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By Debbie le Quesne

Therapy online for memory-loss people

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A groundbreaking social media project which aims to trigger past memories in people with dementia is to be piloted in Scotland.

The Memory Box Network is a charity which aims to use online reminiscence therapy to increase the quality of life of those who live with dementia, which affects around 84,000 people in Scotland.

The team is developing a website where users can view and upload content to act as a talking point between the person with dementia their carers and loved ones.

The Memory Box Network is completely funded by donations so the website will be free to use.

The charity has already received funding from a number of trusts, including £80,000 from Nominet Trust, but is generating additional funding through an innovative social loan scheme.

Tony Banks, chairman and founder of Balhousie Care Group, has become the first to invest £1,000 in the MBN Social Loan scheme. His cash will be invested in the charity’s work and then returned in full in three years time.

Staff at Balhousie Care Group homes in Angus, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Perthshire and Fife will be trialing the website using the domain to view old photographs, audio files, moving images and written material from bygone years.

The site sis expected to be up for public use next year and will be smartphones and tablet friendly.

In a Care Industry News article, Scott Downie, chairman of the Memory Box Network, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Balhousie Care Group to test the website and ensure it’s as good as it possibly can be to generate the best results for people who have dementia.

“We are also very grateful to Tony for stepping up and becoming the first investor in the MBN Social Loan scheme, which gives us funding to continue with our work while generating extra revenue. Any profit on his original loan will be donated to the Memory Box Network and he will receive his money back in full.  We are looking for other investors who are also willing to lend us £1,000 and fund the rolling out of the project.”

All carers are aware such prompts are essential to stimulate memories in people with short-term memory loss and dementia.

The website idea is inspired – I love the concept.

Have a great weekend. No snow forecast!

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