ALZHEIMER’S WA greatly supports the idea of reminiscing for people living with dementia through the use of life storybooks.
A life storybook filled with photos from the past can bring joy to a person with dementia and help them 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 was required to put Ross in residential care for five weeks while she travelled. The couple’s occupational therapist suggested Clare produce a life storybook 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 storybook 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, dislikes, the people in his family, his children and grandchildren and some photos of Ross when he loved to sail.
“It’s something for Ross to read but also to share with others. Sometimes he remembers the photos, then sometimes it’s a bit harder, but it’s just such a great thing to have when friends and family come and visit or he has a new carer.” For more, visit alzheimerswa.org.au or call 300 66 77 88.