Connecting people with Dementia! This is yet another great way libraries go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities. Australia’s Newcastle Libraries has launched a new program tailored to assist people living with dementia, their families and carers, designed to foster conversation and connection.

Two older people in a library chatting. Demonstrating a trusted place for people to go

The Memory Room uses images and items from the Local History collection to evoke memories and encourage participants to share stories and laughter.

Material and resources are now available to view online and download for free at home, while one-hour, face-to-face sessions facilitated by certified local art therapist, are offered fortnightly from today. 

Manager Libraries and Learning Suzie Gately said one of the Memory Room program’s aims was to provide meaningful opportunities for connection while reducing social isolation and breaking down the stigma associated with dementia. 

“Dementia affects close to half a million Australians, a number which is set to double in the next 25 years,” Ms Gately said. 

“A single photograph can elicit powerful memories that allow us to open up with loved ones and share stories of our past. The Memory Room encourages discussion in a friendly and supportive environment, helping to strengthen and maintain a sense of connection with others.” 

A sad older lady with glasses. How libraries can help with programming on dementia and loneliness


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