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.
1. Create a memory tree
A memory tree is a great way of collecting a person’s memories, and can be used to start engage with the person you care for.
The process of creating a memory tree is as important as the end result, as you talk and share memories together. The tree can also be used to display key things about the person, such as their likes and dislikes.
A memory tree poster is available to buy from the House of Memories online shop.
2. Meet me at the museum
Meet me at the museum is a regular, free drop in taking place at National Museums Liverpool’s museums and galleries.
Older people can come along to the museum for a nostalgic look at items from the past, using simple objects to prompt conversations and the sharing of memories.
There’s no need to book, so just drop in with a friend, loved one, or feel free to come alone.
3. Create a memory box
Creating a memory box with a loved one can be an enjoyable pastime. Memory boxes contain objects that help reflect and recall past experiences.
You can create your own memory box at home, or you can buy nostalgia packs or a ready made memory box from the House of Memories shop.
4. My House of Memories app
The My House of Memories app is another way you can share memories together.
The app has pictures of objects from the past, brought to live with music and video. It can be used by anyone, but has been designed by and for people living with dementia and their carers.
You can create a virtual memory tree or memory box, saving your favourite objects for later.
5. Memory walk
A memory walk is a dementia-friendly guided visit to the Museum of Liverpool.
Explore the past as you take a gentle stroll around the museum, stopping to share memories as you go.
Memory walks are free to attend. Check the Museum of Liverpool’s ‘what’s on’ to find out when the next walk is coming up.
You can also find out more about House of Memories activities and resources on the website.