‘Pictures to Share’ now in Warwickshire

‘Pictures to Share’ is a set of 12 illustrated books that help communicate with people with mid to late stage dementia. The books only feature pictures that are simple, clear and mostly colourful, with no confusing backgrounds or content that is difficult to interpret.

The Books are focused on subjects such as childhood, gardening and travelling and can be used with individuals or groups in reminiscence activities or to prompt discussion.

Warwickshire County Council, in partnership with Public Health Warwickshire and Warwickshire Libraries, ran a pilot of using those books with people with dementia for 3 months (December 2013 – March 2014), at three local care settings. The aim of this project was to find out if use of the books had any impact on engagement and communication with people with dementia, and how it improved overall levels of their wellbeing, if at all.

The pilot was successful and proved that using the books contributes to creating a number of benefits, such as:
• Stimulating reminiscence
• Improving mood
• Generating interest / grabbing attention
• Stimulating imagination and creating life-stories
• Stimulating conversation and engagement
• Improving relationship with family, friends or care setting staff

Here are some quotations received from people who used the books during Warwickshire’s pilot:

M. went straight for this book. It brought back memories of her being by the sea.

J. couldn’t say in words. But his expression showed he really enjoyed this book.

It is usually very difficult to get H.’s attention. She absolutely loved this book. It managed to hold her attention for quite some time. Reminiscing about dogs that she feels passionate about.

I was able to engage S. in further reminiscence conversation which I felt we both benefited from.

As a result of this project, we have now secured extra copies of the Pictures to Share Books’ sets available for loan through Warwickshire libraries.

A number of sets of all the 12 titles will also be available to lend on a longer term basis to a range of care settings supporting people with dementia as off end of September 2014.

This new offer will be promoted as part of World Alzheimer’s Month this September, and to launch the availability of the books and to highlight the benefits of using Pictures to Share a number of events will be held at the following four libraries:

Leamington Library, 24th September
Nuneaton Library, 24th September
Rugby Library, 25th September
Alcester Library, 25th September

To find out more about Pictures to Share launch in Warwickshire please email dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

More details on Pictures to Share Books can be found on the following website: http://picturestoshare.co.uk/

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