The households displayed items from various decades, including coronation memorabilia from the 1950s, newspaper cuttings, old school books, army uniforms and war-time gas masks along with iconic pictures from the various eras. Belong Warrington staff members also dressed in costumes and encouraged residents to sing along to old-time songs.
The props and music acted as a form of reminiscence therapy that has been shown to be particularly beneficial for people living with dementia, stimulating cognitive ability as well as being therapeutic.
Lisa Wilson, experience co-ordinator at Belong Warrington said;
“It was wonderful to see everyone sharing experiences and reminiscing during our ‘through the decades’ event. Residents thoroughly enjoyed seeing the familiar artefacts and props and it was lovely to hear them reminiscing fond memories from their pasts and singing along to recognisable songs.”
The historic objects and a set of memory boxes were funded by Forester’s Financial, which each year support hundreds of community projects and provide many opportunities for members and their families to get involved and help those in need.