Memory Collection – Books for people living with memory loss

To coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, 18 – 24 May, we are launching a Memory Collection.

The Memory Collection is made up of illustrated books specially designed for people with memory loss, their relatives and carers to share together.

The collection is designed for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, but can also be enjoyed by everyone.

The books contain vibrant pictures and simple text on a range of familiar topics including pets, holidays, and the garden.

The majority of books in the Memory Collection at present are produced by Pictures to Share, a social enterprise set up to develop books for people with dementia. Visit to find out more. Pictures to Share have produced a leaflet to explain how to get the most from their books. Please ask for a copy at the library desk if not available on display.

Memory Collection Books

The Countryside – for anyone with a love of nature and the countryside; pictures of woods, mountains, lanes, animals

Pets – shows the special bond between people and all pets

A World of Work, Women’s Work – celebrates the lives of working people; a reminder of the years spent earning a living

Travelling – reminds the reader about the joy of holidays

Family Life – takes a look at the traditional family, including children, parents, grandparents, uncles and the family dog

Beside the Seaside – relive happy holidays at the seaside

A Sporting Life – popular sports from football to pigeon racing, golf to ice dancing

A Funny Old World – pictures to raise a smile

In the Garden – life in the garden; flowers, vegetables, hot summer days, playing in the snow

Shopping – like a walk down the high street or a visit to the market

Childhood Days – babies, school, and playing with friends

Proverbs and Sayings – a reminder of traditional proverbs

Memory Collection Books, DVDs, Photocards

Work and Leisure DVD two 12 minute films, one about the world of work and one about holidays and leisure

Childhood DVD one 15 minute film about childhood with music and sound effects

Many Happy Returns – photocards of the 1940s

Chatterbox – photocards of the 1950s

Books for Carers

We also have a wide selection of books for carers of people living with dementia, examples include:

  • Book Therapy in Dementia Care, Helen Bate, 2010, 616.83
  • Dementia Positive, Mark Killick, 2013, 616.83
  • Keeping Mum: caring for someone with dementia, Marianne Talbot, 2011, 362.1968
  • When Someone You Love Has Dementia, Susan Elliot-Wright, 2010, 362.196

Useful Organisations

Dementia Care Matters
Alzheimer’s Society– also has links to local services such as Chepstow Singing for the Brain
Monmouthshire Carers Project

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