Create A Memory Book Your Parent Will Treasure
A wonderful gift for any aging parent is a collection of family photos. If you can create a single album with their life in pictures, it is something they will treasure. Even better, it is something they can easily take with them should a move be necessary to assisted living or memory care.
For those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, it is even more important. The sooner the better too. Many of those living in Mom’s residence have a scrapbook or two. Through most of the disease their eyes will light up to see the photos it contains. At this point Mom is past recognizing any faces, but it still seems to comfort.
Memories May Ease Anxiety
In some cases, a book with photos of their past can calm the anxious or aggressive. It helps to have things around them that they are well familiar with.
It’s easy to make one now too. If you can, include photos of their lives when they were children growing up, with their parents, siblings, friends. Then move on to their adult lives, and fast forward to their children and grandchildren.
You needn’t pay for photo printing these days. A printed copy from your computer will work very well. Family can email photos to you to include. It would make a wonderful surprise gift.
You can read the article here on Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine.
Do it Together
One way to make it even better is to do it with them. If you can accumulate the photos and label them with your parent, while they still have their memories, it will be even more treasured. I can see the faces, soft and smiling as they remember back to the time of each photo. What a treat for them to participate.
With Alzheimer’s since the more recent memories are liable to go first, having photos of their own childhoods will bless them. Seeing their reactions will bless you.
Another project more fun to do together
Memory books have been wonderful gift ideas for years now. Perhaps you and your elders have already started yours. What I have found is that they often get set aside until ‘later,’ whenever that is.
If you need some further ideas to ask your parents about, you can find a list in my article, questions to ask your Parents Now.
The next time you have dinner or coffee or tea with your loved one, why not pull out the book and work on it together. Memories are often sweeter when shared aloud with someone who is interested and asking. Believe me, you will wish you had one, filled with important facts and cute little details of your parents lives. While you are at it, do start one for your children now too.