In a memory-friendly society, people with memory disorders are guaranteed the right and opportunities to live a meaningful life of their own choosing. They are active participants and agents in their communities.
Not only experts by experience but also professionals engaged in practical work, trainers, researchers and students participate in the multidisciplinary centre for memory (part of the KAFS community). The centre is an influencer and developer that promotes a memory-friendly society together with network partners. Experts by experience also participate in co-research, which is one way of exerting influence and bringing up views and needs.
A memory-friendly society promotes memory health and supports early detection of memory disorder symptoms. A memory-friendly approach is needed not only in attitudes and encounters but also the structures of society. Building a memory-friendly society is up to all of us.
“The memory disorder is only one aspect, and until the end, the person is what counts.” (Jämsén 2022, interview quotation.)
Memory and work – memory health at working age and staying on at work (project in 2022)
This project carried out by Karelia University of Applied Sciences is funded by the Regional Council of North Karelia. Principal Lecturer Tuula Kukkonen and Development Specialist Arja Jämsén are active in the project.
Ikä- ja muistiystävälliset elinympäristöt: Pohjois-Karjalan ikäihmisillä on asiaa Kukkonen, Tuula (ed.) (2022) (‘Age and memory friendly living environments: message from older people in North Karelia’)
Muistiosaaminen tarvitsee vahvistusta Jämsén, Arja (2022) (‘Memory-related competence needs to be built up’)