Library teams up with local Alzheimer Society

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

At the County of Prince Edward Public Library, we rely on our community partners to help us offer a wider slate of programs than would otherwise be possible.

One partner, the Alzheimer Society, approached us about offering a series of brain health programs at the Wellington Branch this summer and you’re welcome to join in. The Alzheimer Society provides free education, referral, advocacy and support to families, friends, caregivers and persons with memory loss.

Facilitated by Jennifer Loner, Public Education Co-ordinator, the brain health series welcomes anyone interested in learning more. Whether someone you love has dementia, you work in a public space where you may encounter people with dementia or you’re facing it yourself, there are things you can learn to help you.

The series will feature a new topic each week.

On Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. learn about how brains work and in relation to dementia, risks, and the services the Alzheimer Society offers.

Join Jennifer Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. to learn about Dementia Friendly Communities. A Dementia Friendly community is a place where people with dementia are understood and respected, supported and included and living healthy active lives in the community. All staff at the library took this training recently and found it extremely helpful to learn tips that anyone can do to make our community safer and more welcoming.

On Tuesday, August 9 at 10 a.m., learn how to help someone who is lost or confused, what to look for, what to say and what to do. If you work in a public environment or even just encounter someone on the street, it’s so helpful to know how to handle a situation where you encounter someone who may be lost or disoriented to make the situation simpler.

Learn about brain health on Tuesday, August 16 at 10 a.m. Just like exercising your body, there are exercises and tasks you can do to keep your brain healthy. If you are interested in more information, contact Jennifer at (613) 962-0892 or by email: Jennifer.Loner@alzheimerhpe.ca.

UPCOMING EVENT: Al Purdy, as one of Canada’s most beloved poets, has inspired several generations of writers. Pastiche involves writing in the style of another poet to understand how their poems work. Over a three-hour workshop led John Barton, a 2022 Al Purdy A-Frame Fellow, participants will learn about pastiche and other forms of literary tribute, including the cento, glosa, and remix, and will write a poem in the style of or in tribute to Al Purdy. Space is limited! Monday, July 18 at 1 p.m.

Register at peclibrary.org

-Liz Zylstra