The Memory Box Project is a grassroots effort to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and raise research funding. It was created in Denver, Colorado in the spring of 2013. In the pilot at Graland Country Day School, seventh grade students interacted with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients at local senior living homes and simultaneously completed an interdisciplinary study of Alzheimer’s disease. Their experience included a research project on Alzheimer’s disease in science class and the creation of a “Memory Box” in art class.
A Memory Box is a shadow box filled with memorabilia honoring an elderly person or other special member of a family or circle of friends. The project culminated in an evening at which students’ memory boxes were on display, and authoritative speakers shared their knowledge with the school community. A leader in the field of Alzheimer’s research, a member of the Alzheimer’s Association, and a representative from a local senior living home were three keynote speakers. Parents and guests were invited to purchase their child’s Memory Boxes or make a donation, and all proceeds raised at the culminating event went towards local Alzheimer’s research. We encourage you to create your own Memory Box Project. The main premise of the project is simple: to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and funding for research. The project can be as similar to or different from the original project as you want!