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BOX OF OUR MEMORIES (BooM) PROJECT: PROMOTING THE ROLE OF MUSEUMS AND ARCHIVES IN SUPPORTING REMINISCENCE ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

Box of our Memories – Adult Education Caring for Memory Loss‘ (BooM) is an Erasmus+ project aimed to improve the availability of reminiscence-based, digital, informal adult education interventions for seniors. The project aims to do this by extending the necessary knowledge, skills and competences for adult educators working in diverse fields from informal carers and family members, to volunteers and educational staff working in museums and archives.

BooM project partnership is glad to introduce the 30 months pan-European Erasmus+ project, funded by the Polish national agency, aiming at enhancing the availability of reminiscence-based, digital, informal adult education interventions for seniors.

According to the World Health Organization, around 50 million people have dementia worldwide, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. It is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people, and it has a physical, psychological, social, and economic impact, not only on people with dementia, but also on their carers, families and society at large.

The project will focus on reminiscence therapy, which is the use of life histories – written, oral, or both – to improve psychological well-being, especially with older persons with dementia. BooM will design digital reminiscence therapy interventions for older people, and it will do that by working closely with museums and archives as particularly suitable environments where implementing such interventions.

 

To achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the partnership will design and deliver:

 

  1. A methodology handbook, including a process guide and Implementation Strategy for decision-makers
  2. An innovative formal Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training courses for adult educators
  3. An online informal adult education toolkit for carers, family members, volunteers
  4. The Box of our Memories Platform and App

 

 

The BOOM Methodology Handbook                          

 

The handbook takes the shape of a methodological framework, and it will be accompanied by an implementation strategy that can support the sustainability and impact of the project’s outputs.

 

The handbook comprehends the following chapters:

 

  1. A literature review on reminiscence-based practices with a specific focus on archives and museums;

 

  1. Pan-European innovative examples of memory practices in archives and museums;

 

  1. Didactical notes on how this methodological framework can be used by adult educators in care homes, social sector, archives, museums, and galleries;

 

  1. Didactical notes on how the outputs can be used in informal adult education with carers, families, and those with memory loss;

 

  1. Insights on the later IOs related to the design of the BooM toolkit and the BooM app;

 

  1. Key terms of references to ensure common ground and understanding.

 

 

The Continuous Professional Development Course (CPD course)

 

The aim of the CPD course is to give participants from various sectors involved in working with memory and memory loss the opportunity to upskill and share competencies.

The emphasis of the course is to ensure that the target groups acquire the necessary knowhow to:

 

- provide formal support to adults using the BooM outcomes and toolkits in an informal setting and develop the foreseen competencies, skills, and knowledge;

 

- be able to support adult learners (carers, family members) and address their specific needs;

 

- support educators and pedagogues to utilize the next project’s outputs, such as the Boom App, in learning environments with adults (carers, family members);

 

- be comfortable working with the new BooM resources and environments.

 

The partnership defined the modules and the related units and sub-units, starting to work on the content development.

 

Next steps

 

On the 7th and 8th of April 2022, Boom partners held the third Transnational Project Meeting (TPM) in Carpi, Italy. The consortium discussed the further development of the CDP course for adult educators and moved on toward the next outputs of the project: the Boom toolkit and app. Ideas have been gathered on how to design and structure the two outputs: initial steps were made in conceptualizing both the toolkit and the app. 

 

The partnership

 

BooM involves a group of 7 partners, coming from 7 different countries (Poland, Italy, UK, Sweden; Greece, Croatia, Austria):  

  1. COLLEGIUM BALTICUM: one of the main research centre in northern Poland in the field of implementing international projects related to health. (PL)

 

  1. ANZIANI E NON SOLO: NGO with extensive expertise in project management, and a specific focus in the topic of support to active ageing. It has been involved in several projects aiming to support older adults, including older persons with dementia. (IT)

 

  1. GRYD: company that brings a wealth of experience in using technology platforms and media in innovative ways, with more focus on the user, and applying methods of non-formal learning. (UK)

 

  1. ELDERBERRY: company experienced with traditional methods for educational material as with eLearning and eCulture. It undertakes curriculum development and strategic studies, authoring, testing, editing and publishing within school, youth, adult, teacher and VET education, often with socio-cultural and urban implications. (SE)

 

  1. SYMPLEXIS: non-for-profit organisation, aiming at elevating social cohesion, serving the modern needs of populations at risk of social exclusion and promoting human rights. (GR)

 

  1. MUSEUM OF SLAVONIA: national museum, the largest general museum and one of the oldest museums in the Republic of Croatia. It is covering the areas of history, ethnology, natural science, numismatic and art history in Eastern part of Croatia. (HR)

 

  1. DORNBIRN ARCHIVES: as a part of the city administration, the Archive is connected to the social department. It collects not only administrative records but also photographs, interviews, diaries, letters and other documents from companies, clubs and private persons, to fulfil its mission as a memory of the city and its people. (AT)

 

Do you want to know more?

To learn more about the project and to get involved in our future activities please visit our website www.boxofourmemories.eu/ or follow us on the most popular social networks with #boxofourmemories

 

 

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