Traditionally, autograph books were small books with blank pages to collect personal messages and well-wishes from colleagues and friends. Revive this much-loved past-time of a bygone era with elderly residents!

Traditionally, autograph books were small books with blank pages to collect signatures, personal messages, and well-wishes from colleagues and friends. These personal mementos were exchanged and collected for friendship’s sake and to keep the addresses of new and distant friends.

This article includes history, trivia and samples of autograph entries.

Hold a reminiscing session with a group of clients and read some of the autograph entries supplied from bygone days. They may be encouraged to revive this lovely pastime. This is a worthwhile activity to enjoy with elderly residents!

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Maggie 24th May 2017
I had this session this morning with my residents and it was a huge success. One of my residents still has her autograph book and showed it to me this afternoon. It was given to her by her mother in 1934. What a wonderful memory to have for herself and to pass onto her family. We are going to use this idea for a craft session as well.
Thanks for the great idea.
Talita 24th May 2017
Wow that's amazing, 1934! Thanks so much for sharing Maggie.
Lorraine 23rd May 2017
What a great idea with autograph books reminiscence session. I will use this session in our next group activity.
Talita 24th May 2017
Thanks for your feedback Lorraine, we'd love to hear how it goes!
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