Visual aids play a key role in helping those with dementia to reminisce about happy times of their life, as well as helping them to remember those close to them.
There are a few different ways these memories can be stimulated using photography;
A Personalised ‘Story Book’
A popular way to use photographs to provoke memories of the past is creating a personalised ‘story book’ of the person’s life using photographs organised in a time line. A written description of the event pictured can help to connect the memory to the image. Photos used in this story book could be family shots, friends, streets they used to live on or places they worked.
A Camera and Journal
Everyday we meet new people and experience new things, giving your loved one a camera and helping them to put together a pictured journal could be beneficial to helping them remember day to day events.
Most smart phones now have quite high quality cameras however the may present problems in printing and collating if the person if not very technically able. A polaroid style camera could be a good option for instant physical photos.
A Digital Photo Frame
Digital photo frames can make for an ideal way to store photos, especially if you worry they may be lost or damaged. Digital photo frames mean that you can easily upload lots of images that can be scrolled through.
These are usually designed to be displayed and automatically change, depending on the progression of the person’s dementia this may cause some confusion and distress. Going through photos with your loved ones and being able to explain the context would be better for those with more advanced dementia.
A Film or Slideshow
Creating a movie can be a great option if you have any nice video clips of your loved one or their family but even a simple slideshow with overlaid text describing the event or people pictured. These can be quite easy to create using iMovies or Windows Movie Maker and you could even put their favourite music in the background.
If yourself or a loved one could benefit from extra support around the home don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Care Advisors for a no obligation consultation. We have over 20 years experience in providing person-centred care to people with dementia and are committed to high quality care services.