Studies have shown that loneliness increases the risk and severity of dementia. Unfortunately, the condition can too often lead to social isolation. But your library can help.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library Vision Statement reads, “DBRL strives to be at the heart of the community, a trusted resource and partner known for excellence, creativity and open, equitable access, connecting every person to opportunities for a lifetime of discovery, learning and joy.” Nobody ages out of library services, and the goal of access for everyone continues with changing life circumstances, including a diagnosis of dementia.
To this purpose, DBRL hosts a “Memory Café” program each month. It’s a judgment-free event where participants with dementia, along with care partners, can experience a social outing in a safe, comfortable environment. Most importantly, it provides an opportunity to connect with others who are facing similar challenges. Each session includes a different focus and set of activities. At our August program, for example, we played pool noodle baseball with balloons and created “trading cards” with photos of attendees for a take-home keepsake.
Our next “Memory Café” will be Thursday, September 14, 10-11:30 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Columbia Public Library. The theme is “Let’s Make Music,” and we’re excited that Scott Denson, the Accordion Guy, will be here to lead us in nostalgic sing-along songs. We’ll also have other music-related activities. Please register in advance.
The next month, on Tuesday, October 24, we’ll be creating simple and fun “Cozy Crafts.” All materials will be supplied. Attendees only need to bring themselves. This will once again be in the Columbia Friends Room, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
If you or a loved one has dementia, you are warmly welcomed here. Please come join us for the fun.