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Memory Bank Provides Benefits For Elderly And Those With Early Stage Dementia

Memory Bank – the reminiscence resource pack – has shown to have a range of benefits according to user feedback.

The pack, which was developed by the Yorkshire Film Archive, is used by carers, activity co-ordinators and occupational therapists in reminiscence sessions, uniquely features archive film footage to stimulate happy and positive memories amongst the elderly and those living with dementia.

New user feedback findings released today show that Memory Bank encourages participation and helps create feelings of well-being amongst those taking part in the sessions. It also improves communication and understanding between care home staff and residents.

Sue Howard, Director of Memory Bank, said “We interviewed a cross-section of around 25 per cent of organisations who have bought Memory Bank in the year since it was launched and 100 per cent of them found it to be beneficial.”

Respondents included those from care homes, dementia support groups, hospitals, home care organisations and council managers.

MHA is one of the most well-respected care providers in the sector with 90 homes. They have been using Memory Bank and Jane Earl, Service Improvement Adviser for MHA said: “Memory Bank is particularly beneficial as a trigger to unlock memories.

“As well as making individuals feel happier and calmer, this can also provide some ‘common ground’ that they can use to talk to other people.”

Sue Howard will be speaking about the benefits of Memory Bank at the UK Dementia Congress in Nottingham which starts today in Nottingham.

Memory Bank has also been short-listed for the ‘Outstanding Dementia Care Product’ at the 2013 National Dementia Care Awards – the winners of which will be announced on 6th November.

“Now that we have evidence that Memory Bank works, we are using our attendance at the National Dementia Congress as a UK launch.” says Sue Howard.

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