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Each January, Canadians celebrate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. During this month, the Alzheimer Society of Canada encourages you to learn more about dementia and its impact on Canadians. This year’s theme is that the Alzheimer Society is the first place to turn for support, community, knowledge, and expertise. The Barrie Public Library supports Alzheimer’s awareness through sharing stories and providing resources to those in need of cognitive support.  

Reads for Alzheimer’s Awareness  

Explore our collection of books that share stories of lived experiences, caregiving, and more to gain deeper insights into the challenges, resilience, and supports associated with dementia:  

My Father's Brain: Life in the Shadow of Alzheimer's by Sandeep Jauhar  

In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom  

The Seasons of my Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers by Marcia Gay Harden 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias by Amy Newmark and Angela Timashenka Geiger  

Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End by Tia Powell, MD 

Be With: Letters to a Caregiver by Mike Barnes  

The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias by Nancy L. Mace, MA and Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH  

A Loving Approach to Dementia Care by Laura Wayman  

Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias 

New Every Day: Navigating Alzheimer's with Grace and Compassion by Dave Meurer 


Cognitive Care Kits 

In partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Cognitive Care Kits are available through our Library of Things collection. The kits are for those living with dementia or those in need of cognitive support. Each kit is designed to promote cognitive function through games, puzzles, memory activities, and sensory supports.  

For to learn more about the kits and how to borrow them, visit our Cognitive Care Kits page.  


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