DULUTH, MN — The Duluth Public Library and Dementia Friendly Duluth have started a new partnership.
Officials say the partnership is vital to the city’s goal of becoming more friendly and supportive to community members and care partners living with dementia.
The Duluth Library will sponsor the following dementia friendly events:
- Dementia training for select library staff
- Creating and distributing memory kits, which are intended to provide resources and stimulate conversation or reminiscence with a person with cognitive issues. The kits will include a collection of resources and items which allow users an opportunity to gather resources and engage in meaningful activity and conversation about their life experiences with the items. The kits will be available at all library branches Monday, April 22.
- A showing of the documentary “Alive Inside”, followed by a panel discussion at the Mount Royale Branch at 6 p.m. April 29.
- Dementia training for Home Delivery Library Volunteers at the downtown branch on May 21.
There will also be community education held at the downtown branch from 12-1 p.m. May 14, which will cover the understanding of Alzheimer’s impact, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as stage and risk factors, current research, and treatments available for some symptoms.