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.