Memory loss can be very difficult and depressing not only for our clients, but for their friends and family members as well. It is difficult to watch family moments, vacations, weddings, and other special memories slip from our parents’ or grandparents’ minds. But the memories don’t have to be gone forever. There are ways to preserve these special moments and keep them alive for generations to come.

  • Write it down. Often times with dementia or Alzheimer’s, clients will slip into the past. During this time they can recall memories that they cannot in the present. If this happens, write it down! Keeping a journal is a great way to remember our loved ones’ past.
  • Picture perfect. Look for old photo albums. If you don’t have any of your loved ones, go to the library and check out picture books from the time of their youth (e.g., photos of the Roaring 20’s or war time). Share these photos with your loved ones and spark their memory. Head to a local Michaels or Joann Fabrics to take a scrapbooking or photo framing class with your client for an added activity! The Apple Valley and Burnsville locations of Michaels offer scrapbooking classes for only $5.00 on the first Saturday of every month.
  • Talk about it. Remember how your grandmother used to make chocolate chip cookies for you every time you visited? Tell her about it! Share the stories you know about your loved ones to help them remember how much it meant to you.
  • Visuals are key. We live in a time where technology is almost everything. Might as well take advantage of it. If you have old videos from your youth, share them with your aging loved ones. They will enjoy seeing the younger you and it could potentially strike up memories as well.

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