The museum volunteers have been doing a fantastic job visiting nursing homes, residential centres and even pubs (!) to deliver reminiscence sessions to people living with dementia. They have visited venues within Weston-Super-Mare, Sandford, Locking and Clevedon with our seaside and childhood reminiscence boxes. The museum also has boxes themed on kitchen, home, sweet shop, hobbies and leisure, work and transport. Each box has a mixture of questions, pictures and objects, all designed to stimulate discussion, improve self confidence and raise self esteem.
To keep their skills up to date, the staff and volunteers welcomed Alan Richardson from the Alzheimer’s Society who provided a ‘Dementia Friends’ training session. This really helped to improve everyone’s knowledge of the disease – that dementia is not a natural part of ageing, it is not just about losing your memory but can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks. It is possible to live well with dementia too! Thank you Alan for providing a thought provoking session. We can all wear our Forget-Me-Knot badges with pride to show that the museum is dementia friendly!