MPL provides Dementia Care Kits

The senior population in Markham is growing, as it is across Canada.

From coast to coast, there are over 500,000 people experiencing dementia today, with a projected 912,000 to have dementia by 2030.

When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can be a life-changing event. Taking care of someone with dementia can be challenging at many times as they experience a decline in cognitive ability and memory.

This is why Markham Public Library (MPL) has added a collection of Dementia Care Kits which are designed to stimulate the brain of those with dementia and help them retain their cognitive abilities.

“We are proud to add dementia kits to the programs and services we offer our older adult community,” said Catherine Biss, CEO of Markham Public Library.  “These kits provide activities that are enjoyable and stimulating while also providing families or caregivers with opportunities for connection and positive interaction with those who are living with dementia.”

Each kit comes with a unique set of activities such as books, games, DVDs or puzzles to help caregivers engage their loved ones while helping them to exercise their brain.

Customers can place a hold online or pick them up at the following branches: Markham Village, Unionville or Thornhill. There are currently over 20 different kits available in the collection, and since its launch in early October, they have been circulating very well. Customers can borrow up to three kits at a time for six weeks with one renewal.

Dementia Care Kits support both MPL’s Older Adult Strategy as well as the Inclusion Strategy by providing a curated collection that focuses on adults experiencing cognitive decline. It expands the lending collection with accessibility tools and inclusive content for those with print and other disabilities.

MPL conducted thorough research on what is available in Markham, at other libraries and across the country. The library team wanted to make sure that they offer something for every age range, interest and ability. MPL also consulted with Alzheimer’s York Region on the name of the kits and the language and tips used in the guides that come with each kit.

Through this unique collection, MPL hopes to support those with dementia and their caregivers in the Markham community.

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