ALZHEIMER’S WA

Joondalup Times - - WA SENIORS WEEK -

ALZHEIMER’S WA greatly sup­ports the idea of rem­i­nisc­ing for peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia through the use of life story books.

A life story book filled with pho­tos from the past can bring joy to a per­son with de­men­tia and help them to re­dis­cover a sense of be­long­ing.

Ear­lier this year, a life story was a great help for Perth res­i­dent Clare and her hus­band Ross, who is liv­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

Clare said she had booked a hol­i­day to Ire­land but had to put Ross into res­i­den­tial care for five weeks while she trav­elled. Their oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist sug­gested Clare pro­duce a life story book for Ross and his car­ers while he was in respite.

“I was very ap­pre­hen­sive about leav­ing Ross in res­i­den­tial care for an ex­tended pe­riod of time,” Clare said.

“But we put to­gether Ross’ life story book and he still now takes it with him when he goes to respite.

“It’s full of in­for­ma­tion and pho­tos about his child­hood, his par­ents, where he was born, what he likes and dis­likes.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about cre­at­ing a life story book, visit alzheimer­swa. org.au or call 300 66 77 88.

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