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Our national Dementia Australia Librarians, Michelle and Stroma, pride themselves on finding the best resource for each library user and their individual circumstances.
Michelle says one of the best parts of the job is knowing people from all across Australia are able to access the service.
“It’s very rewarding to get to know people all over Australia and be able to support them with information throughout their whole journey, watching them grow and learn and seeing their warmth and humour as they deal with very difficult situations.
“Give us a ring or send an email and we can discuss what resources may help you.
“Sometimes it’s the stuff you didn’t know about that fills the gap, sometimes it’s just nice to chat to someone who gets it.”
Library users include people living with dementia, their family, friends and carers, as well as aged and health care professionals.
Available resources include books (hard copy and ebooks), DVDs and articles. Users can take resources out themselves or contact one of the librarians for support to find the right resource.
Content is regularly added to the collection from experts from across the world as well as first-person accounts from people with a lived experience of dementia.
To make the collection as accessible as possible, users can take the resources out at any time online or request to have resources posted.
Some of the comments from library users have included:
“This is a fabulous resource I am so grateful for all this information. Thank you it will really help”
“Thank you so much again for all your time in the past, it was incredibly appreciated & valued 🙏.”
“Your high-quality work surprises and impresses me every time. Thank you so much for your help”
“Thanks for all the books and videos you selected and sent to me, they were a support and a source of hope at times. It’s not over but I feel I know most of what I need to know…”
For more information about the national Dementia Australia Library, please visit www.dementia.org.au/library or call 1800 100 500.