Thanks to the Alcoa PEACH (Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help), Silver Chain’s Social Centres in Fremantle, Mandurah and Rockingham have purchased a range of technology so clients can benefit from music therapy, reminiscence and tech savvy workshops.
PEACH is an employee based charitable group of people at Alcoa who pledge or designate a portion of their salary to a trust fund, which is then dispersed to a wide range of community groups.
“We are very grateful to Alcoa, who through a $12,000 grant from PEACH, have helped us purchase iPads, iPods and talking photo frames to enhance the experience for clients living with dementia,” Silver Chain Social Centre Co-ordinator, Mandy Holmshaw, said.
“Research shows that photos and music can promote distant memories and emotions for people living with dementia and we have seen just how successful this can be with many of the clients visiting our centres.
“Thanks to Alcoa we will be able to continue to help these clients awaken lost memories by giving them the opportunity to scroll through images of times gone by on an iPad or listen to once familiar music on an iPod.
“Talking photo frames will allow our clients to flip through photos and press a play button at each photo to hear a recorded message, helping them retain special memories.”
The technology will also be used to run tech savvy workshops for clients visiting the Social Centres, supporting them to embrace technology to stay in touch with family and friends and explore the online world.
For more information about our Social Centres, please call our Contact Centre on (08) 9242 0242 (or 1300 650 803 for country callers).