Dementia therapy?

According to Ron Baecker, founder of the “Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab” at the University of Toronto, people suffering from dementia can benefit from sharing a video that describes key aspects of their life with their family, friends and caregivers.

In an experimental project, students used family archival material to prepare videos about the lives of individuals who were currently suffering from dementia. They found that these videos stimulated memories for the patients, bringing them joy and sadness. Caregivers got a sense of the person before dementia,  and the videos provided the basis for family conversations. Visit http://taglab.utoronto.ca/

Film clips revive memories for those with dementia. Find out more                                 Source: Stirling University Dementia Services Developement Centre

The long goodbye

A journey into the intimate heart of a family when a life-limiting illness comes to stay.  Meet four remarkable people – Fiona, Gordon, Lucy and Emily – one of whom is unwell, all of whom are living with illness.  How does your outlook change when you discover you have ‘a dying parent’?  How do your friends respond?  How do you acknowledge ‘the elephant in the room’?  Welcome to the Cook household, Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.


The Long Goodbye was commissioned by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief – an alliance helping to create a Scotland which is more open about death, dying and bereavement.  Visit www.goodlifedeathgrief.org.uk