Memory Trunks Program
UNI's Gerontology program coordinates a Memory Trunks discussion-based activity for those with Alzheimer's and related dementia. We visit nursing homes, assisted livings, and adult day service centers in order to promote positive quality of life for individuals who are affected by memory programs. This innovative program was started by alumni Michelle Remond in 2011. Students are always encouraged to take an active role in the program.
Memory Trunks uses props to stimulate enjoyable discussion in small groups. Past topics have included:
- Household chores
- Food and restaurants
The principles we use when relating to individuals with memory challenges are based on current research in the field. We believe that individuals with dementia are capable of meaningful and enjoyable interaction. We understand the challenges associated with memory programs but strive to value each individual "where they are at." Those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias are capable and deserving of joy and laughter.
For more information on Memory Trunks, contact Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-273-6083.