Scrap-Booking For Alzheimer’s!

I’ve been bitten by the scrap-booking bug..

I’ve recently come across hundreds of pictures from when I was growing up, from when my Dad was growing up and from when my Nan and Granddad were growing up too! (Admittedly there’s not many of the latter but really did you expect them to photograph everything? There was a war on!)

Rather than leave them all to gather dust in their many albums and cases I decided to scrapbook them because really is there a better way to showcase photos?!

As I’ve been going along and finding more and more precious memories of my childhood I’ve been taking my scrapbooks in to show my Granddad, since he features in one way or another on I’d say about 90% of the photos (whether that’s because he’s in the photo, it was taken in his house / garden or it was somewhere we went together).

I found that although his eyes aren’t what they used to be and he often has trouble making the subject of the photographs out that if I explain the picture to him and talk to him about it, maybe talking about what we were doing or where we were it triggers memories that Alzheimer’s has yet to destroy and we can reminisce for a little while.

It’s been really lovely for me to sit and talk about my childhood with him again and to think that although he may not remember all he still remembers some of the good times we had and we can still laugh about things!

Not only is scrap-booking a wonderful opportunity for me to look back and laugh at how simple, happy and carefree my life was when I was younger but it’s provided me with the chance to make my Granddad happy and help him momentarily remember things that he had otherwise forgotten.

I think it’s a wonderful idea for anyone who is caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or maybe just an elderly person to look back on reminisce on the good times because hell knows there’s no fun in growing old and becoming a mere shadow of your former self.

You know I always love to hear your opinion on things like this so tell me what fun things do you do for the people with Alzheimer’s in your life? Or even just for the elderly? Comment below or tweet me @MissCharlotteEm I’d love to hear from you!

xo

 

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