New ticket is launched to help those with dementia


BOOK lovers across Bognor Regis with dementia will still be able to read their favourite novels.

A library ticket has been launched to enable those with the condition to relax about borrowing items.

The memory management library card will identify people with dementia who are taking out and returning items.

It was launched at a dementia awareness day at a Bognor Regis Library last Thursday. It is believed to be the first in the region.

Community librarian Felicity Masters said: “We identified the card as a need.

“People with dementia want to be able to continue to use the library for as long as they can without running up high charges because they have forgotten to return books.

“It should also make it easier for them to use the self-service machines.”

The ticket will enable holders to borrow talking books for free.

“Hopefully, this will mean many more people can continue to use the library independently,” she said.

Tim Wilkins, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The ticket is a wonderful idea to encourage those with dementia to continue to come and use the library without any concerns about bringing back books late.

“It will make a big difference to their lives. We want them to be part of the libraries.”

Details about how to apply for the ticket are available from library staff.

The awareness day brought together a range of groups to provide information and support. As well as the Alzheimer’s Society, those present included the Arun Wellbeing Hub, Crossroads Care and St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

The event followed one held last April. Ms Master said: “It has gone really well. We’ve had a steady stream of people coming along.”