The West Bend Community Memorial Library’s Dementia Resource Center has recently added easy reading options to its resources. These items are specially designed with large print and colorful pictures to make reading more accessible to a person living with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. The format and presentation of the reading material has been adjusted to be more accessible for those living with cognitive changes. People living with dementia, even in later stages, seem to enjoy looking at pictures in books, and may respond to the sound of a loved one's voice while reading. These types of items will now be available for checkout. The library has also added activity items, including games and puzzles for use in the library. These activities are specifically designed for people living with dementia.
The library’s Dementia Resource Center was created in 2017 in order to provide dementia-related educational and engaging materials for an ever-growing population of people living with dementia and their care partners, family and friends as well as the general public. There are around 100 items that are available for use in the library or for check out. This resource center also serves as an access point to local dementia-related community resources by providing general information and flyers on upcoming programs. The library has been a strong partner with Washington County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Al zheimer’s Association. The library hosts a Memory Café, memory screenings and educational programs. The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting Community Forums throughout the state of Wisconsin. The library will be the host site of a Washington County forum from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 5. A community forum provides an opportunity to ask questions about the disease, learn about resources, and discover how to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The valuable community feedback will help the Association better identify needs and gaps in resources and opportunities. The Dementia Resource Center is on the adult side on the first floor along the south windows (look for the purple).
If you have questions or suggestions on the Dementia Resource Center, please call Nancy Larson at 262335-5151 ext. 5241. If you have questions about the Memory Café or the memory screenings, please call Tammy Dickman 262-3354497. If you have questions about the Alzheimer’s Community Forum or would like additional information on Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, please call Sarah Prohuska at 800-272-3900.