Suitcase of memories

A  pile of vintage suitcases

After finding it difficult to entertain people with dementia, Belgian nurse Tim Carpentier decided to develop his own games and activities tailored to his patients in a locked ward.

“What started as an urge to come up with an activity tailored to the needs of people suffering from dementia has grown into a small company renting out suitcases packed with nostalgia and board games for elders,” he wrote in an email.

Some of the projects he’s created to date include:

A “suitcase of memories” that he rents to people. It contains about 80 day-to-day objects that help elders evoke memories of their youth. Objects like a slate and stylus, an old leather satchel, a coffee grinder, an old bar of sunlight soap, … these items to mull over are accompanies by a selection of older music and films to guarantee an afternoon of joy and reminiscences.

Here is  A short film about Tim and his suitcase of memories 

Following the success of his invention, Tim earlier this year transformed the idea of the suitcase into a brain game called Rememborie which you can purchase using this link.

The game was developed in co-operation with Vinco Educational and is a sort of “immersion” box designed to obtain one-on-one contact with people suffering from dementia. A big asset of this game is that it can also be played with people in wheelchairs or who are bedridden.

 

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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