DEMENTIA sufferers and their families on Wearside will be able to call on help at their nearest library.
Twenty five books on coping with the illness are now available in city libraries, while patients can also be signposted through GPs as part of the national Books on Prescription scheme, later this year.
All of the titles have been recommended by health experts, as well as people with experience of dementia themselves, or living with or caring for someone with the disease.
The list includes books offering information and advice about dementia and normal ageing, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts, and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities. More than 3,400 people are estimated to be living with dementia in Sunderland today.
Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, said: “While it’s important that anyone who has been diagnosed seeks appropriate help and support, reading about other people’s experiences of the same condition can be a real help, as can the kind of practical information and advice contained in these books.”