A Case of Memory
Some of the objects in the iRemember: in the Kitchen Memory Case. Source: TMAG.
Alex Luttrell, Memory case offers a lifeline from the past for people with dementia, The Advertiser, 21 September 2015
Basic household items from days past are helping increase the quality of life for people living with dementia.
As part of Dementia Awareness Month, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Tasmania have launched the iRemember: In the Kitchen Memory Case program.
The memory case contains 15 kitchen objects dementia patients can discover in a bid to stimulate memories, including an Arnott’s biscuit tin, a milk bottle, egg beater and even a soap-saver, chosen for the possibility of triggering conversation for patients.
UTAS Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre’s Fran McInerney said the program could help patients relax, prevent anxiety and help relationships.
“The memory box helps stimulate the memories of people living with dementia,” Professor McInerney said. “It helps connect them to their past through conversation with people in the present.”
Deputy director of TMAG Andy Baird said there were other programs in the pipeline.
“We have got a second case in development and it’s themed around the shed and we have looked around ideas like sports,” Mr Baird said.