When living with dementia it is important that each person maintains a connection with those around them. A great way to do this is to create a memory box. This will help you enjoy the present by exploring meaningful objects that reflect memorable aspects of your lives. It is also a good starting point to creating yours and your loved one’s life stories (watch this space).
You may wish to have smaller boxes dotted around the home and the garden (but don’t clutter) that may help towards keeping your care partner interested and engaged in a meaningful activity. Don’t forget it is not just about past memories, you may also wish to gather objects together that hold a meaning in the present day. Why not bring together Christmas memorabilia?
Watch this space for more information on understanding how dementia can affect you or your loved one and how to overcome some of the difficulties you may be experiencing. Finding the Light in Dementia: A Guide for Families, Friends and Caregivers gives valuable tips and suggestions on how to overcome some of the difficulties you may be experiencing. Publication in January 2018.
Jane M. Mullins is a dementia nurse consultant who has devoted over 25 years to the study and practice of dementia care. Through listening to and supporting people and their families during their diagnosis in memory clinics, caring for them in hospital and in care homes, she has helped throughout all of the stages of their condition.
Jane has uncovered certain common features that may help caregivers and the people they care for find better ways of coping. Her practice experience is backed up by expert knowledge gained from attending conferences, continuing education, lecturing and keeping up to date with research, as well as studying for her Ph.D.