Gary Thorpe OAM
Gary Thorpe started a dedicated 24 hours a day, every day, nostalgia broadcasting service 15 years ago to address social isolation in the aged. The service has now expanded to 160 aged care homes across Australia via satellite and has now been developed as an app for people living at home. Three university research projects on the impact of Silver Memories as a reminiscence therapy service have shown a significant reduction in depression, anxiety and agitation in the aged. Silver Memories has been particularly helpful to people living with dementia especially during lockdowns as it has become a 24/7 companion.