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'Highland Memories' supports people living with dementia in Highland


A selection of objects from Highland museums

A selection of objects from 'Highland Memories' featured within the My House of Memories app. 

Over the past year House of Memories has been working with the Highland Museums Forum – a network of independent museums and visitor attractions that span the Highland’s 31,000 square kilometres of moors, mountains, towns and villages.

Dawn Carroll, Relationship Programme Manager for House of Memories tells us more: "You may remember that we took the House of Memories dementia awareness training day to Inverness in February 2018 to kick start our ‘Highland Memories’ project. Since then our colleagues at High Life Highland have been gathering objects and material from across the forum members to add to the My House of Memories app.

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Tags:  House of Memories , National Museums Liverpool , High Life Highland , Highland Museums Forum , Museums Galleries Scotland , My House of Memories app , dementia


Minnesota memories


Images from objects on the US package of the My House of Memories app

Image: Images of some of the objects from a US package on the My House of Memories app © MNHS

You may have heard about the My House of Memories app, which we co-created with and for people living with dementia as a conversational tool. The app is bit like a mini-museum in your pocket which is filled with everyday objects from the past, brought to life with sound effects and evocative music. 

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Tags:  house of memories , dementia , Minnesota Historical Society , app , My House of Memories app


Barnett Waddingham staff volunteers carry out House of Memories activity in the community


Eight Barnett Waddingham staff volunteers standing in front of the House of Memories logo at the Museum of Liverpool

 

Image: Staff volunteers from Barnett Waddingham's Liverpool office at the Museum of Liverpool

As part of their ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility, Barnett Waddingham staff have recently given their time to support people living with dementia using House of Memories resources.

The team of eight staff volunteers from the Liverpool office hosted a tea party at the Museum of Liverpool, inviting a group from Everton in the Community to participate in House of Memories activities.

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Tags:  House of Memories , memory box , memory tree , My House of Memories app , Community


National Museums Liverpool to launch House of Memories in the US to help Americans to live well with dementia


Exploring the My House of Memories app Image courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Image: Exploring the My House of Memories app, courtesy Minnesota Historical Society  

National Museums Liverpool is delighted to partner with the Minnesota Historical Society, to launch the US version of our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme on 24 September 2018, to help Americans to live well with dementia.

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Tags:  house of memories , My House of Memories app , Minnesota Historical Society , dementia , World Alzheimer's Month , US , Minnesota , dementia awareness , National Museums Liverpool


House of Memories brings a 'Sense of Summer' to local care home residents


From left to right - Care home resident, Moira O'Shaughnessy, Partner at FPC, Martina Barr from James Dixon Court and Emma Riley, House of Memories Marketing Officer stand in the garden of James Dixon Court with a basket of reminiscence gardening-themed items

From left to right - A resident at James Dixon Court, Moira O'Shaughnessy, Partner at FPC, Martina Barr, Service Manager from James Dixon Court and Emma Riley, House of Memories Marketing Officer. Image courtesy Sefton New Directions.

For the summer of 2018, House of Memories has developed a new range of seasonal ‘Sense of Summer’ memory baskets to enable carers and people living with dementia to enjoy sharing summer time memories together, and to stimulate communication about the past.

The items in the ‘Sense of Summer’ memory baskets have been inspired by the great outdoors in the summertime, bringing together items related to gardening, home-grown produce and summer picnics.

Inside the baskets, there are objects for reminiscence, garden-themed activities, and information about planning gardening and outdoors projects to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.

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Tags:  sense of summer , house of memories , summertime , memory basket , dementia , gardening , therapeutic , outdoors , dementia-friendly pledge , liverpool city region , halton , knowsley , sefton , st helens , wirral


House of Memories in the Scottish Highlands


Image: Display from High Life Highland © National Museums Liverpool 

In early June, House of Memories packed its bags and travelled north to Inverness to deliver its first ever dementia awareness training session in Scotland.

National Museums Liverpool worked closely with High Life Highland and members of the Highland Museums Forum to take the innovative programme to Scotland to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week (4-10 June 2018). The project is funded by High Life Highland, Museums Galleries Scotland and Brabners LLP. 

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Tags:  house of memories , community , High Life Highland , Scotland , My House of Memories app , Museums Galleries Scotland , Alzheimer Scotland , Connecting Carers , Centre for Health Science


Share personal memories with new 'My Memories' app feature


Person living with dementia using the My House of Memories app with a carer

My House of Memories app has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers.

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.

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Tags:  app , dementia , house of memories , memories , museum of liverpool


House of Memories’ ‘elves’ spread a little Christmas joy


Blackler's giant Santa at the Museum of Liverpool overlooks two of Santa's elves carrying House of Memories Christmas-themed memory boxes

Blackler’s giant Santa at the Museum of Liverpool keeps a watching eye over ‘honorary elf’ Bernice Blundell, Partner at FPC and a House of Memories elf.

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.

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House of Memories’ award-winning support for carers


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.

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House of Memories' 5th birthday!


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).

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Tags:  community , house of memories , memories , museum of liverpool