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Library offering dementia-friendly 'Yesteryear Kits'

Kits are available to check out at the Park Rapids Area Library.

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"School days" is one of the themes of yesteryear kits available for checkout at the Park Rapids Area Library. (Submitted photo courtesy of the Kitchigami Regional Library System)

The Park Rapids Area Library is offering Yesteryear Kits, designed to aid people experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

According to a library press release, each theme-based kit contains items for the caregiver and loved ones to use together as well as resources specially selected for the caregiver. Items are selected to spark memories, start conversations and lead to positive engagement for people experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Photos, music, games and memorabilia can trigger memories and create a bridge to help caregivers and loved ones connect, the release says. Research shows that talking about their lives can help people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia reduce stress and improve quality of life.

To start, the kits’ themes will include school days of yesteryear, movie stars of yesteryear, farm life, fun and games. Coming soon are kits on flowers and gardening and the Bible and gospel music.

A member of the ACTION Park Rapids “dementia friendly community” action team, the library hopes to support the area’s aging community by making the kits available for checkout. Funding for the project is made possible by the Park Rapids Friends of the Library.

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For more information, contact Mary Niklaus at 218-732-4966 or parkrapids@krls.org.

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