Memory loss often means losing important life stories and family history. Sometimes, many of our ‘lost’ memories can be recalled with a little help.
As a Video Biographer, my job is to help people remember by asking questions. But there are other ways to trigger memories as well.
Dormant memories can often be recalled with reminders from your past. And often, when one memory surfaces, it becomes easier for other memories to resurface as well.
Below are a few tips to help you remember. Before you know it, you’ll be sharing memories from your childhood with your family that you thought were lost forever.
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Tips to Remember
- Visual Reminders
Images are one way to trigger memories from our past. Start by reviewing old magazines, documents, family photos and home movies. Try turning off the sound when watching the movies to allow yourself to focus on the images. Also look for photos of places, events and items from your past by doing an online Google ‘Image’ search.
- Auditory Reminders
Sounds, music and voices can also trigger memories. This time, close your eyes when running your home movies and listen to just the audio. You can also find music, commercials, newscasts and radio shows from your youth by visiting ‘Old World Radio’.
- Tactile Reminders
Touching physical objects from your early years can also help to bring back lost memories. If you don’t have anything lying around, visit an antique store, nostalgia shop or check out Ebay.
- Olfactory Reminders
Did your mother wear a certain perfume? Did your grandfather smoke a pipe? Does the smell of gingerbread remind you of your grandparents during the holidays? Think about the smells from your youth and find a way to recreate or revisit them.
- Taste Reminders
Many people recall the joy of buying and eating their favorite candy as a child. Recreate some of those experiences by visiting ‘Old Time Candy’ where you can buy candy from every decade. Or, for something a bit more savory, track down the recipe from your favorite dish mom or grandma used to make.
Memory loss doesn’t have to mean your history is lost forever. Reminders that trigger your senses can often bring back memories so you can share your stories with others.
~ Our Grandparents Stories ~
Share your memories and help preserve history through your stories. OurGrandparentsStories.org is a not-for-profit website capturing and cataloging memories of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s for younger generations to know.
To learn more, visit OurGrandparentsStories.org.
~ Legacy Videos ~
Capture your life story, family history and memories for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know.
Here at Family Line Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful “moving portrait” capturing you recounting your life story and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
To learn more about Legacy Videos, visit FamilyLineVideo.com.
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