Your article: Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia

Pocklington Library.
Pocklington Library.

Libraries in Pocklington, Market Weighton and surrounding villages are taking part in a reading scheme to support people with dementia and their carers.

The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme for dementia will enable GPs and other health professionals to recommend helpful reading from a list of books available to borrow free from libraries, including Pocklington’s, on Railway Street, Market Weighton’s, on Beverley Road, and libraries in Stamford Bridge and South Cave.

The scheme provides accredited reading and book-based support for people with dementia and their carers. It provides information and advice, is helpful in raising public awareness of the causes and symptoms of the condition and can help to create a dementia-friendly community. The scheme is endorsed by leading health partners and has some funding from Arts Council England.

Councillor Jonathan Owen, deputy leader of East Riding Council and chairman of the East Riding health and wellbeing board, said: “I am delighted that East Riding libraries are taking part in this initiative.

“There are 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia, but less than half of people with dementia have a diagnosis or are in contact with relevant services. I hope that this scheme can help to support our residents by helping people to understand more about the condition and provide useful information and advice.”

Pocklington Library and other East Riding libraries already have Reading Well sections with ‘books on prescription’ for other mental health conditions. The books provide information and step by step self-help techniques for understanding and managing the condition. The books may be recommended by a GP and are also available for anyone to borrow.

There is a section of ‘Reading Well - Mood Boosting Books’. This is a national promotion of uplifting titles including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are not all about medical matters but have been recommended by people diagnosed with cancer who found them ‘mood-boosting’ during or after treatment. ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’ by Rachel Joyce, ‘Travels with My Aunt’ by Graham Greene, ‘Restless’ by William Boyd, ‘Chocolat’ by Joanne Harris and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ by Deborah Moggach are all on the list with many more.

Everyone’s reading tastes differ so if you have a recommendation to add to the list you can email moodboosting@readingagency.org.uk or mention it at the library.

For those who are not already members, it is very easy to join the library by showing some form of ID. There is no joining fee, books are free to borrow or reserve, there are reading groups and the staff are always very helpful.

For more information about Reading Well Books on Prescription, visit www.readingagency.org.uk