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Workshops to support dementia carers

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TWO workshops will be held this week for carers of people who have dementia.

The workshops, called House of Memories, take place on Wednesday 2 November at New Walk Museum.

They will introduce basic knowledge about different forms of dementia, before looking at the challenges that are typically faced by people with dementia and their families.

The workshops will then demonstrate how museum resources and artefacts can support people living with dementia, by reminding them of shared history and life experiences.

These resources include the House of Memories app, a free digital memory resource, and ‘memory boxes’ – collections of objects from the recent past designed to trigger memories. Five memory boxes are currently held by Leicester’s museums service, and are available on free loan to care homes and groups.

Objects selected for the memory boxes include Fairy household soap in its original packaging, a 1970s Bunty annual, wooden laundry tongs, LPs and a Mastermind peg game. The idea is to evoke memories of similar items that might have been owned by people borrowing the boxes.

The House of Memories training programme has been developed by National Museums Liverpool and is supported by the Department of Health. The programme uses museums’ collections to help provide dementia awareness training for care professionals, and to support people living with dementia, their carers and their families.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who chairs the city’s health and wellbeing board, said: “We know that triggering memories can be really beneficial to people with dementia, and our museum memory boxes have already proved a useful resource.

“We recently announced our intention to become a dementia-friendly city by looking at ways in which we can change both the urban environment and people’s actions to better support people with dementia and their families. This training is an important part of that aim.”

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, assistant city mayor responsible for heritage, leisure, culture and sports, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with National Museums Liverpool again on this project. It’s great that our museums’ collections can be used in a such an important and beneficial way, to support local people who are living with dementia, their families and their carers.”

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