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YOU Are Special!

Each one of us is a wonderful, unique individual.  The way in which the people, places, and events of our lives have influenced us has made us who we are today.  How we interpret these events creates our world view.  Even so, there are many experiences that are universal, and remarkable historical events that we have all shared.  You are special - and people want to know your story!

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Writing Your Autobiography is the Beginning - Not the End!

It’s Time to Tell Your Story!
Have you ever considered writing your autobiography?  Or has someone ever said to you, “You know, you should really write a book!”?  Perhaps you are at the opposite end of the spectrum, and the thought has never even crossed your mind before.  Well, no matter who you are, or what walk of life you come from – it’s time to tell your story!

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"We Need to Talk" - All About Reminiscence Therapy

For thousands of years, people have shared stories around the campfire, the hearth, and the kitchen table.  We human beings are practically pre-programmed to enjoy telling and sharing our stories.   Taken in its simplest form, Reminiscence Therapy (or RT) is recalling and discussing the people, places, and events that shaped us.  More than merely retelling the same old story, however, Reminiscence Therapy delves deeper and is used as a therapeutic tool that improves mood, reduces the use of pharmacological interventions, and improves quality of life.  Plus, it’s fun!

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In Praise of Fathers…

 “As an early entrepreneur, my grandpa, Henry Deblieck, started a small dairy delivery business on the west side of Chicago in the early 1900’s. Every day he would buy milk and dairy products from local producers, then deliver them in his horse-drawn wagon. One of his stops was a local tavern."

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What's stopping retirement communities from telling life stories?

Here are 3 reasons why some retirement communities may hold back from beginning a reminiscence program.

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5 tips for writing an autobiography

When you are starting to consider writing your life story, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

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LifeBio Launches Road of Life Adventure Tour

In celebration of our tenth anniversary, LifeBio is launching the Road of Life Adventure Tour. During the national campaign, I will make it my mission to capture as many life stories as possible by interviewing subjects and teaching them how to write their autobiographies or the biographies of loved ones.

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New Chapters of Life Every Day for Boomers and Beyond

I recently came across an interesting U.S. News & World Report article. The article confirmed my beliefs about the increasing quality of life for aging Americans.

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Technology, brain fitness, relationships...oh my!

When technology bridges people together, it’s a beautiful thing. BUT….PEOPLE matter more than the technology. In fact, the most complex task for our brains is understanding another human being. That’s LifeBio.com’s favorite form of brain fitness!

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Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America! For decades, this organization has worked to develop core values in boys and young men throughout America by promoting character development through community service and leadership.

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METAMOR: a new word for positive, older people...GROWING older (not getting older)

I was thinking that there needs to be a new word to replace "senior" in our language. I was thinking that aging brings about change....physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual changes. The new word needs to describe that transformation....so I began to think of butterflies and the change they undergo getting there. Metamorphosis came to mind...and then "metamor" emerged from that word. Now, not everyone who is getting older can be a "metamor".

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Eventually it will never get done

Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the biggest problem when you're thinking about writing your life story (or you want to interview mom, dad, grandma, grandpa). The second problem is not knowing what to write.

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If I had a nickel...

If I had a nickel for every time that someone uttered the following words, I would be a very rich woman. "I wish I had recorded the life stories of _____________ while I had the chance." Then I normally hear about this incredible parent or grandparent who worked three jobs to keep the family afloat OR sacrificed everything so his or her children could go to college OR made the very best chicken dumplings OR played a mean piano.

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How to choose a quality memory book or memory journal

You may be interested in a memory book for your mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather. Not all memory books are created equal. Here is what to look for in a memory book or "memory journal" for your parents or grandparents. Sometimes having some structure makes it easier to interview a parent or grandparent. Here are some things to watch for when choosing a memory book or memory journal:

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Is your New Year's Resolution to write an autobiography?

Resolve to begin writing an autobiography. It's funny but so many people think they have nothing to say. I met a gentleman just the other day and told him about the work we do at LifeBio and how we've helped thousands of people with our autobiography template. He laughed and said, "I've got nothing to say."

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We've learned a thing or two. Wisdom is a good thing.

I'm a bit older and wiser now. This uncertain decade has taught me a few things. September 11th taught me that life is precious--every day is a gift. Jobs may disappear. Home values may drop. It's easy to be fearful and doubtful

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How to write an autobiography

Writing an autobiography really doesn't have to be rocket science. Here are 5 great tips to help you get started.

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All I want for Christmas is...

Dear __________________, (Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Sue, Uncle Bill or another loved one)

All I want for Christmas is your life story recorded.

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How to begin an intergenerational oral history project

1. Decide who will participate. Is there a likely connection between older adults and youth in your community? For example, a group of older people in your church and a church youth group. OR seniors living in assisted living and the high school National Honor Society.

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Capturing the Essence of Your Life

You are amazing. Simply amazing. There is no one else like you. You can describe people, times, and places that no one else could ever share. You are completely unique and you should write a book. If you've always wanted to capture the essence of your life (or even if you've never thought about it until right now), it's a good idea to write an autobiography.

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Celebrate Active Aging Week - Sept 21 - Sept 27

As a preferred vendor of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), LifeBio wants to encourage older adults to participate in activities that promote wellbeing the week of Sept. 21-27. Over 100 studies in the last 10 years have shown that reminiscence lowers depression, increases life satisfaction, and helps in building meaningful relationships.

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Dr. John Dykers' End of Life Plan from Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I'm so glad you brought up the end-of-life plan dilemma faced by "Aunt Thelma, Uncle John and Marie." I am a doctor, and my patients have universally embraced my own end-of-life plan as follows:

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New video on writing your autobiography

New video on the importance of writing your autobiography. How to write an autobiography is made easy.

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Interviewing a loved one - new video from LifeBio

Capture the life stories of a loved one

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Writing an autobiography has never been easier

How to write an autobiography? How do I write my life story? Well, it's not as tough as you might think. You can certainly do it yourself. You just need to know what to ask. Here are five sample questions to prime the pump of your memories. You can start TODAY.

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Benefits of Reminiscence for Culture Change/Person-Centered Care

This white paper will summarize the large body of research documenting the effects of reminiscence especially with older people in retirement community settings. These studies reveal that recalling and sharing life stories has the power to lower depression, exercise the brain, and engage those with dementia.

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Check out LifeBio's new COMMUNITY page

Retirement communities, senior centers, assisted living, skilled nursing are all fantastic places for LifeBio to be in action. Promoting innovation, wellness, brain fitness, and the importance of building relationships at any age! Autobiography for everyone!

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LifeBio Story of the Month - Mary Coombs

Grandmother and granddaughter connect long distance to discover each other with the help of LifeBio. Read more about Mary and her granddaughter, J.D.

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3 Tips for a Celebration of Life

Celebrations of Life can and should be expanded to include the life story, not just the pictures, of a loved one.

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4 Tips for Creating a Memory Book for Alzheimer's

People with memory problems can benefit greatly from creating a memory book, and many local Alzheimer's Association chapters recommend this. A memory book can benefit both the person with dementia and his or her caregivers.

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5 Tips for Interviewing Mom & Dad

5 Tips for Interviewing Mom & Dad

1. Don't delay and don't talk yourself out of it. It's time to capture mom's story in print, on video, via audio, or writing via the web. Mom's life story or dad's life story is far more interesting than you can ever imagine. Really and truly, your own parents can tell you things that no one else can share.

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Whose story do you want to capture?

Maybe you're thinking about telling and sharing your own life story. You've always wanted to write a book and LifeBio can help you take that first step by moving you step-by-step through the autobiography process.

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Take a Memory Journal to your family reunion

Reunions are a great place to use LifeBio's thought-provoking, carefully-crafted biography questions....Read on and start planning YOUR next reunion.

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Read $1,000 Tell Your Life Story Contest Entries

You'll be FASCINATED when you read about the ordinary, extraordinary people who have already entered LifeBio's 2009 $1,000 Tell Your Life Story Contest.

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#1 online autobiography site announces $1,000 Tell Your Story Contest

Tell your life story and have a chance to win $1,000 in LifeBio's Tell Your Life Story Contest. Just spend a few minutes typing approximately 2000 characters

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Writing an autobiography isn't rocket science anymore

If you're thinking about writing an autobiography or writing a biography for a loved one or using a memory book to capture your life story, look no further than Harold Benson's life story for inspiration.

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What You Might Learn from Your Parents and Grandparents

Back in 1993, I interviewed my grandma. I had the advantage of actually having a degree in English and journalism so I felt compelled to use what I learned to capture the life story of this very special lady. I grew up with her living across the street--so I really thought I already knew her well so the interview was just a good way to get it all recorded.

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5 Reasons Life Stories are Lost + 10 Sample LifeBio Questions

1. You may not think anyone wants to know your life story. You might think, “Who wants to hear about me?” Family and friends really do want this type of information recorded, but they may not have the time to help you do it. To your family and close friends, YOU are who they care about—more so than movie stars, sports heroes, or politicians. They would like to read your book. Too few people actually decide to move forward with their autobiographies. Only an estimated 6% of Americans capture their life stories. So many life stories are lost.

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What my paper route taught me about building community

Back when I was a kid, I delivered the Erie Morning News to about 35 customers in Erie, Pennsylvania each day. I walked or rode my bike around the block every morning through all kinds of weather. It was dark and stormy many mornings. The streets were sometimes covered with worms. Mom or dad would drive me in the winter time thankfully--especially with the big Sunday papers. In the summer, the weather was great but the ink would come off on my hands as the temperature rose.

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Family Gatherings are a Great Time for Capturing Life Stories

When you gather this Spring with family and friends, treasure those stories shared around the dinner table.

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5 Tips for Interviewing Grandma and Grandpa

1. Don't delay and don't talk yourself out of it. It's time to capture grandma and grandpa in print, on video, via audio, or writing via the web. Grandma's life story or grandpa's life story is far more interesting than you can ever imagine. Really and truly, your own grandparents can tell you things that no one else can share.

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LifeBio 101 Autobiography Classes are Forming Now

LifeBio classes are forming across the United States and recently Canada too. We're excited to see these classes start in local retirement communities, schools, libraries, and community centers. Typically, LifeBio 101 classes are eight weeks in length, with the last week being a time for celebration.

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MemoryBio unlocks the life stories of those with memory loss

MemoryBio, a picture-based reminiscence and journaling program for people who have Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and mild cognitive impairment, will be officially released by www.LifeBio.com at the American Society on Aging Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., in March 15-19.

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Grandma and granddaughter connect long distance using LifeBio.com

J.D. Whitman discovered the life of an amazing person, her grandmother--Mary Katherine O’Grady Coombs, when she began a school project using LifeBio.com.

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Tell Your Life Story Contest - in Woman's World Magazine!

Fascinating entries are just rolling in to LifeBio's 2009 $1,000 Tell Your Life Story Contest. It's FREE. Please enter now....we are going to be posting some of these amazing life stories soon at www.lifebio.com!

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