Libraries Launch New Program for People with Memory Loss

Memory Care kit on a table, with bag, books

Wake County Public Libraries staff are rolling out a new, free program to enhance interactions between people experiencing memory loss and those who care for them.

WCPL’s Memory Care Kits are designed to spark memories, create conversation and provide positive, engaging interactions. Librarians hope people with cognitive impairment, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions and their caregivers can enjoy spending time together without worrying about completing a specific task or activity.

“This is another great example of how our local libraries are working hard to serve all members of our community,” said Wake County Commissioner Maria Cervania. “These unique kits can stimulate the senses and create very special moments for people who are going through challenging times in their lives.” 

Each kit includes a folder with activities, a small set of colored pencils and six books – three for the caregiver and three for the person experiencing memory issues. Kits are available on 20 topics, including everything from the 1940s and 1950s to science and sports. There’s also an online guide with digital resources, a calendar of upcoming programs, suggested activities and more.

People can reserve kits online and pick them up any of Wake County’s public libraries. Staff ask that reservations be placed at least one week in advance to make sure supplies are available. Kits can be checked out for six weeks. 

Learn more about the kits and make your reservation here.

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