The Memory Media project began in December 2016 as an Erasmus+ Higher Education Key Action 2 project. It was designed to explore how Health and Social Care curricula in higher education institutions could be enhanced to include relevant new material on the issue of dementia. It was carried out by a consortium of five international partners: Dundee and Angus College and Forth Valley College (UK); Centro de Formación Somorrostro (Spain); FoU Centrum, Linköpings Kommun (Sweden); and Gannan Medical University, China.
This international partnership worked to investigate how Care courses are assigning resources to education about the care of older people living with dementia. By bringing together two different cultural approaches (Europe in the East meeting China in the West) the project has created some valuable resources.
The project idea arose from various research findings demonstrating that Care 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 informal stimulation through recreational activities and/or more formally via structured programmes which aim to provide stimulating activities based on psychological theories of cognition. However, it was felt that existing curricular in partner organisations did not address these findings.
The project therefore aimed to undertake some comparative research and create new practical and theoretical teaching materials to teach students in HEIs about different approaches. The project drew on a range of techniques from digital media to create a stimulating "memory box" app to be used in colleges and universities as well as in health and social care and community settings. Outputs also included a project website, research findings, teaching and learning material and peer teaching course plans for each partner country.
247 learners and 93 teachers/lecturers evaluated the learning and teaching resources produced by the project.
This report presents an evaluation of the learning and teaching resources created during the project lifespan.
Teachers and students from all partner organisations participated in the testing and evaluation of learning and teaching resources created for the Memory Media project between September and October 2018.
A copy of the executive summary report can be found here:
A copy of the full evaluation report can be found here: