Government ministers will today (26th January) launch a scheme to provide books for people with dementia via public libraries.
The initiative is part of the Books on Prescription library scheme that offers support for people with mental health conditions. From February, GPs and health professionals will be able to recommend a selection of 25 approved books for people with dementia or their carers.
The list of titles will be revealed this afternoon at the official launch at the Wellcome Trust in London by Normal Lamb, minister of state for care and support, and Ed Vaizey, minister of state for culture and the digital economy.
“Dementia can be devastating and it’s vital people have as much information as possible so that they can live well with the condition,” said Lamb. “This is a fantastic project which has already helped thousands of people with mental health conditions and I hope the new dementia scheme will be just as successful in giving people and their families access to valuable information and support.”
"Reading Well; Books on Prescription for Dementia" will cost UK taxpayers around £1 per person so is a “cost-effective way of delivering community-based dementia care and support”, said the organisers.
The scheme was put together by The Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians and local library services, with funding from Arts Council England, and is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, The British Psychological Society, Carers UK, Dementia UK, Innovations in Dementia, National Association of Primary Care, NHS England (IAPT), Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The first Books on Prescription scheme launched in June 2013 to help people with anxiety and depression.