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Forget-me-not! Alpha Project Community

(Lanarkshire)

My husband, Joe has early onset dementia. Others have had strokes, MS, epilepsy, and acquired brain damage. We would like them to create digital platforms – individual forget me not books – an archive of favourite music, photos, anecdotes, joyful moments to share with family and carers for those cognitively impaired in our community education unit.

Our goals:

  • To provide for cognitively impaired sufferers, their partners, carers and families an opportunity to create a digital memory book. Research has shown this provides great contentment to sufferers and helps them preserve their identity for much longer.
  • To create a digital platform which becomes an archive where carers can uncover gems of the person's life story and share experiences with other people connected with that person. Great opportunities for social interaction in its creation and sharing.
  • To create a tool which will be able to unravel powerful memories, but we can build and create new ones - allowing the focus to be on the person. It will promote personal independence in people with both mental and physical disabilities.
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How we will achieve our goals

5x Laptops eg Samsung Galaxy note 10" 32 GB approx £450 each (= £2250),
4x Laptop Samsung 8" £350 (=£1,400).
10 memory sticks (£200)
2 Printers (£200)
cartridges and paper (£200)
Training from nearby College (£450)
Total (£4,900)

The aim would be for people to take home a little forget-me-not booklet and a digital memory stick. Therefore photographic paper, printer and cartridges have been incorporated into the wish list! Needed so that each person would have a forget-me -not booklet to take home including photos of loved ones (as well as memory stick to share with family).
We are fortunate to have full time and part time staff who would take this forward with carers and those with memory impairment.
We have no technology equipment whatsoever. We would have a lockable storage cupboard for the hardware.

Where the money will go

Project 'Forget-me-not' would help to build a sense of great achievement in those cognitively impaired and it would help to create the most wonderful ongoing digital platform which would be built upon to involve lifelong connections that could be shared with family, friends and carers. A valuable lifeline for contentment to those involved!

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Alzheimer Scotland have tweeted our project. They fully endorse the value of our project. They tweeted the following which goes out to 7,400 followers on April 16th:

25 April 2014

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