Danish museum helps individuals with Alzheimer’s get their precious memories back

by Angelica Basile - 2016.09.21
Danish museum helps individuals with Alzheimer’s get their precious memories back
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Perfectly reproduce a typical 1950's home to help elderly citizens with Alzheimer's remember. Den Gamle By, a museum in Aarhus, Denmark, has launched this project, not only to faithfully reproduce the furniture and objects of the '50s, but also the smells and sounds typical of that era. The idea behind this “House of Memories” came from a close collaboration between the museum and the Psychology Department of the University of Aarhus. In fact, if the environment is created with strict attention to detail, it can help patients reconstruct the memories that the illness has erased. The first visitors, individuals with Alzheimer's who were young kids or adolescents during the '50s, actually confirmed that they were able to remember daily activities that they had forgotten, such as brushing their teeth in the kitchen or bathroom or substituting coffee with something else because of its beeing extremely rare, in those days. ”A memory from childhood is always precious " – declared the curator of the project – “but for individuals who live with this illness, they become even more special". 

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