Dementia Citizens

DCDementia 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

my life filmsMy 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

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My Own Memory Lane

my own memory laneMy 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

twitter – @MyOwnMemoryLane

The History Project

History ProjectThe 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

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Unforgettable

unforgettableUnforgettable aims to improve the lives of those living with memory loss and dementia by bringing together specially selected products together with practical advice and a supportive and sharing community.

The company was founded through personal experience and passion to help people live well with dementia. The aim is to build the marketplace of dementia products and services specifically selected to address the daily challenges of those affected by dementia.

Find out more – www.unforgettable.org

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Helix Arts – Falling on your Feet

Helix Arts“Falling on your Feet” is a dance programme for over 65s designed to counter social isolation and a fear of falling to reduce admissions to hospitals and care homes in the long term.

Participants co-choreograph a piece of work over three months with a practising artist in a neighbourhood centre. They have fun, get fit – and it’s all for free thanks to an innovation grant from Newcastle/Gateshead CCG NHS.

“Falling on your Feet” is a Helix Arts production with choreographer Nadia Iftkhar.

Northumbria University is supporting Helix Arts programme evaluation.

Find out more – www.helixarts.com

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Growing Support

Growing SupportGrowing 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

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Responsive Interactive Advocate (RITA)

RitaRITA is a package of solutions aimed at disrupting the current delivery of health and social care for older adults, providing a personalised, interactive care system, controlled by the user. RITA (Responsive InTeractive Advocate) is a computer software-based advocacy and companion service that brings together three elements: a 3D virtual avatar and conversational agent; an ‘essence’ repository for storage and organisation of various forms of information pertaining to the user; and an empathetic communication system that is capable of understanding and responding to the psychological, social and emotional needs of the individual user.

Find out more – www.rita.me.uk

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Equal Arts

Equal artsEqual Arts is a creative ageing charity providing creative opportunities for older people.

Working with a team of artists the charity runs a number of projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of those living with dementia and older people.

They also train care setting staff and artists about the benefits creative care can have for residents.

Equal Arts projects include:

Find out more – www.equalarts.org.uk

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