Join us for Dementia Action Week at National Museums Liverpool
A couple share memories together at House of Memories’ fifth birthday © Gareth Jones
21 – 27 May is Dementia Action Week. Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to come together and take actions big or small to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many face the condition alone and are excluded from society. More than 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK and 670,000 are acting as primary carers.
We stand together with Alzheimer’s Society in their determination to create a dementia-friendly UK where people with dementia are included and supported to live the lives they want.
Our award-winning House of Memories dementia awareness programme has provided training and resources to more than 12,000 health and social care professionals and families across the UK.
Carol Rogers, Executive Director of Education and Visitors at National Museums Liverpool said: “A visit to a museum or art gallery can unlock so many memories, inspired by the objects and artwork on display, but in addition to that, we passionately believe in the power of museums to change lives. House of Memories offers resources to inform practice, transform relationships and enhance the wellbeing of people living with dementia, and their carers.”
To mark Dementia Action Week, we have lots of free, memory-based events and activities that families and their loved ones can get involved with at the Museum of Liverpool.
A memory walk of The People's Republic gallery at the Museum of Liverpool © Gareth Jones
On Tuesday 22 May, enjoy images centred on a Liverpool theme from Liverpool's past in 'Remember when...?' from 11am-12.30pm or 1.30-3pm. Drop-in to ‘Liverpool memories’ in the Atrium from 11am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm to handle reminiscence objects and photographs, chat to the education team about stories told in the Museum, and leave a favourite memory on our memory tree. Take a stroll around the Museum on our Memory walk at 2pm and explore stories and objects about Liverpool’s history like Blacklers’ rocking horse or days out at New Brighton.
Family carers receive support at our dementia awareness workshop © Gareth Jones
On Thursday 24 May, National Memory Day, families, friends and community volunteers caring for loved ones with dementia can come to our free dementia awareness workshop. It’s an introduction to dementia, to understand the experience of living with dementia, and being a carer, through powerful videos which tell stories based on the real lives of people living with dementia. You can find out about the resources and dementia-friendly museum activities we can provide to support you and your loved ones, build positive meaningful relationships, try out our My House of Memories app and share your experiences with other family carers. Book your free places for you and up to two other people on our website today, to help make a difference to your life as a carer and the life of the person you care for. The workshops run monthly with dates also in June, July, August and September.
If you are a professional carer, working in health and social care you can book up to five free places for our dementia awareness training sessions in July, August and September.
On Friday 25 May, join us for Meet Me at the Museum at World Museum at 11am for a nostalgic look back, themed on technology with our friendly visitor hosts, with time to enjoy a lovely cuppa and make new friends.
The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks are hosting a ‘Dementia Together Day’. House of Memories will be celebrating its work, and sharing how we are supporting people to live well with dementia, as part of a series of presentations with partners from across the city region.
Financial Planning Corporation (FPC) is supporting us to launch a series of summer-themed picnic baskets of memories to residential care homes, and staff volunteers at Barnett Waddingham’s offices will be carrying out House of Memories activities in their local communities.
Families explore the My House of Memories app © David Cummings
You can buy House of Memories resources and activities to do during Dementia Action Week from our online shop, download the free My House of Memories app and book on to our next workshops for family and friends on 24 May, 14 June, 19 July, 16 August and 20 September.