Richmond company uses technology to help dementia sufferers keep memories alive

Members of the team working on the Forget Me Not project.

A Richmond company is using technology to help sufferers of dementia keep memories alive as long as possible.

One of the traditional strategies used to help people with the condition remember their lives is called Reminiscence where carers or family members put together a memory box containing photos, newspaper clippings or artefacts.

These are then used as a source of conversation.

Richmond-based edEUcation has taken this strategy further by developing a technological approach to the memory box.

Through the EU funded Erasmus+ programme, they have brought together partners from France, Germany, Poland and Cyprus to develop a platform to be used on mobile devices, and a training package for carers and family members.

The project called Forget Me Not will enable carers and family members to upload photos, sound files, texts and videos onto a virtual secure memory box.

The partner organisations gathered in Richmond at the weekend to launch the project and plan for the next steps in this two year development.

All organisations have experience of working with carers or dementia sufferers and this expertise will be shared during the development of the platform.

Speaking after the meeting, edEUcation director, Paul Harrison, said: “This is a very exciting and innovative project.

“It will enable memories to be stored, recalled and updated, and also ensure that families can keep in touch.

“For example, imagine a sufferer has a grandchild living away, this tool will enable the grandchild to record their own memories from their younger days and share them on the platform.

“The project will test the platform in five countries with both professional and family carers and provide a training package.

“We are delighted to receive the EU funding to support this work, which will then be freely available to anyone, once it is completed.”

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