Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, your Plano Public Library offers monthly conversational workshops to explore and conserve memories.

Memory Keepers

Memory Keepers is a monthly session at Haggard Library where those experiencing early stage dementia and a family member or care partner can share memories through guided prompts in a relaxing space. Memory Keepers meets monthly on the second Wednesday from 10-11:30 am.

Each month has a different theme, and attendees are encouraged to bring in personal items (photographs, letters, knickknacks) that go along with the theme. We provide questions and images that go with the theme, but their personal items may elicit a stronger response from their loved one. The idea behind Memory Keepers is that the people can talk about the topic, and the care partner can write down what is said, essentially capturing the memory.

We provide pen and paper, but we suggest that people bring something they can record with – most smartphones come pre-loaded with a recording app. These audio files can be saved in the cloud or downloaded to a flash drive, preserving not only the memory but the sound of the person’s voice. 

The spring 2020 themes are:

  • February 12, Romance/First Loves
  • March 11, Meals
  • April 8, Home
  • May 13, Travel

If you’re interested in attending Memory Keepers, call 800-272-3900 to sign up, though walk-ins are welcome.

Alzheimer’s Association Workshop

If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a workshop, Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, on Friday, February 28 at 9:30 am at Schimelpfenig Library. Examine what happens in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s and learn about risk factors, plus three general stages of the disease.

Memory Cafe with the Wellness Center

The Wellness Center at the Sam Johnson Recreation Center in Plano hosts a Memory Cafe targeted at the same audience as Memory Keepers. It meets the second Tuesday of every month from 10-11:30 am. No registration nor membership to the SJC are required to attend the Memory Cafe.

From our collection

The physical Plano Public Library collection has a wealth of scientific titles and memoirs about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including books on the care of a loved one, nutrition for brain health and how to create memories. See our Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia collection in our online catalog to place requests on these titles.

You can also explore our online databases to learn more about memory care and Alzheimer’s disease. You will need your library card to access these resources:

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