Guardian Express - - WA SENIORS WEEK -

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 alzheimer­ or call 300 66 77 88.

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