Living with History
Programming for Community Members living with Dementia and their Care Partners
The Monroe County History Center is excited to share the news of our Community Impact grant award of $30,000 from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Inc. With this funding, we plan to develop a variety of dementia-friendly programming based on the artifacts and archives of the History Center for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s along with their families and care partners.
The Living with History program, in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Resource Service of IU Health, includes several Memory Boxes, filled with items chosen to spark memories and conversations about a specific theme, available to be checked out or used by staff or volunteers to spark conversations at our Memory Cafes. We are developing dementia-friendly guided tours and self-guided tour brochures and we will offer training, resources, and support for Care Partners. Because of the Community Impact grant, we will be able to offer these programs and Memory Boxes at no cost to the community. This is a very exciting opportunity for us and our hope is that the History Center will be able to use our archives and collection to have an impact on a group of people who easily become isolated due to the disease.
Beginning in May, our Memory Boxes, Memory Cafes, and tours will be available to the public.