According to the Memory Box Network, around 7.4 million people in the UK are directly affected by dementia. People living with dementia – as well as those close to them – suffer from a variety of conditions, ranging from social isolation and depression to behavioural changes and loss of mental ability. For carers and family members, there’s also the emotional torment of watching someone they love being unable to recognise them.
Reminiscence therapy can help to improve psychological wellbeing and help an individual living with dementia to maintain good mental health. Often used with older people in care environments, it uses written, oral or pictorial reminders of life stories and experiences to engage people and stimulate conversation.
Improving quality of life
With further funding from Nominet Trust, the Memory Box Network is creating a free-to-use social media based web platform that enables people to easily upload, collate and share content, which will help make a real difference to everyone’s quality of life.
The Memory Box platform allows people to collect and store online materials that can be used as talking points, and harnesses the power of social media to encourage additional input. It helps people to engage with the care of their loved one and brings a greater level of happiness to both carers and sufferers.