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Share personal memories with new ‘My Memories’ app feature

20 December 2017 by Sam Vaux

Person living with dementia using the My House of Memories app with a carer

My House of Memories app has been designed for, and with, people living with dementia and their carers.

Has your life been touched by dementia? The House of Memories team has just released a brand new ‘My Memories’ feature as part of the My House of Memories app, which enables users to upload their own photographs and add memories.

‘My Memories’ is really easy to use. Simply upload a selection of your favourite photographs, and a photo display can be played back with a choice of accompanying music, courtesy of Liverpool Philharmonic.

There’s music to suit every mood; from gentle and soothing; light and playful to lively and energetic. Enjoy the magic of ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutracker’, while reminiscing over family photos or memories of your favourite holiday. The photo display can take the form of a book with digital pages that turn, a carousel of images, or a series of photo tiles which ‘flip’ and change.

Family carers enjoy My House of app

Family carers enjoy My House of Memories app at House of Memories dementia awareness for family and friends at the British Museum © Dave Cummings

You can create lots of different displays on different themes or eras and save them in a person’s profile. The pictures are stored within your own tablet or iPhone, so there is no worry of other people seeing the images.

The ‘My Memories’ feature has been created in response to requests from people living with dementia, their family carers and health care workers.

The award-winning My House of Memories app is free to download, where you can explore objects from the 1920s – 1980s to stimulate memory and conversation and create virtual memory trees, boxes and timelines.  The app is available on iOS and Android devices.

We’re continuing to develop new app packages to cover a wide variety of themes, and you can sign up to the House of Memories e-newsletter to get the latest updates.

  1. Helen Finn says:

    My husband is in process of getting a diagnosis but he definitely has a memory problem.x

  2. Joanne Allmark says:

    I care for my mother in law who has dementia and take her all over the place to make memories so this app will be great.

    • Sam Vaux says:

      Hi Joanne, thank you for your feedback, we hope you enjoy many hours using our app with your mother-in-law sharing memories on your trips out together. If you would like to keep up to date with our latest news on our workshops and events you may like to sign up for our enewsletter here: http://houseofmemories.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/
      Very best wishes, Sam

  3. Sheila vose says:

    I am a Dementia Awareness trainer and think House of Memories training at the Liverpool Museum is the best source of information and training that there is. The app will be a fantastic resource for people to access.

    • Sam Vaux says:

      Hi Sheila, thank you very much for your wonderful testimonial on our dementia awareness training and endorsement of our app, we really appreciate it. Would you allow us to use your testimonial?
      Also if you aren’t a subscriber already and would like to keep up to date with our latest news on our workshops and events you may like to sign up for our House of Memories enewsletter: http://houseofmemories.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/
      Thank you and very best wishes, Sam

  4. Lynn Tilley says:

    I’ve just downloaded this and added some photos to an album. I can’t wait to show my mum. It’s great. I love the voices, they’re so friendly.

    • Sam Vaux says:

      Hi Lynn, thank you for downloading our app, and trying out the My Memories feature. It’s great to hear your feedback on how friendly you found the voices; we really appreciate it, thank you. We hope you enjoy many hours sharing memories with your mum. Would you allow us to use your testimonial? If you would like to keep up to date with our latest news on our workshops and events you may like to sign up for our enewsletter: http://houseofmemories.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/
      Very best wishes, Sam

  5. Ann broadhurst says:

    My dear Mum had Alzheimers. Each time we went out my little note book was put to good use recording where we went and the dis jointed conversations we had. Now Mum is not with us it is also a lovely memory jogger for me

    • Sam Vaux says:

      Hi Ann, thanks for sharing your memories of your mum with us. It is lovely to hear you have your notebook to reflect on your times you spent together. Very best wishes, Sam

  6. Barbara McNally says:

    Hi there, I think anything like this is great. My late father had dementia and now my mother has it. My problem is that my mother suffers from macular degeneration and has extremely limited vision . She cannot see photographs, words on a page or anything on a screen. She is in a care home now and all I can really do when I visit is talk to her and this can get very stressful. Has any thought been given to an audio app?
    Thank you Barbara

    • Sam Vaux says:

      Hi Barbara, thank you for your thoughts on the app, and explaining how your mother has macular degeneration and extremely limited vision. The My House of Memories app does have audio as a key function of the app. If you look at the very first screen, click on ‘Museum memories’ and then click on an individual object e.g. ‘Beatles scrapbook’, and then click on the ‘Info’ button you will see in the bottom left hand corner of the screen to hear a voiceover audio description which accompanies the object. Some of the objects also have sound effects e.g. a ship’s horn, or play background music. This ‘Info’ button is used throughout the app for every single object to help give more context and will also help support people who may have visual impairment. We hope these audio descriptions will help to support your mother’s enjoyment of all the objects that can be explored in app.

      Your mother may also enjoy a more sensory experience through borrowing our Memories suitcases, to explore and touch a range of objects e.g. a Ford Anglia model car, pound notes, and games. You mother’s care home would be able to hire one for free on a fortnightly return basis. The suitcases cover a variety of themes subject to your mother’s and other care home residents interests. Please see more information on the range of memory suitcases available and details on how the care home can book a suitcase: http://houseofmemories.co.uk/things-to-do/memory-suitcases/
      If you would like to keep up to date with our latest news on our workshops and events you may like to sign up for our enewsletter: http://houseofmemories.co.uk/newsletter-sign-up/
      I hope you found this information helpful and our app and memory suitcase help you and your mother to enjoy sharing memories together. Very best wishes, Sam

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