Scrapbooking and relating family stories appeal to many Alzheimer’s patients. Even though they can’t completely follow these activities, whether in their home or a nursing home, they do enjoy the times they are focused.
I’ve taught scrapbooking and family history activities at a local nursing home and enjoyed this experience as much as the patients seemed to.
We made a scrapbook with a page for each resident who attended the sessions. Using photos taken by the nursing home staff over a period of time, an activity coordinator and I arranged the pictures, chatted with the residents about them, and encouraged each patient to choose colors and embellishments. Each did as much or as little as they could.
We kept the procedure very simple. using materials I compiled. I also provided a family history questionnaire that we filled out with the patients as they finished the scrapbooking page. They really enjoyed chatting about the memories these questions evoked.
The scrapbook we produced was kept at the nursing home, as something the residents could look at again and again.
Does anyone have similar experiences they would like to share?
(I do put together the supplies for these scrapbooking and family histories, along with instructions, so others, in their home or in nursing homes, can become involved in activities of their own.)