Welcome to the living map of ageing innovators from the Nesta Health Lab, a quick guide to some of the most exciting things happening in the world of ageing at the moment. Have a read below or find the examples most relevant to you by clicking on the keywords to the right.
There are over 100 examples up now. You can add more here so it continues to be a thriving map of what works.
Dementia Citizens is a new project that aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens can help you:
- find new activities that you can enjoy with family and friends, using your smartphone or tablet
- take part in dementia research studies and help us understand more about dementia care
- learn new ways of living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia
Find out more – www.dementiacitizens.org
My Life Films creates free film packages for people living with dementia. The films tell the life story of an individual person with dementia in an upbeat and positive way. We celebrate their personality and achievements, shifting the focus away from their illness. Each digital film package is custom-made using images and video from family archives, interviews with close family and friends, and favourite music. The films combine traditional reminiscence and music therapy techniques with digital technology in a unique way. Our film packages are used to improve the wellbeing and social care of people living with dementia.
Find out more – www.mylifefilms.org
My Own Memory Lane is a tool designed to assist the memory-impaired with remembering loved ones and significant memories. If you are the caregiver of someone who lives with a memory-impacting form of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, we offer hosting of a custom website using images and captions that you provide.
Find out more – www.myownmemorylane.com
How do you explain dementia to a six year old? The Ally Bally Bee Project is on a mission to make such difficult conversations a little easier with a personalised children’s book about dementia.
Imagine being able to explain “granny’s dementia” to your child with a book that features both of them as the main characters. From names and appearances to certain behavioural traits (after all, dementia affects everyone differently) – Ally Bally Bee plan to allow for such customisation through an interactive website. Simply create the story online then click to have it delivered to your door!
Find out more –www.allyballybee.org
Storii enables families to store memories, both for themselves and for their loved ones in care.
The web platform is used by both carers in care homes and families around the world.
Storii provides –
- Family members with peace of mind that their loved ones are being well cared for, by keeping them informed of their day to day activities.
- A platform to capture those 5 minutes of clarity that someone with memory loss can experience.
- A simple digital life story platform that crosses generations.
Find out more: www.storii.com
“Beautiful clothes, designed to make dressing easier”
Arthritis, stroke or general impacts of ageing can all make dressing a challenge. Lifting your arms above your shoulders to get clothes over your head, bending down to pull trousers or skirts up and fiddly fastenings can be particularly difficult.
The Able Label is a new innovative clothing company addressing such challenges. Founder Katie Ellis, previously a fashion buyer for popular high street retailer White Stuff, was inspired to create the collection having seen first-hand the difficulties her grandmother with Parkinson’s faced.
The ‘desirable and dress-able’ clothes use quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and colour-coordinated internals to make dressing quicker, easier and safer. Yet when they’re worn, no one would ever know they were adapted… it’s our secret!
Find out more – www.theablelabel.com
Canary is a discreet, easy to install monitoring and notification system that provides round the clock reassurance to family members whilst allowing the older or vulnerable person to stay in the home they love.
Canary respects the privacy of people who need care and support so does not use cameras so no-one can be seen or heard.
The Canary system does not require an internet connection where it is installed, and family members/carers log-in to their own website portal to view the information about their loved ones.
Find out more: www.canarycare.co.uk
National charity Contact the Elderly aims to alleviate the loneliness of isolated older people aged 75 and over, who live alone. Supported by a network of volunteer drivers, hosts and coordinators, the charity organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties in local communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
One of Contact the Elderly’s biggest challenges is reaching those who are completely cut off from society and therefore most in need of our support.
Find out more: www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk
The History Project is where life stories are told better and the moments that matter are preserved into meaningful narratives. The platform empowers individuals, families and groups to connect artifacts and memories across media to build powerful experiential stories that transcend generations.
The company, backed by investors including The New York Times and The Associated Press, is changing how life stories are told.
Find out more: www.thehistoryproject.com