Home movies shot in and around Yorkshire from the 1940s to the 1970s are being used to help people with dementia reconnect with their past and with a sense of personal and community identity.
The project – called ‘Memory Bank’ – was developed by the Yorkshire Film Archive and a range of health and social care professionals, following an 18-month study into its usefulness in helping people with age-related conditions improve their sense of wellbeing.
The films have been edited into 6-minute clips on a range of everyday themes such as holidays, sports, school days, shopping and working life, and then combined into a resource pack with suggestions for helping people reconnect with their past experiences.
The director of the Yorkshire Film Archive Sue Howard said that one user had told her: “It’s like peeling back the years – the memories are still there, its just needs a trigger”.
Source: BBC News
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