Reminiscing: How to Create a Memory Board

Reminiscing: How to Create a Memory Board

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Residents downsize quite a bit to move into a care home. Help them reminisce about their past while you learn more about them by creating Memory Boards!

Residents downsize quite a bit to move into a care home. Help them reminisce about their past while you learn more about them by creating Memory Boards!

In this article we cover:

  • Memory Boards are a Person-Centered Activity
  • How to Incorporate Reminiscing into the Activity
  • Supplies You Will Need
  • Interview Questions to Ask Each Resident
  • Instructions
  • Invite Other Departments to be Involved
  • Invite Family Members to be Involved
  • Hold a Gala in their Honor!

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Jean 15th Aug 2018
Two of my residents familys did something similar to this and typed out a sheet of facts:
My name is xyz: and I was born in 1346
'Important steps in my life'
they then listed the steps chronologically eg
1974 Sold my house in Baxter Avenue
1976 my daughter, Anne, was born
this sheet of facts is so much help to the dementia resident who continually asks the same question, where is this place, have you seen my dog, etc. we read through the sheet and explain they have probably forgotten because that happens when you get older. Straight away they feel less anxious.

Susan 13th Aug 2018
This memory board is also good to decrease problem behaviors https://www.goldencarers.com/how-to-decrease-problem-behaviors/5056/ because a resident can be brought to a quiet area with the board and a staff member before the behavior becomes problematic

Talking about the memory board will probably redirect and refocus the residents attention to what is on board and hopefully they will forget what upset them in the first place
Susan 12th Aug 2018
A board like this is especially helpful to those who have dementia. If it is in a residents room, it can start discussions with staff and visitors.
Remind all that you never ask a resident with dementia "Do you remember?"

Instead say "Tell me about"
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