Memory loss often means losing priceless life stories and information important to a family’s history. Sometimes, though, many of our ‘lost’ memories can be retrieved with a little help.
One way to awaken dormant memories is by stimulating our senses with reminders from our past. With one memory recalled, it often becomes easier for others to resurface as well.
Listed below are a few tips to help re-awaken memories from your early years. Before you know it, you’ll be reminiscing about your childhood and a lifetime of experiences you thought were lost forever.
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Tips to Remember Life Events
- Visual Reminders
Images are one way to trigger memories from our past. Start by reviewing old 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 past is lost forever. Reminders that stimulate your senses can often bring back memories so your life stories can be enjoyed by others.