Archives, museums and art can play an important role in supporting programmes aimed to stimulate memories and engagement of Persons with Dementia and their carers, providing sources for reminiscence-based as well as with other psychosocial intervention methods.
The Museum for Life Stories is part of the retirement home Hof Speicher in Switzerland. The museum was an idea by Artist Hans Ruedi Fricker. Together with the staff of the retirement home they collect the life stories of its residents and locals – ordinary people of all education and social background.
Created by National Museums Liverpool, House of Memories is a museum-led dementia awareness programme which offers training, access to resources, and museum-based activities to enable carers to provide person-centred care for people living with dementia.
Den Gamle By (The Old Town) is a museum in Aarhus, Denmark with an entire apartment straight out of the 1950s.
The museum programme “Album” is intended for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The programme was designed in collaboration with the Typhlological, Ethnographic and Technical Museum from Croatia
The “MoMA Alzheimer’s Project – Meet Me at MoMA” was a special initiative in the Museum’s Department of Education. The initiative took place from 2007 to 2014: during this time, MoMA staff expanded on the success of the Museum’s existing education programmes for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners through the development of training resources intended for use by arts and health professionals on how to make art accessible to people with dementia using MoMA’s teaching methodologies and approach.
This particular art-making practice is based on the fact that the celebration of Easter has held an important role in Greek traditions and social life throughout the years and is something that can spark pleasant memories and feelings in elders.