Alzheimer’s Care at Home – Making a Memory Box
With Alzheimer’s disease comes memory loss. Making something for your loved one such as a memory box is a very thoughtful and loving way to help your senior keep some of their cherished memories alive. Family members can meet together to gather things that they think would be important to their elderly loved one so that a memory box can be compiled for them.
Making the box
How do you do this? First of all, think carefully about what’s important to be included in the box so that you can get a box that’s suitable and the right size. The box should be decorated in a nice way so it’s attractive and will last. Using acid-free paper or even cloth to cover the box and make it beautiful to look at is a great idea.
Selecting items for the box
Think about your parent’s favorite hobbies. Are there some items related to their past hobbies you could place in the box? Experts say that the sense of touch is very useful and important for bringing back past memories, so try to include lots of items that can be picked up, touched and felt by your loved one so they can remember the feelings of happiness attached to that object.
Think about tools or sports paraphernalia. If they loved golf, put in a golf ball. If they played tennis, put in a tennis ball or a tennis racket. If they crocheted or knitted, put in a ball of yarn and a small sweater or small blanket. It’s always better to include the original item they actually used, but if that’s not possible try to find a suitable replacement that’s as similar as possible. If they did ballet, put in their ballet shoes. The list could go on and on. The next set of ideas includes jewelry they wore, souvenirs from their travels or pictures and items that would remind them of places they’ve been to. Dolls or stuffed animals are also good to include.
Items such as postcards, ticket stubs or pictures are also a good idea to include. It’s helpful for your loved one to include a date on each, where applicable, to help remind them of when they went there. Add some notes to pictures to help them remember peoples’ names and the place the photograph was taken.
You don’t need long detailed descriptions for each of these items. Simply include some names, dates and places.
Making several memory boxes
If you are finding a lot of things that could be included in the memory box, you may want to make a series of boxes based on different themes. For example, a hobby memory box, a travel memory box, a gardening memory box.