The most comprehensive journal offered in the LifeBio store is the Memory Journal. It contains over 200 questions that cover many topics, including your family, childhood, schooling, career, life lessons, and notable historical events. The journal available for purchase now in the LifeBio store was updated in 2017.
It was surprising to me to talk with an avid genealogist who couldn't see the value in writing her own life story. "Write my life story, why?" she said. I was puzzled. Why wouldn't a genealogist see the value in her own life story? Instead she was focused on uncovering the lives of her deceased relatives.
It is amazing when a person's life story can be built online. For many people, it is the only way to go, especially for those that want to avoid like the plague just staring at a blank sheet of paper wondering where to start. Why not use the power of a website to write your life story online?
“A picture says a thousand words,” as the saying goes. Many people have pictures from throughout their whole lives — boxes upon boxes (or computer files upon computer files) of baby, school, family, and holiday photos. And each one of these pictures inevitably can be linked to a memory or two.
Another of the many memory books offered in LifeBio's online shop is the Life Story Guide. This book offers a 25-question guide to provide an overview of your life and experiences. It also has an online template that corresponds, so you can even type your questions into the lovely format provided in a LifeBio online account!
One of the wonderful life events to celebrate is a wedding anniversary, and LifeBio has the perfect way to mark the occasion! One of the many story templates available with an online LifeBio account is the Love Story, which allows the writer to tell all about the special moments they have shared with their significant other.
Another of LifeBio's many physical memory books is the Faith Journal, which allows people to document the things that matter the most to them in their faith journey. It can even be used to bring together multiple generations to discuss their faith and topics surrounding it.
The Great Story & Your Story: Connecting the Bible to Everyday Lives is a unique journal offered by LifeBio. Unlike other memory journals in the LifeBio store, this one also serves as a Bible study guide. It was co-written by LifeBio founder Beth Sanders and Dr. Richard Morgan, a retired pastor and professor.
When your child is getting ready for high school or college graduation, a great milestone in life, it’s always nice to look back on how far they’ve come. For graduation parties or just for a sentimental keepsake for your child to take with them into the next stage of their life, a graduation memory book is a wonderful way to celebrate all that they have accomplished!
When parents or grandparents are in the process of moving from their homes, that is a great opportunity to hear all about the treasures and mementos they have collected over their lifetimes. That is where LifeBio's The Story of My Treasures memory book comes in to help!
At a Celebration of Life, it is common to see displays of pictures and other physical mementos of your loved one, but wouldn’t it also be nice to include their memories in their own words? This is one of the many benefits of memorial books, which you can begin compiling long before the end of a life.
There are times in our lives when we all feel lonely. Sometimes, our loss is profound: the death of a loved one, the breakup of a relationship, starting over in a new environment. Other times, we may simply feel “out of step” with the way everyone else appears to be behaving, or feeling, or with life milestones that others may be accomplishing but which we haven’t quite gotten to yet. Whatever the reason, though, know that loneliness (on occasion) is normal.
People avoid things that are uncomfortable. Visiting a loved one in a nursing home is something that many people dread. However, humans are social creatures; we need interaction and touch to thrive. Your visits are incredibly important! So what can you do to make your visit more enjoyable for everyone? Try these tips to get started...
"After the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941, I wondered what I should do. I had already decided not to transfer to UC Berkeley in Agricultural Engineering for my third year, because of the unsettled situation. I had completed two years of basic ROTC training at UCLA, so my first action was to apply for Advanced Corps ROTC..."
When we talk about Person Centered Care and what can be done to improve quality of life in community and residential care settings, the overuse of psychotropic medication is a large concern. More than half of older adults who are admitted to nursing homes receive psychotropic medications within 2 weeks of their admission. However, the safety of these drugs with older adults is questionable.
Activities, such as dancing, and trips to places like the beach might help people suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's recall early memories according to a recent article, "Trip to the beach sparks memories in dementia patients" (October 8, 2017), that was published on the Bucks County Courier Times website.
In addition to the wisdom passed down, we now know that reminiscence and life review is a proven way for older adults to gain self worth, learn more about themselves, and give the gift of their stories to the next generation. Recalling life stories or even writing an autobiography should be encouraged at any juncture in one’s life, but primarily as people reach end of life.
Storytelling is powerful and it is natural. Why should it be encouraged? Because it is also good for people's health and sense of wellbeing.
Below is a roundup of some of my favorite solutions for innovations in memory care.
In 2017, the Washington Post published an article online titled "How to maintain, or even improve, your memory as you age" (June 3, 2017). The article outlines a few simple things that can be done to help your memory.
Board Certified Music Therapist Natalie Spencer of Moorings Park found that she was having challenges coming up with ideas to stimulate meaningful conversation with some of her participants during their sessions. She mentioned this to the Director of Wellness, Celeste Lynch, who suggested that Natalie consider using LifeBio's Reminiscence Therapy program with her Music Therapy sessions.
An article published on June 26, 2017 by the International Business Times ("Dementia in Old Age Can Be Prevented By Cognitive Training, Report Says"), outlines a recent report that was released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine which details that cognitive training could help prevent dementia.
The results of a recent trial led at the University of Exeter, King's College London, and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust were presented at the Azheimer's Association International Conference. According to an article published on Science Daily, "Two 'care staff champions' at each home were trained over four day-long sessions, to take simple measures that such as involve talking to residents about their interests and decisions around their own care. When combined with just one hour a week of social interaction, it improved quality of life and reduced agitation."
LifeBio's Phone Interviews Gather Key Background
About one year ago, LifeBio began something NEW to assist our senior living clients with a key issue. With a special Permission Form signed, we began speaking directly with the FAMILY MEMBERS of residents with Alzheimer's Disease or other memory challenges.
31% of Americans report feeling lonely at least once a week, and in Great Britain, the issue is such a concern that a new Minister for Loneliness has been appointed. Astonishingly enough, 200,000 British seniors report they haven’t had a single conversation with a friend or a relative in more than a month!