Capturing and Leveraging Memories
Poignant smells, familiar tunes, cherished objects and heart-warming stories have the power to summon memories from deep within, even for someone experiencing memory loss. Capturing and leveraging memories that trigger an emotional response can effectively help manage the behaviors of someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
Memories of “When I was young…” and photos of yesteryear also open a portal to the past where family members and friends can relive special moments together. Taking a trip down memory lane generates a warmth of familiarity and comfort—feelings particularly welcome in someone with dementia—and helps ensure that person’s contribution to the family’s history remains intact. The resources you’ll find in this section offer ideas and best practices for evoking memories to benefit a family member with dementia.
Capturing Memories for Someone with Alzheimer's or DementiaMake capturing and preserving memories for a family member with Alzheimer's a positive, meaningful experience by keeping these considerations in mind. read more
Alzheimer's Conversation TipsLearn how to ask good questions that will spark a meaningful conversation full of special memories for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. read more
Creating a Memory BoxFor a person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, the sense of touch can trigger memories in a way that other forms of communication cannot. read more
The Power of Smell to Evoke MemoriesSmell can be a powerful tool to stimulate the memory of someone with Alzheimer's because it can conjure quite distant - yet strikingly vivid - memories. read more
"I Will Remember for You℠" Alzheimer's Music Video"I Will Remember for You" tells the story of a couple touched by Alzheimer's disease and demonstrates the power of music to evoke special memories. read more