Group reads its way to bet­ter health

Oldham Advertiser - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia are tak­ing part in a na­tional read­ing scheme to im­prove their health.

The Read­ing Well’s Books on Pre­scrip­tion scheme gives pa­tients and their car­ers ac­cess to a host of self-help books.

A read­ing list of 25 rec­om­mended ti­tles is now avail­able in Old­ham’s li­braries.

Coun Jenny Har­ri­son, cabi­net mem­ber for so­cial care and public health, said: “Our li­braries al­ready host many ses­sions to help the health and well­be­ing of res­i­dents through­out the year and they are well-placed to of­fer sup­port, in­for­ma­tion and wel­com­ing space.

“We found an area of con­cern from peo­ple with de­men­tia and their car­ers was the lack of in­for­ma­tion they re­ceive.

“Along with the lo­cal Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, we have in­vested in new li­brary books about de­men­tia. The Books on Pre­scrip­tion list gives peo­ple a wide range of books to choose from to help them un­der­stand more about the con­di­tion and how to live well with de­men­tia.”

●● Mem­bers of the Spring­board de­men­tia sup­port group with some books

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