Posted on May 08, 2014
Picture Perfect Memories and In Home Care for the Elderly
The saying goes that “a picture is worth a thousand words”; and a picture that captured something special can bring back a fond memory that might otherwise have been forgotten. A photograph of a time in our past can evoke feelings of togetherness and love. When we surround ourselves with images of our family and those that we cherish, we tend to feel like we are with them even if they live far away.
If you are often in the company of senior loved one who might appreciate a trip down memory lane, take a look through some of their boxes of memorabilia in the attic or basement. Most of us have a pile of photographs we have forgotten about and would love to sit and reflect about past times if we had a chance and someone to tell.
These long forgotten photographs need some attention and some appreciation. Pictures recount the tales of days gone by and may help to draw out some stories in a senior loved one who might otherwise be at a loss for words. If your senior loved one has lots of photographs, it might be a more pleasurable experience to see these memories in an album. If you are experienced with a scanner, these photographs can be placed in a custom-made book created online. This book can be reproduced easily and shared with anyone in the family who might be interested in owning a piece of family history.
When a loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease, it can be very difficult to recall a time in the past. If memory loss is a complication in an elderly loved one’s life, you may find it hard to connect. Photographs from family gatherings and occasional visits can be used as memory prompts when your elderly loved one is struggling to recall a once-familiar face. Photos can act as triggers to make visiting time with loved ones more useful and satisfying as they are better able to recall past activities and family members. Studies have found that reminiscing about past accomplishments, good times and fond memories can stimulate better mood.
“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ? Karl Lagerfeld
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