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.
Our interactive Memory Boxes are themed boxes available for a one-week rental. A great way to spark conversations with a loved one or group, a Memory Box engages the senses while encouraging reminiscences. As the Living with History program continues, more boxes and themes will become available.
Memory Box Themes:
Please see dates below for any upcoming programs:
Memory Lane Cafes:
Care Partner Trainings
The Monroe County History Center offers training workshops for friends and family care partners the center 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.
Self-Guided Gallery Tours
Not able to make it for a Memory Walk or want to explore the exhibit galleries on your own? Our Self-Guided Gallery Tour is available at the welcome desk and online.