Colleagues from Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust's (C&I) Camden Memory Service are highlighting Dementia Action Week 2019 (20-26 May) by encouraging the local community to share their happy memories on a ‘memory tree’ located at The Peckwater Centre in Kentish Town.
The tree is displayed in the main reception area of the first floor and will be there for the duration of the awareness week.
The idea of the tree came from Lamia Abusheba, Assistant Practitioner with the Memory Service. She said: “Writing down happy memories and sharing them on the tree allows for people to connect with their long-term memory and is a tool that can be used for starting conversations, learning about each other and capturing things that resonate with people living with dementia.”
The Camden Memory Service provides specialist assessment, treatment and support for people with dementia and their families. It is run by a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists, support workers, assistant practitioners and an occupational therapist.
Lamia added: “We’ve had people of all ages share their happy memories on the tree including staff, service users and the wider community. We hope by the end of the week the tree will be filled with lots of lovely memories.”
Dementia Action Week is led each year by The Alzheimer’s Society, with this year’s theme being ‘Ask Us Anything’ - encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone they know who is living with dementia.