Memory Media explores health and social care issues in a consortium of 5 partners. Dundee and Angus College and Forth Valley College (UK), Centro de Formacion Somorrostro (Spain), FoU Centrum, Linkopings Kommun (Sweden) and Gannan Medical University, (China). This international partnership enhances the attractiveness of HE courses in Europe by looking outside of Europe to one of the strongest economies in the world and how they are assigning resources to the care of older people. Creating an opportunity for convergence of 2 different cultural approaches (East meeting West) will bring benefits to Europe's HE curricula.
The project idea arose from research finding that approaches which use art/multi-media are having an impact in dementia care. Cognitive stimulation is a recommended evidence based intervention for people with dementia. People with mild-to-moderate dementia should be offered the opportunity to participate in cognitive stimulation activities including information stimulation through recreational activities and/or more formally via structured programmes which aim to provide stimulating activities based on psychological theories of cognition. It can be carried out by health professionals, carers or relatives in a variety of settings.
The project undertakes some comparative research and creates new practical and theory teaching materials to teach students in HEIs about how East and Western approaches have different ways of working. The project also uses a range of techniques from digital media and Chinese culture to create stimulating 'memory boxes' to be used in health and social care and community settings. Outputs included a project website, research findings, teaching and learning material and a peer teaching course plan.
48 learners and 12 teachers evaluated resources. Teachers and learners have come together at a peer learning event to exchange ideas and carry out practical learning. GMU partners joined the event remotely to ensure participation.
Memory Media have deep and long lasting impacts. Those directly involved experiences positive impacts personally and professionally (e.g. increased motivation & satisfaction in their work, development of intercultural skills) and experiences a real sense of achievement. they have a more positive attitude towards the EU which they share with others and experience a better understanding of skills levels in other EU countries. The project brings benefits primarily to students and teachers but also health and social care professionals who also gain valuable new resources that can be used in practical care settings.
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