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RYW Dementia

2 adults reading in a libraryThe books included on this Read Yourself Well : Books on Prescription list, have been selected by a team of mental health professionals working with the reading agency. This book list is shared by all the library authorities in the UK who are running the scheme.

A PDF copy of the booklist is available to download at the bottom of the page.

You can provide feedback using the freepost feedback cards at our libraries or using the online surveys.


Normal ageing and memory problems

Introduction to the Psychology of Ageing for Non-specialists by Ian Stuart-Hamilton ·

Coping with Memory Problems by Sallie Baxendale

About Dementia

Alzheimer’s: Answers at your Fingertips by Alex Bailey

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias by Nori Graham and James Warner

ABC of Dementia by Bernard Coope and Felicity Richards

About Dementia: For People with Learning Disabilities by Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk and Michelle Christmas

For Children

Grandma by Jessica Shepherd

Living well with Dementia

First Steps to Living with Dementia by Simon Atkins 

Dementia Positive by John Killick

Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers by Bernie McCarthy

Activities to share

Chocolate Rain: 100 Ideas for a Creative Approach to Activities in Dementia Care by Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris 

Pictures to Share series (various titles)In the Garden in pictures by pictures to share:
Beside the Seaside in Pictures
Childhood Days in Pictures 
The Countryside in Pictures 
Family Life in Pictures 
A Funny Old World in Pictures 
In the Garden in Pictures 
Pets in Pictures 
Proverbs and Sayings 
Shopping in Pictures 
A Sporting Life in Pictures 
Travelling in Pictures 
A World of Work in Pictures 
Women’s Work in Pictures

Support for relatives and carers

When Someone You Love Has Dementia by Susan Elliot-Wright

And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia by Graham Stokes 

Can I Tell You about Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers by Jude Welton 

Dementia: Support for Family and Friends by Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson 

10 Helpful Hints for Carers: Practical Solutions for Carers Living with People with Dementia by June Andrews 

Seeing Beyond Dementia: A Handbook for Carers with English as a Second Language by Rita Salomon

Personal Stories

Dancing With Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia by Christine Bryden 

Dear Dementia: The Laughter and the Tears by Ian Donaghy 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova 

Losing Clive to Younger Onset Dementia: One Family’s Story by Helen Beaumont 

Telling Tales About Dementia: Experiences of Caring by Lucy Whitman 

The Little Girl in the Radiator: Mum, Alzheimer’s and Me by Martin Slevin 

But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia by Chris Carling

Download the book list

The book list is also available in PDF format Reading well Dementia (pdf 32KB). To use this file, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have it on your computer, please use our advice page.


Alzheimer's society call the Alzheimer's society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122

Dementia UK

Young Dementia UK - to help people whose lives are affected by young onset dementia

DEEP the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project

Medway Dementia Action Alliance

Other useful websites can be found at Library links