College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Memory Trunks Program

UNI's Gerontology program coordinates a Memory Trunks discussion-based activity for those with Alzheimer's and related dementias. We visit nursing homes, assisted livings, memory care communities, 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.

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 dementia and 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 elaine.eshbaugh@uni.edu or 319-273-6083.