Create a memory board!
With the colder weather here, this is a great indoor one-on-one activity for staff to do with the individuals.
These are typically created following the passing of a friend or relative for display at the funeral or memorial service. However, after someone passes, there is often not much time to pull this together.
Instead, wouldn’t it be nice to create a memory board with the individual. They can participate in making it and can then hang it in their rooms, so they can enjoy looking at them.
Memory books/boards are often used with individuals with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, as well. It is a nice way to help them remember the past.
Obtaining photos: Isn’t it always fun to look at childhood pictures of yourself and your family!! Ask the individual’s family for copies of older photos of the individuals. With today’s technology, it is very easy to make copies of old photographs. For anyone who attends or has attended Maple Ridge or Princetown, there are significant photo libraries available there that can also be copied.
You can also include other items of importance to the individual throughout their lives (i.e. favorite sports team, animals, places, etc.).
Reminder: We are still collecting working digital cameras and scrapbooking supplies for use in this type of project. Please let me know if you have anything you would like to donate to the cause!