By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes
We all forget things from time to time, such as misplacing your keys or the name of the person you just met. Some decline in memory and other thinking skills are a common part of aging. However, memory loss that disrupts your daily life can be a cause for concern.
If you’re having memory problems, talk to your health care provider for a diagnosis and care plan, but know that there are many things you can do to combat memory loss. Below is a list of books and upcoming events that offer information, tools, and resources related to memory loss.
Check out these titles
Attend these programs
Art & Nostalgia Series
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, Main Library Small Meeting Room. Come learn and express yourself in a series of workshops from Slowfire Oak Park designed to spark memory and spur narrative. You're invited to attend any or all sessions.
- July 6: Narrative Collage. Register now »
- July 13: Mixed Media Story Quilts. Register now »
- July 20: Watercolor Landscape. Register now »
- July 27: Abstract Fauvist Paintings. Register now »
Resiliency & Coping Strategies for Dementia Caregivers
Thursday, July 14, 1-2 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Join us in a two-part series oriented around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caregiver support, presented by a representative from Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. A Q&A session will follow each discussion. Part 2 is designed to increase awareness about the situation dementia caregivers in the U.S. face. Learn skills for resiliency, self-care, and coping when caring for someone with dementia. All caregivers, family members, and loved ones are encouraged to attend. Register now »
VIRTUAL: Memory Cafe
Tuesday, July 19, 2-3:30 pm, virtually through Oak Park Public Library. Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect through conversation and enjoyable activities, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library. Register now »
Explore these online resources
Get access to subscription-based resources that Google can’t offer, with your Oak Park card and PIN:
- Consumer Health Complete: Content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.
- Legal Information Reference Center: Legal forms and full-text legal reference books on popular topics.
Rose is an Adult Services Librarian specializing in health and senior services. She is a passionate reader, baker, and explorer who is always planning her next adventure.