For those living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other types of memory loss, it can be difficult for them to recall events or people from the past. A Memory Box filled with special keepsakes from past holidays, memorabilia, and souvenirs from special events, along with other significant items from the person’s past can help trigger recall and stimulate the senses. It can also provide you a valuable opportunity to learn about your loved one’s past.
The Memory Box can link the senior to something they love, or something that makes them feel good about themselves. They can help link a senior to their identity and help them feel connected to the things that they love. It can also help them recall memories of their family, their interests, or just history in general. Memory Boxes also help exercise touch and other senses, which are especially important as Alzheimer’s and other dementia progress.
To get started with your first Memory Box, it’s important to first figure out what items will hold special significance for that person. Some things you can include are seashells collected on a vacation, postcards from a treasured vacation, a favorite article of clothing, or a musical instrument. Anything you can think of that means something to the individual. Memories are not just visual, so be sure to try and include items with various scents, sounds and textures.
There are some things to consider when choosing items for your senior’s Memory Box. Try and be sensitive that items can trigger strong memories for the senior and focus on things that bring positive associations. Choose items that are easy to handle and not too heavy, while also avoiding anything that can be potentially dangerous, heavy, sharp, or precious. Keep in mind, the senior may not recognize items so attaching labels can help trigger their memories as well.
The possibilities for things you can include in your memory box are endless. We encourage you to try and collect a variety of things. Be creative! Encourage your loved ones to share the memories of each item with you, to inspire conversation and connect you further with your loved ones.
Our experienced staff specializes in working closely with dementia patients and their families to receive quality care in the various stages of cognitive and memory decline. We recognize the unique challenges associated with these and other aging related conditions. If you or a loved one are struggling, please give us a call at (203) 258-2640 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help.