Alzheimer's and memories: Use mementos as cues
Memories can be preserved in many ways, from scrapbooks to recorded interviews. Here's help documenting your loved one's life story.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
Life is like a tapestry, woven from memories of people and events. Your unique tapestry reminds you of who you are, where you've been and what you've done.
Sadly, Alzheimer's disease gradually takes these memories. If you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, you can help him or her cope with the onset of memory loss by creating a tangible bank of memories.
Store memories externally
Memories can be preserved in many ways. You can:
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- Display or keep an electronic folder with photos from your loved one's life, including photos of family members
- Write down descriptions of important events in your loved one's life
- Create a scrapbook or special box with photos, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards, greeting cards, sketches, poetry and musical verses
- Make a video or audio recording of personal stories
See more In-depth
- Making a memory book. National Institutes of Health. http://nihseniorhealth.gov/alzheimerscare/dailyactivities/video/b5_transcript.html. Accessed Sept. 4, 2014.
- Egan M, et al. Methods to enhance verbal communication between individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their formal and informal caregivers: A systematic review. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 2010;2010:1.
- Brackey J. Creating Moments of Joy for the Person With Alzheimer's or Dementia. 4th ed. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press; 2007:152.
- Memory loss and confusion. Alzheimer's Association. http://www.alz.org/care/dementia-memory-loss-problems-confusion.asp. Accessed Sept. 4, 2014.