Dementia books & resources

The following is a list of recommended books and resources about dementia. The Location(s) available column shows where these books are available, eg, from your local Christchurch City Library (CCL) and/or from the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC).

Books can be reserved online and checked out by visiting CCL or MHERC. If a book is not available, a librarian may be able to suggest another book or place a hold on a book. To borrow or place a hold on a book, you must be a member of the library. MHERC can post books and other resources out to its users, including those living in rural areas, and will include a post-paid bag for returning books. Once read, books need to be returned to the library.

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Cover
Title & Author
Description
Year
Location(s) available

Shopping in Pictures

By Helen Bate

Year: 2009

A unique range of books that are specifically designed for people that have dementia. This range is used when traditional books are no longer suitable and are ideal for sharing with carers. A high quality book with powerful pictures and a range of large print texts that tap into readers’ memories and emotions, encouraging meaningful communication with family, friends and carers.

2009

Location

CCL

In the Garden in pictures

By Helen Bate

Year: 2008

A unique range of books that are specifically designed for people that have dementia. This range is used when traditional books are no longer suitable and are ideal for sharing with carers. A high quality book with powerful pictures and a range of large print texts that tap into readers memories and emotions, encouraging meaningful communication with family, friends and carers.

2008

Location

CCL

SL

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

By Marguerite Manteau-Rao

 (CCL & SL)

Year: 2018

A compassionate guide that offers an effective mindfulness-based dementia care (MBDC) program to help you meet your own needs and lower stress levels while caring for your loved one.

2018

Location

CCL

SL

The Memory Activity Book

By Helen Lambert

Year: 2018

From physical activities to crafts and puzzles, The Memory Activity Book provides those with memory loss and their carers with ideas, tools and guidance. There are two sections for each activity: one that a person with dementia or memory loss themselves can safely engage and interact with; and another for relatives, friends, and carers, which includes added guidance and information on possible reactions and intended benefits.

2018

Location

CCL

SL

Spending Time Outside

By Helen Bate

Year: 2016

A unique range of books that are specifically designed for people that have dementia. This range is used when traditional books are no longer suitable and are ideal for sharing with carers. A high quality book with powerful pictures and a range of large print texts that tap into readers’ memories and emotions, encouraging meaningful communication with family, friends and carers.

2016

Location

CCL

SL

Live and Laugh with Dementia

By L F Low

Year: 2014

Worldwide, over 45 million people suffer with dementia. ‘Live and Laugh with Dementia’ explains how to make life with dementia as positive as possible. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can help them to maintain their self-identity, slow the decline of mental function, and experience happiness.

2014

Location

CCL