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Memory kits now available at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library now has Memory Kits available to our patrons. Memory Kits are bags filled with activities for caregivers to do with seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The kits also include a book on dementia that caregivers may read to help gain insight on memory loss. The new Memory Kits have eight different themes in total: Going Out, In the Garden, At Home, Animals, Favorite Things, The Beach, Transportation, and The Tool Shed. The themed kits provide seniors with a snapshot of the past and encourage conversations. Each kit utilizes the senses with brightly colored pictures, easy and engaging activities, fun and exciting games or puzzles that stimulate memory, and music that highlights moments in life.

Dementia is one of the leading causes of dependency and mental impairment among the senior population. You may personally know someone who has dementia. Although this diagnosis can be scary, it is important to understand that you are not alone. Millions of individuals and their family members suffer from conditions which cause symptoms of dementia. In fact, 7.7 million new cases of dementia are diagnosed every year, with 47.5 million people living with dementia worldwide. As the population increases, these numbers are expected rise. To put this into perspective, it is estimated that one out of every six women and one out of every 10 men, living past the age of 55 will develop dementia. After the age of 85, it is estimated that between 25 and 50 percent of seniors display symptoms of dementia, more specifically Alzheimer’s disease.

For seniors coping with dementia, one of the greatest frustrations is the inability to do those activities they once enjoyed. Activities and hobbies that used to come easily to them now feel difficult. Memories of these activities can be fuzzy or even lost. This can be disheartening to those suffering from dementia, as well as their caregivers. Caregivers are often at a loss on how to engage family members with memory loss. Using our Memory Kits, caregivers now have planned activities to do with seniors who have dementia. It is important for seniors with dementia to feel like they are having fun and successful in their activities, even if the game or activity is not completed. Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Memory Kits allow seniors to do just that.

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month. Lewy Body Dementia or LBD is the second-most common cause of neurodegenerative dementia, which had affected actor Robin Williams, and currently affects nearly 1.4 million Americans and their families. Memory Kits will be displayed at the Tiffin-Seneca Pubic Library’s display area near the information desk during of the month of October. Then, the kits will be housed at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library’s Large Print Book collection, on the bottom of the first row of shelves. Look for the clear totes with red handles. Memory Kits may be checked out at the Circulation Desk for three weeks at a time. For more information, please contact Beth Gottfried, Extension and Outreach Manager, at (419) 447-3751, ext. 113, visit our website www.tiffinsenecalibrary.org, or stop in and inquire at the information desk.

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