A couple share memories together at House of Memories’ fifth birthday © Gareth Jones
21 – 27 May is Dementia Action Week. Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to come together and take actions big or small to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many face the condition alone and are excluded from society. More than 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and 670,000 are acting as primary carers.
We stand together with Alzheimer’s Society in their determination to create a dementia-friendly UK where people with dementia are included and supported to live the lives they want.
Our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme has provided training and resources to more than 12,000 health and social care professionals and families across the UK.
Has your life been touched by dementia? The House of Memories team has just released a brand new ‘My Memories’ feature as part of the My House of Memories app, which enables users to upload their own photographs and add memories.
‘My Memories’ is really easy to use. Simply upload a selection of your favourite photographs, and a photo display can be played back with a choice of accompanying music, courtesy of Liverpool Philharmonic.
This December, National Museums Liverpool’s House of Memories team will be delivering a special gift to people living with dementia across the North West.
Last week, dressed as Santa’s helpers, the team set up an ‘elves workshop’ to pack and wrap festive Memory boxes to send out to care homes and their residents.
Earlier this month our House of Memories dementia awareness programme scooped an award at the Liverpool Older People’s Awards.
House of Memories received an award for the family and friends workshops which take place monthly at the Museum of Liverpool, and we are delighted that the programme was recognised in the Outstanding Older Person Initiative category.
The free workshops are open to anyone whose life has been touched by dementia.
Last week we celebrated House of Memories’ 5th birthday!
We’re delighted that our dementia awareness programme has been running for over five years. During this time we’ve trained over 11,500 paid and family carers across the UK to help people to live well with dementia.
To celebrate we held a birthday party at the Museum of Liverpool – a special celebration afternoon for carers who have taken part in House of Memories, and their VIPS (the people they care for living with dementia).
September 2017 is World Alzheimer’s Month, a campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Here at National Museums Liverpool our House of Memories dementia awareness programme enables carers, family and friends to provide person-centred support for people living with dementia.
To mark World Alzheimer’s Month we’ve complied five House of Memories activities to do with a loved one during September and all year round.
Through our House of Memories dementia awareness programme we aim to show people how to deliver a positive quality of life experience for people living with dementia.
There are thought to be more than 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia, each person with their own individual story, background, relationships, and care requirements.
As part of our memory suitcase loan service you can borrow a suitcase filled with images and objects to help you deliver a reminiscence session with someone living with dementia. By recognising that each person has an individual story we felt it was vitally important to offer a range of suitcases to reflect different experiences and lives lived.
We’re incredibly excited that our House of Memories – Dementia Awareness for Family Carers film has been shortlisted for the Museums in Short Awards (in partnership with ICOM Italia and the European Museum Academy).
The Museums in Short Awards is an international contest for short videos and aims to share the most effective and innovative works in the field of museum communication and visitor experience.
Our video is up for the Public Special Mention Award and the Museums in Short Award.
Wouldn’t it be great if more older people could get involved in arts and culture as a means to leading happier, more fulfilled lives? In 2014, we created a network called HOP, which does just that.
HOP actually stands for Happy Older People, and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Joining forces with LightNight organisers Open Culture, we’ve produced and developed a network of organisations with the aim of finding new ways of working together to engage local older people in arts and culture.
We want to encourage other local organisations across the Liverpool City Region to apply for a new wave of funding we have available, to help older people feel less isolated through the enjoyment of arts and culture, meeting new people and learning new skills.
At National Museums Liverpool we’re delighted to be able to offer another free half-day dementia awareness workshop for family carers, taking place on 20 June at the Museum of Liverpool.
House of Memories is National Museums Liverpool’s award-winning dementia awareness training programme, providing both professionals and family carers with practical skills and resources to support people to live well with dementia.