The Neuro Drop-In Centre, a local Lancaster charity based next to Lancaster Farms which helps people with neurological conditions is holding its third annual mini festival called Neurobury (their homage to Glastonbury) on Saturday 25th June.
The festival amongst other things will include live music (5 local bands), outdoor activities, a petting zoo, fun party games, car boot sale and craft stalls, hot food and a bouncy castle. The festival will also include an international presence through the Digital Timelines project, which is an Erasmus+ Adult Education KA2 Strategic Partnership led by Lancaster & Morecambe College.
Over the past 18 months the partnership has successfully developed and piloted new ways for carers as well as family members to produce Personal Digital Memories or PDMs consisting of visual and oral materials chosen by the person with memory loss made as a video and saved as a digital format.
The aim of the Personal Digital Memories is to act as a trigger to create a positive reaction or stimulate reminiscence and conversation. The project partners from the UK, Sweden, Slovenia, Romania and Turkey have worked together to produce a training package, website and several examples of PDMs to be used as free resource at the end of the project to support people with memory loss. So make a date in your diary.
It all kicks off at 1pm, it’s free and any money raised goes to a good cause. The party is expected to go on to 6pm and we hope to see you there!
For more details please follow the links:
‘Together in memories’, a multiplier event in Izola, Slovenia (5th May 2016)
At the beginning of May, ZDUS hosted Digital Timelines first multiplier event called ‘Together in Memories’ in the small coastal town of Izola in Slovenia. With international presence by guests from The European Federation of Older Persons (EURAG) and honorary presence of the Slovene Member of the European Parliament Mr Ivo Vajgl, more than 100 people with different backgrounds and interests in dementia and memory loss attended.
The event was held to promote the idea behind the project, disseminate the project outputs completed so far, to distribute the Digital Timelines Training guide and to share gained knowledge and experiences on producing a personal digital memory. Following the conference, all this was put into practice, with a cascade training workshop attended by 43 of the delegates.
A special touch was given to the event as Gabrijela Car, a volunteer with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease spoke openly to the public and presented her experience of the disease, of the Digital Timelines cascade training she attended and how she thinks her own PDM will help her in the future.
You can read her contribution here: Gabrjiela Car
The event was also covered by the TV station TV Koper, for a brief statement in English by one of our UK partners represented by David Evans
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Multiplier event in Slovenia: »Together in memories«
May, 5th, Hotel Delfin Izola, Slovenia
On Thursday, 5th of May ZDUS will hold a multiplier event in a small, coastal town of Izola in Slovenia. The event will be organized as an opportunity to exchange some good practices and views on memory training and dementia as experts in the filed from EURAG – European Federation of Older People - will join us.
We also expect a larger group of national attendees from different social care networks, volunteer programmes who deal with care for the elderly, dementia or memory loss and people who have a family member or friend with such issue. The Digital Timelines project will be presented as an innovative approach to help people with memory loss or dementia and the ones who care for them to maintain a certain quality of life. We want to share our project outputs such as Training course and Examples videos of Personal Digital Memories to encourage our audience to have a try at producing their own Personal Digital Memory as a tool to encourage interaction with the person with memory loss.
Workshops on how to make a Personal Digital Memory and practical demonstration trials will be held on site.
The UK Multiplier Event to promote all the outputs of the project will be managed by Lancaster & Morecambe College and take place on Saturday 25th June at the Neuro drop in centre, Lancaster. The conference is free and all are welcome. For more details contact Lancaster and Morecambe College.
25th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 2-4 September 2015.
The theme for this year was “Dementia - putting strategies and research into practice”, with the idea to build on experience of the previous years and identify how research results and research findings can be translated into concrete actions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, to demonstrate the responsibility of national and international policymakers, local decision-makers, health and social care professionals and all of society in making change happen for people with dementia and their carers.