Book of You, a Welsh social enterprise that helps people with dementia share their special life moments with family, friends and carers has secured funding to offer training and support to 10 families in Anglesey completely free of charge.
Based on the proven principles of reminiscence therapy, Book of You provides an engaging, fun and easy to use online format that enables people to collect together not only photos, but also words, music and film to create their very own personal life story.
The project can be tailored to each individual according to their stage of memory loss, meaning that Book of You provides a valuable and meaningful shared activity which can be enjoyed by anyone living with dementia along with their family, friends and carers.
Full training is provided and the online format is easy to use. Participants in the scheme have found it engaging and fun, with the opportunities it provides to stimulate memories, enhance communication and improve mood all plain to see.
Professor Bob Woods
Professor of Clinical Psychology for the Elderly
Dementia Services Development Centre, Bangor University
“Reminiscence is one of the most popular approaches in dementia care, tapping into the person’s store of long-term memories.
Our research indicates that the best evidence for its effectiveness is when the person has a life story book, which we have shown results in improved quality of life.
We have already seen that digital life story books add further to the benefits of conventional paper books, with potential for music, narration and video clips, giving greater power to memory triggers.”
The project has already proved of benefit to both care home settings and families, and now thanks to funding from Horizon Nuclear Power, Book of You is currently able to offer 10 places for people living with dementia in Anglesey. Training and support for the individuals and their families taking part will be provided completely free of charge.
To register your interest, and find out more, please phone Book of You on 07376 851812 or 01492 555381.