A memory walk of The People's Republic gallery, Museum of Liverpool © Gareth Jones
Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action, and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.
More than 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and 700,000 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.
Museums can be fantastic resources to help unlock memories, improve communication and understanding, and enrich the lives of those living with dementia. 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 and internationally.
To mark Dementia Action Week, we have lots of free, memory-based events and activities that families, their loved ones and older visitors can get involved with at the Museum of Liverpool.
Pictured l-r – From the National Heritage Board (Singapore) – Ms Amanda Chan, Senior Manager, (Silver Hubs, Heritage Institutions), Ms Chang Hwee Nee, Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Alvin Tan, Deputy Chief Executive (Policy and Community); as well as Ms Carol Rogers, Director of Engagement, National Museums Liverpool, Ms Mei-kwei Barker, Director of the British Council Singapore, HE Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner to Singapore, and Dr Sarah Meisch, Director of Arts and Creative Industries at the British Council Singapore. Image © British Council.
29 April 2019 marked a wonderful, historic moment for House of Memories, in helping us to support more people living with dementia, their families and caregivers internationally. On this day, National Museums Liverpool signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The British Council and National Heritage Board (NHB) to develop our House of Memories museum-led dementia awareness training programme, in Singapore.
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.
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.
Image: Showcasing a completed memory tree © National Museums Liverpool
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
We’ve put together five reasons why creating a memory tree poster is a great activity to mark World Alzheimer’s Month.
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.
National Museums Liverpool to launch House of Memories in the US to help Americans to live well with dementia
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.
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.
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.
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.