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
“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
Growing Support turns underused care home gardens into bustling hubs of community activity and thriving growing spaces.
There are 400,000 older people living in care, most of whom have dementia. Studies show residents of care homes spend most of their time doing nothing and are twice as likely to feel lonely as people living in the community. And yet working in care homes, particularly with people with dementia, is one of the least popular forms of volunteering.
Growing Support delivers volunteer led, social and therapeutic gardening activities. This means we run weekly gardening clubs, mostly in care home gardens, where people with dementia are enabled to grow their own food, exercise vital muscle groups, enjoy sensory stimulation, socialise and develop a renewed sense of purpose and achievement.
Our work increases the involvement of the community in care and provides a sustainable solution to loneliness, social isolation and inactivity experienced by people with dementia.
Find out more –www.growingsupport.co.uk
Working with elderly and frail people and people living with dementia in Portsmouth, using the arts to create positivity and confidence.
Using mime, music, monologues, improvisation and forum theatre, we engage and communicate using drama as a tool. Using their words we then take their stories back to our creative team, where they deliver a beautifully illustrated booklet.
Red Sauce also film their sessions for our casts to view, creating a performance and a Theatre Therapy Workshop they can keep.
Find out more – www.redsaucetheatre.co.uk
Brightshadow’s mission is to enable people with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive.
We use creativity and performance to celebrate the present moment and create opportunities for people with dementia to express themselves, interact with others and take part in meaningful activity.
We do this through delivering Zest workshops which use a variety of performance activities such as song, movement, music, story making, puppetry and other sensory stimuli. Zest workshops are carefully designed and delivered to take participants on a creative journey to a different place or space.
Find out more – ww.brightshadow.org.uk
Started in 2007, Living Words is a pioneering arts charity which improves quality of life for people experiencing dementia in care homes and positively transforms attitudes to older people with the condition.
We also aim to influence public perception of dementia through performance, publishing and public speaking.
The Living Creative Workshop Series offers carers and all other staff members a series of 3 workshops which take place during a residency and aims to embed what is learned into staff’s daily practice:
1) Living Care – introduction of mindfulness, silence and reflection; introduction of creative listening techniques; and the use of experiential drama exercises that focus on their clients needs.
2) Living Activity – the shared experience as core to all activities; meditation poems; working with the Living Words Word Books – devising personal projects to embed the books in daily practice. This involves buddying with colleagues for peer support.
3) Living Forward – continuation of personal project; group discussion of ‘shared experience’ activities; a return to personal reflection.
‘You have taught us to listen. We now hear what our residents are saying. This helps our care plans. Thank you.’ – care home manager.
Their publications and performances have reached people who know about dementia and those who do not:
”Crackpot’ was deeply moving. My perceptions fell away piece by piece.’ – audience feedback
Find out more at – www.livingwords.org.uk