Imagining the Past
This pack aims to provide interest and conversational prompts to those affected by mild to moderate dementia and their carers. Over the years we have often been told that as life becomes restricted there are less points to discuss, less things to share. We hope that this pack will fire your imaginations and lead you into fantasies of the past which will stimulate emotions, memories and laughter.
The pack draws on the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
All you need to do is to share each image with your client, friend or relative, and use the suggested questions to provoke conversation. Be prepared to follow any train of thought which may be stimulated, and do not be afraid to wander right off the point! Imagining, remembering and speech are closely linked functions and using this pack will encourage all three. Regular use of the materials, either 1-1 or in small groups, will yield the best results as participants become used to the process and to sharing their imaginings.
Where the pack comes from and how it was made
The images in this pack have all been selected from the collections at the Dorset History Centre, where we care for over 1,000 years of records relating to Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
They were selected by a short-term volunteer, who says;
Hello, I’m Simon and I have autism. I have worked on this pack to help me re-join society. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.
Further packs will also be curated by volunteers with additional needs.
Get an electronic copy
To order a free electronic copy of this pack, and join Dorset History Centre’s list of recipients, please contact us, and enquire about ‘Imagining the Past’ packs.