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Stirred memories are giving old folk 
lots to talk about

Ladies like Barbara Turner, Catherine Swan and Mary Furlong are enjoying the chance to share their memories

Ladies like Barbara Turner, Catherine Swan and Mary Furlong are enjoying the chance to share their memories

 

Members of the older generation are having their memories stirred by reminiscence boxes, created to help them stay alert.

Falkirk Community Trust’s learning team has created five boxes after the idea was piloted in care homes around Falkirk.

They each contain items such as music records, traditional games, old magazines and pictures.

Each one has a theme, such as holidays, schooldays and entertainment.

Many of the contents were donated by local resident Isabel Sarle, with others purchased from antique centres.

The aim of the boxes is to jog memories and encourage conversation.

They were officially launched at Callendar House.

Community Trust chairman Ian Scott said: “The boxes have had a tremendous response wherever they have been on show.

“They bring many positive benefits especially in mental health as well as providing a great topic of conversation, especially for the elderly.”

He added: “We have also seen an increase in paticipation at some of the events at Callendar House as a result of the boxes.”

Caroline Reid, co-ordinator at Thornhill Court Day Care Centre, said the boxes went down a storm at the facility.

“The boxes brought back plenty of memories for clients and our lounge was filled with much chat and laughter while they discussed the contents.”

The boxes are now available for loan to groups, homes and day care centres in the Falkirk area.

Pictured sharing memories at Thornhill Day Care Centre are clients Gladys Reid (88), Jessie Haldane (72), Barbara Turner (98), Catherine Swan (92) and Mary Furlong (84).

 

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