What is the purpose of a Memory Book?
As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Bromilow Community Care relaunched its Memory Book initiative to help those who are living with dementia and memory loss. Here you will find the beginner’s guide to making a Memory Book.
The use of a memory book can greatly benefit a person living with dementia by allowing them to recall positive memories. This book should include photos and short descriptions of their past, allowing them to relive their best memorable moments.
Memory Books are a great way of encouraging conversation, as you flip the pages looking at photos you can ask open-ended questions such as ‘who is that?’ and ‘Where was this taken?’
At Bromilow Community Care, our clients put unique tokens and photos into a book with the assistance of their Support Worker to help those with dementia and memory difficulties.
What to include in a Memory Book
- Cover Page
- Name and photo of the client.
- Table of Contents
- Make sure to title and write the page number on each page.
- Personal Memories
- Happy events (Winning an award, party, holiday, or achievement)
- Childhood memories
- Family and Friends Memories
- Children’s names
- Spouses’ names
- Animals name
- Daily Schedule
- What time you wake up, go to bed, mealtimes, and activities, etc.
- Emergency Medical Information
- Name, age, and place of birth
- Primary Carer and Care Managers phone number
- Emergency contacts and phone numbers
- Medical conditions
- Surgical history
- Medications and dosages
- Date the list was updated
At Bromilow Community Care, we are passionate about going the extra mile for our clients. To learn more about us and the services we provide, click here or call 1300 158 242 to speak to one of our experts.
Memory Books are a wonderful way to record an individual’s personal history. By stimulating long-term memory, it helps those with dementia remember their past. During times of memory loss, this also helps preserve people’s identities and promotes their well-being.
If you would like to learn more about creating a Memory Book as well as access a free template, click here.