A blog from Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors:
You may already be aware, that we at National Museums Liverpool
have been working very hard over the past three years to develop our dementia awareness training programme – House of Memories
It’s a project the team and I are incredibly proud to be part of, relating to a subject which sadly many people around the world are affected by today.
Dementia is a universal issue, and something that touches all walks of life. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is set to rise to 1 million by 2025. We have to do everything we can to help and support these people and those who are caring for them, and that’s where House of Memories comes in.
We believe, that finding the person within, is key to unlocking memories and inspiring conversation, which is particularly poignant during the festive period.
Today we are launching the #AMemoryShared
campaign, to raise awareness of sharing memories with our friends, families and those we care for, so that they are never forgotten.
A person living with dementia may have trouble being in the here and now, but often they have memories tucked away at the back of their minds that, when unlocked, can lead to incredibly emotive connections and conversations.
The My House of Memories app
that we’ve developed alongside people living with dementia is all about connecting people and enabling families and carers to continue building relationships. The objects included in the app from our own social history collections, and our partners in the South East, are relevant to people everywhere. The objects act as prompts to unlock people’s own collections of memories, which can stimulate conversation, and create special moments and shared memories between parents, sons and daughters, carers and the people living with dementia they care for. It's available through the Itunes Store or Google play so please do give it a try.
We want to spread the message far and wide this Christmas that it’s an ideal time to sit down with someone you love or care for to have a chat, create a special moment and share some memories to help enrich the lives of people living with dementia.
Please share your stories, memories and special moments with us on @house_memories
using the hashtag #AMemoryShared