyone worried about their memory. There will also be fiction, memoir and photographic books used in reminiscence therapy.

The books have been endorsed by health professionals and will be available in Welsh.

Clinical psychologist and author, Professor Neil Frude, says books can be more reassuring for those living with dementia.

All the books are written by professional experts or those who have experience of living with dementia. People living with dementia don’t necessarily use the internet, so books can be more reassuring and accessible to them.

It’s important to have the same information for both those that speak Welsh and English. Welsh people living with dementia may find it easier and more comfortable to speak in their first language.

– Professor Neil Frude

Reading Well has been delivered in England since 2013 and has already reached 778,000 people. The project in Wales is being funded by the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government’s dementia action plan outlines our priorities for action in achieving a dementia friendly nation and is supported by an additional £10m investment. The Reading Well scheme will help people understand and manage their own health and wellbeing using self-help interventions. Our dementia action plan also recognises the importance of people receiving care and support in their preferred language, so it is very important that these books are also available in Welsh.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary

The programme is delivered by The Reading Agency. More information can be found here.