Gunnedah Library Lines: Dementia Awareness Month

September is Dementia Awareness Month, and if you would like to do something for your brain health and help fend off dementia or Alzheimer’s, come along to Brain Training @ the Library.

Don’t be intimidated by the title – it’s a small, relaxed and friendly group of people who have a great time doing activities that stimulate different areas of the brain. Number puzzles, word games, mazes, join the dots, and spot the difference are only some of the timed activities on offer. There are still places in the morning session on Mondays from 10.30am to 11.30am, and for the afternoon sessions, also on Mondays, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

There’s morning or afternoon tea, and computers are also available for online jigsaws, which are great fun!

You don’t have to be a member of the library to take part in Brain Training, but if you are a member, it means that you can take out one – or more – of the 17,000 odd titles of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, talking books, large-print books, or paperback books that the library holds, including books on brain health.

Some brain health books at the library include: Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein; You Can Have an Amazing Memory: Learn Life-changing Techniques and Tips from the Memory Maestro by Dominic O’Brien, The Memory Workbook by Mark Channon, How Intelligent are You? by Victor Serebriakoff, and Brain Power: The 12-week Mental Training Programme by Marilyn Vos Savant and Leonore Fleischer.

Also available at the library are several community art colouring-in books that can be borrowed and you can colour-in as much or as little as you wish. If you are wondering how colouring-in aids brain health and wellbeing, it’s a skill that ticks many of the boxes – decision making, pattern recognition, fine motor skills, and creativity. 

So do your brain a favour, and visit the library in September and see what we have to offer!