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Living with History

Programming for Community Members living with Dementia and their Care Partners

The Living with History program, in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Resource Service of IU Health, with the support of a Community Impact grant award from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Inc., is 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. Because of the Community Impact grant, we are able to offer these programs and Memory Boxes at no cost to the community.

The program 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. Dementia-friendly guided tours and self-guided tour brochures will be available and we will offer training, resources, and support for Care Partners.  

Please see dates below for any upcoming programs:

Care Partner Training Workshop
May 30, 10:00 am

This free program is designed for friends and family care partners to learn to use museum resources to encourage memory sharing and help people to live well with dementia. The workshop centers on objects, photographs, ephemera, and their associated stories housed at the Monroe County History Center.

Care partners will learn what types of memory activities and resources are available and how to use them to communicate with people living with dementia. Examples include using memory boxes and participating in museum programs.

To RSVP for the workshop, or for more information, visit our program calendar.