This article is from the Danish news source TV2.
The Old Town (an open-air museum in Aarhus, Denmark) has a reminiscence apartment that is fully booked on weekdays, but now those who are interested have the opportunity to see the apartment and get an insight into the work of remembrance communication (reminiscence).
AARHUS: This weekend, The Old Town in Aarhus opens up the city’s rememberence apartment.
Usually, it is not possible for the city’s visitors to see the apartment, as it is booked every day for courses and visits from the city’s elderly people with dementia .
The remembrance apartment has existed for three years in the form it has now. It is designed to stimulate the recall the memories for the elderly. The rooms are light and airy, like a nice middle-class home in the mid-1950s. This is the time when most of the reminiscence-targeted guests with dementia were young and started a family, and it is the time they have the most memories from.
“It is a great success,” says Henning Lindberg, Head of the living museum and remembrance communication .
The Old Town is the only museum that works with reminiscence communication. The concept is now being exported to Norway, Sweden, and Hungary, and the museum is in the process of international cooperation to spread knowledge about the reminiscence/remembrance communication.
On both Saturdays and Sundays, the apartments is open for tours. Tours are booked through the ticket office at The Old Town.
In an earlier version of this article we mentioned research on remembrance communication, but the editors have subsequently been made aware that there is not yet evidence of these results
If you can’t make it to Aarhus, you can also check out this video to experience the remembrance apartment:
The remembrance apartment in The Old Town of Aarhus has been shown to have positive effects on elderly people with dementia. In this video, head of the remembrance apartment, Henning Lindberg explains the apartment’s structure and function. For what is memory and what’s in it for dementia?
From The Old Town’s website:
The museum’s reminiscence communication is based on a newly furnished three-bedroom apartment, a veritable time warp from the 1950s where you both can touch and try what you see.
The apartment is reserved for groups. General visitors are not allowed on these special tours. You can also book a course or tour in the apartment, for example family gift.
The smell of newly varnished floors, the sound of the piano, and feel of a newly starched apron greets the visitors and bring the senses into play. Forgotten memories come to the surface. The rooms are light and airy as a nice middle-class home in the mid-1950s – that is the time when most of the museum’s visitors with dementia were young and starting families.
Experience shows that the decor itself opens many doors for the memories. All furniture and objects are original, and they are cleaned with soft soap, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar that was used in the 1950s, so the smell is also authentic.
Diverse reminiscence activities
We organize visits from individual wants and needs. All visits begin with a trip in a horse-drawn carriage. The museum staff are dressed in historical costumes, have special knowledge about daily life in 1950 – which will often correspond to the guests youth. Staff participate in Aarhus Municipality’s Public Dementia Education, so they can work with and understand dementia diseases. Practical information (in Danish).
Commemorative programs at The Occupation Museum
The visit is recommended to anyone who is interested in the German occupation of Denmark, regardless of whether you have experienced the time, or simply have read and heard about it. The group will be shown around the museum by specially trained guides who both tells about the exhibits and helps bring the guests’ own memories of the Occupation forward. Guests also have the opportunity to touch and interact with original things from the time period. Coffee and cake are served in the museum’s cozy library.
Hip Hip Hurra!
When the topic is birthdays, we talk abut traditions, family parties, songs, games, and fun. The birthday guest of honor is sure to receive a gift. Emnet er fødselsdage og vi taler om traditioner, familiefester, sange, spil og lege. Fødselaren får en gave. Well suited as a family experience and a good idea for a birthday gift!
There is also a part of The Old Town that features the 1970s! Well, for some reason, they focus on 1974… 😉 And there is a part of The Old Town that features 1927. And the 1800s… lots of cool things. I have visited twice when family or friends come from the US to visit. The oldest buildings are from 1550 and the majority of the buildings were physically dismantled and moved to Den Gamble By. It’s a really cool open air museum they have, definitely worth a visit if you come to Denmark!
An entire neighborhood from 1974 is rising at Den Gamle By. You can visit three different homes, a radio and TV store, a bakery, a grocer’s shop and a gynecologist’s clinic.
Visit the Danes’ not-so-distant past, or step into the lives of their parents and grandparents.
In 1974, Denmark was: