Helping people communicate

MEMORY: By using family heirlooms, such as photos, a person with dementia can tap into long term memories that often remain intact until the later stages of dementia.
MEMORY: By using family heirlooms, such as photos, a person with dementia can tap into long term memories that often remain intact until the later stages of dementia.

How can a photo or a special item help people communicate?

That’s the topic of a workshop and talk planned as part of this month’s Flourishing on the Fleurieu Festival.

Talking History Together will be held at the Yankalilla District Historical Museum on Thursday, September 27 from 1.30pm.

History Trust of South Australia community history officer Pauline Cockrill will join ACH group dementia consultant Jodie Roberts to host the free discussion and workshop.

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The pair are inviting members of the community, including people living with dementia and their families, to learn and practice conversation skills using reminiscence.

“Reminiscence therapy is an important tool that can help people living with memory loss and dementia to communicate,” Ms Roberts said.

“When dementia progresses it can be challenging for family and friends because it can be difficult to know what to talk about, because they may not be able to engage in conversation about the present due to short term memory loss.

“By using family heirlooms, such as photos or historical items, a person with dementia can tap into long term memories that often remain intact until the later stages of dementia.

“This makes it easier for them to initiate and engage in conversation.”

Ms Roberts plans to bring along two China dolls that once belonged to her mother.

The workshop is open to everyone of all ages.

People are welcome to bring a personal object or discover new objects at the museum.

Afternoon tea will be available to purchase at a small cost or people are welcome to bring a plate to share.

DETAILS: 

  • WHAT: Talking History Together
  • WHEN: Thursday, September, 27 from 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • WHERE: Yankalilla District Historical Museum, 169 Main South Road, Yankalilla
  • BOOK: Phone 1300 224 477

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