James Cook hospital launches memory lane appeal

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The James Cook University Hospital is launching the memory lane appeal to ask the public for donations of publications, old photographs and old newspapers for innovative dementia patient care.

Karen Ainsworth, Helen Robinson and Hannah Parkin (left to right) of the dementia education team.

Karen Ainsworth, Helen Robinson and Hannah Parkin (left to right) of the dementia education team.

Dementia can cause loss of memories leaving people confused and upset. The appeal aims to combat this by encouraging patients with dementia visiting James Cook to talk to staff about their past as this is what they remember the longest and clearest.

Karen Ainsworth, dementia clinical educator, said: “This is especially reassuring for patients who think they are living in the past because it is something they are familiar with in an unfamiliar environment.”

“The use of old photographs can act as a catalyst for patients to reminisce about their lives, often leaving them less anxious and feeling positive emotionally.”

Memory lane collectionCopies of publications with old photographs of Teesside such as Remember When would be ideal donations, as well as photographs of big national events and old maps.

If you can spare any donations then please send them to memory lane appeal, Karen Ainsworth, Dementia team, Murray building, The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW or call 01642 835947.