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My Life Films

Celebrate the life of a person living with dementia by capturing their unique story in a film. The films help to improve the quality of life of the person with dementia and act as an innovative care tool during all stages of the disease. This is a free service for people living with dementia. The Life Story Film is 30-minutes long and made up of ten chapters showing the best memories from birth to present. It features images from family albums, interviews with the person and their family members, and their favourite music tracks. The Profile Film is five-minutes long. It is a condensed version of the Life Story film, using the same content, with a voiceover to narrate the highlights.

Updated:
6 February 2018
Location:
London
Sectors:
Care, Charity, Communication, Community organisations, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local DAA Members, Medical, Membership Organisations, Schools, Social Care, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Ealing Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

My Life Films makes free biographical films for people with dementia in order to capture the key events in a persons life, using photographs. 

 

Our outcomes of My Life Films aims to:

1) Improve the quality of life for people living with dementia by increasing self-esteem and reducing isolation.

2) Improve the quality of professional care by providing carers with a personal insight into the life of the person they care for.

3) Bring families together and give them a lasting memory of their loved one. Making families feel like they have made the most of spending time with their loved one. 

4) Stimulates people with dementia to talk about their life with friends and family as way of encouraging communication. 

5) Improve mood and mental well-being. Calming people with dementia down when they feel anxious by watching the film back. 

 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

- Sometimes it is hard to bring families together as many families live very far away from their loved one with dementia. Therefore, sometimes family members do not want to get involved as it is a big commitment of time and travel. 

- If people with dementia are living in care homes and have few family members around, it is difficult to ask a care worker to help the person living with dementia to get involved with making a film, as of course they are extremely busy and do not have time to help the person with dementia dig up old photographs. 

Member website

mylifefilms.org

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