Free March Workshops Help those Living with Dementia and their Caregivers Use Museums to Better their Lives

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Release dated: 
March 13, 2019
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Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org or Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

Free March Workshops Help those Living with Dementia and their Caregivers Use Museums to Better their Lives

Workshops are part of ‘House of Memories’ dementia awareness program developed in partnership with National Museums Liverpool

Nearly 100,000 Minnesotans live with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias and that number is expected to grow dramatically over the next decade. And while there is no cure, studies show that engaging in meaningful activities can improve the quality of life for affected individuals and their caregivers.

This March, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) is offering free training workshops to help family and professional caregivers learn to use museum resources to provide person-centered care for people to live well with dementia. The workshops are part of the “House of Memories” program, originally developed in the U.K. by National Museums Liverpool, and launched in the U.S. this fall by MNHS.

Professional caregiver workshops are scheduled for March 25 and family caregiver workshops are scheduled for March 26, 27 and 28 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Participants will receive a toolkit and view training videos based on the real-life stories of people living with dementia. To find out more about the workshops, visit mnhs.org/houseofmemories.

The House of Memories program offers training workshops, resources and activities, including the “My House of Memories” app which features more than 100 interactive pages of MNHS collection items which can help those living with dementia draw on memories to create personal connections with family, friends and caregivers. MNHS has worked to add a specific focus on those most impacted by the disease, African American families.

The “My House of Memories” app can be downloaded to tablets and smartphones from iTunes and Google Play. Search for “My House of Memories” and look for the pink house.

All program resources are free.

The Mayo Clinic’s Charter House, Rakhma Homes and St. Paul African American Faith ACT Community are community partners on this project.

Program Support
Support is provided by an Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant and prestigious Community Anchors grant, and the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

About House of Memories
“House of Memories” is National Museums Liverpool’s museum-led dementia awareness training program. It offers training, resources and activities to enable caregivers to provide person-centered care for people to live well with dementia.

National Museums Liverpool has been running “House of Memories” at the Museum of Liverpool since 2012, working with people in the health and social care sector and training more than 12,000 caregivers across England to date. Part of the program includes the award-winning “My House of Memories” app; a digital app designed in consultation with people living with dementia and their caregivers, and the first of its kind in the world, which was launched at the House of Commons in 2014.

The program has won multiple awards, most recently the Exceptional Achievement Award, Museums Association in 2018. www.houseofmemories.co.uk

About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 3 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. National Museums Liverpool is regulated by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Museums and galleries regulated by DCMS are exempt charities under Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011. Registered Office: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.