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[ASEAN Market News] Memory app for elderly patients with dementia and their caregivers

Caregivers can now access an app which can help them in interacting with their elderly dementia patients.


Launched yesterday by Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB), the National Museums Liverpool and the British Council, the local version of the digital app contains multimedia features and images of relatable everyday items from Singapore’s yesteryear.


Originally launched in Britain in 2014, the My House of Memories app has also been adapted for users in the United States.


Similar to a digital scrapbook, it draws on the power of familiar items – from the 1930s to the 1990s – to evoke memories and help users share personal stories with their caregivers.


NHB’s deputy chief executive (policy and community) Alvin Tan said: “We noticed that our audience profile is changing as Singapore’s population ages, and we wanted to create an age-friendly, customisable heritage resource that uses objects and images from our National Collection to serve as memory triggers and conversation starters for seniors, people living with dementia and their caregivers.”


As part of this programme, the National Museums Liverpool will partner NHB and the Agency for Integrated Care to provide museum-led, dementia-awareness training for health and social care professionals, families and care partners of people living with dementia.


The content on the My House of Memories app will be translated into Chinese, Malay and Tamil next year to reach out to more seniors.



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치매 노인 환자 및 간병인을 위한 상호작용 앱 출시


지난 9월 28일 Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB), the National Museums Liverpool, the British Council 이 간병인과 노인 치매환자간의 상호작용을 돕는 앱을 런칭했다. 


원래 2014년 영국에서 출시된 ‘My House of Memories’ 앱은 미국에서도 출시된 바 있으며, 이 앱은 디지털 스크랩북과 유사하게 1930년대부터 1990년대까지의 친숙한 아이템을 활용해 환자와 간병인간 이야기를 나눌 수 있도록 돕는다. 


NHB의 Alvin Tan 수석 총리는 “싱가포르의 인구가 고령화됨에 따라 우리의 국립 수집품의 이미지와 물건을 활용하여 노인 및 치매환자, 그리고 간병인간의 연령 친화적이고 맞춤형 자원을 만들고 싶었다.”고 전했다. 


이 프로그램의 일환으로 the National Museums Liverpoo은 NHB, 통합관리기관과 파트너십을 구축하여 사회복지사, 환자가족, 간병인들을 위한 치매 인식 교육을 제공할 예정이다. 


‘My House of Memories’ 앱은 내년 중국어, 말레이시아어, 타밀어로 번역되어 더 많은 유저에게 다가갈 예정이다.  

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