Toolkits help create special moments for local Alzheimer's sufferers

Special kits to encourage reminiscing in Alzheimer’s patients are available to check out from the Cambridge Public Library.

Cambridge Public Library is excited to introduce Reminiscence Toolkits to its collection for people looking to create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The kits are tote boxes filled with themed items people can touch, taste, see, smell and hear – senses that may help generate stories, unlock fond memories and engage the brain.

Six kits are available with themes including knitting and sewing, fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, and outdoors and handyman tools.

The Reminiscence Toolkits can be checked out for three weeks and must be returned during open hours to any East Central Regional Library branch.

In 2016, Cambridge Public Library received a grant from the Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer’s group to purchase resources on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, caregiving and brain health. The goal: to increase awareness and provide support information for a dementia-friendly community.

The six new Reminiscence Kits will complement the resources previously purchased with the grant funds (books, audiobooks, DVDs and Brain Fitness Kits), already well-used in this dementia-friendly community. The kits were developed by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, a not-for-profit organization out of Effingham, Illinois.

For more information about this new opportunity, drop by the library at 244 S. Birch St. in downtown Cambridge or ask for the Cambridge branch when calling (763) 689-7390.

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