‘House of Memories’ – the perfect lasting Christmas gift.

This Christmas I would like to share the #AMemoryShared campaign, to raise awareness in the value, the sharing of memories with our friends, families and those loved ones we care for can be.

Please, take some time to spread the message far and wide this Christmas; an ideal time to sit down with someone you love and care for, to have a chat, and create a special moment, sharing some memories to help enrich their lives and the lives of people close to them.

Shared memories are important to us all, especially at Christmas time, a time of coming together, a time of breaking down barriers and opening up our hearts and homes to friends and family.

Using the @house_memories app to help people reminisce and dissolve the feelings of loneliness can certainly be an aid in this journey.

‘House of Memories’ began as a dementia awareness training programme in 2012, and has to date trained 10,000 carers across the country.

The programme now includes the ‘My House of Friends App’, a FREE digital memory resource for iPads and other tablets.

It is the first of its kind in the world and has been co-created by people living with dementia and their carers.

Supported by LJMU, researchers have created a compilation of valuable visual historical images using resource banks at the Liverpool Museum, ranging from the Blitz to the Swinging Sixties.

This magical cocktail of pictures, relays and triggers human interest emotions in the brain cells and activates excitement and empathy with the viewers “times past” experiences.

The more the visual stimulation with these experiences, the more the delayed onset of dementia and mental illness.
This constant recall, plus the added bonus of social interaction with the app, creates an all round winner in combating the illness.

Having used this, easy to use device on a number of occasions with ageing relatives, I can well vouch for todays brilliant use of digital technology in helping stave off loneliness and dementia.

It’s an easy, practical no nonsense gadget that can be handled quite easily both in home and about town.

A magnificent present for anyone!
‘House of Memories’
Contact: Communications Manager at National Museums Liverpool
0151 478 4615

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