When a loved one suffers from Alzheimers, the whole family is effected. Often, the changing stages of Alzheimers are marked by a renewed interest and focus on preserving family stories and history by those who realize how much stands to be lost.
If you, or someone you care about, has a loved one with Alzheimers or other dementia, sadly, there is nothing that can be done to restore memory. It is the degenerative nature of the condition. There are, however, things that you can do now, that may make it easier to cope with this loss and ensure that family stories, history and life memories live on forever.
Depending on the stage of Alzheimers your loved one is experiencing, you may find they are able to participate in activities that can help evoke memories and important information. Check out my article ‘10 Family History Activities‘ for a list of activities everyone from grandparents to grandchildren can participate in.
Or visit ‘Memory Loss: Tips to Remember’ for tips on stimulating the senses to trigger memories. Finally, read ‘For Elders with Dementia, Music Sparks Great Awakenings’ to be inspired by the power of music. Don’t forget to record the stories as they come forth so your loved one can be remembered for the full and vibrant life they once lead and their significant contribution to the family.
Living with Alzheimers is not easy, and the loss of memory and recognition may be one of the hardest things for a family to bear emotionally. You can, however, take steps now to gather and document your family history as you know it, and ensure your own memories are preserved for your children, grandchildren and generations to come.
Capture the life story of a parent or grandparent
for your family to know and celebrate.
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