A new app targeted for persons living with dementia and their caregivers was launched in Singapore yesterday. Called the My House Of Memories app, it was created by National Museums Liverpool and launched in the United Kingdom in 2014 but has since been adapted for use in the United States in 2018.
Although short-term memory loss is prevalent throughout all forms of dementia, long-term memories have a stronger foothold and is present well until the later stages of the disease. My House of Memories uses the staying power of long-term memories to help persons living with dementia to forge bonds with their caregivers by looking at familiar everyday objects together.
Localized by the National Heritage Board and the British Council in Singapore, the app will feature two sections, Museum Memories and My Memories.
Museum Memories will draw from everyday objects sourced from Singapore’s National Collection and the Alzheimer’s Disease Association. Some examples include a photo of a Setron television set, which was everywhere in Singapore during the 1960s and 1970s and a cup and saucer set, commonly seen in kopitiams from the 1960s to today. A caregiver for a person with dementia can use the content provided by Museum Memories to jumpstart conversations and form connections with them.
My Memories is a personal catalogue of significant items that caregivers of patients living with dementia can build through snapping photographs. Looking at familiar objects and images has been shown to help people with dementia stay connected with their past.
My House of Memories SG is available for free on both the App Store and Google Play Store. For now, the app is only available in English but there are plans to release it in Mandarin, Tamil and Malay next year.
The app has been downloaded by 33, 000 people all over the globe and upwards of 12, 500 health and social care professionals and caregivers have received dementia awareness training developed by the House of Memories team. The app has also netted the team behind it multiple awards, including the Exceptional Achievement Award in 2018.
Do you know anybody who is living with dementia or caring for someone who lives with dementia? You can help them by letting them know about this app!