Dementia Patient Photo Albums
Forgetting names and faces is a common theme with Dementia patients. My Mother is currently dealing with memory loss. Names are slow to come and some faces are not as readily remembered.
To help Mom remember faces and family member names, I crafted a photo book for her as a Christmas gift. The process was not difficult or too time consuming. I kept it simple to reduce visual confusion. The focus of the Photo Album is the faces and names of loved ones.
The Album Itself
It is important to keep the living space of a Dementia patient free of clutter. It helps them function more effectively and provides fewer visual distractions. With this idea in mind, I chose a smaller album for my project. It will fit nicely in a small space. With a larger album, I could use several photos on one page, but chose to keep it simple and place one photo on each page. One picture per page also allowed me the space to write names in the margins.
Beginning Your Album
The most difficult and time-consuming part of this project is gathering the photos. Digging through boxes of photos can be a project of its own. After finding the photos, select the order you desire to glue them in your Album. If you prefer, spread your selected photos out on the table and choose pictures as you go.
You might like to post a special picture on that first page. Using photos with the patient and family members together can be an effective way to express the special relationship of those individuals. I selected a favorite picture of myself and my Mother for that first picture. It was easier to choose other photos after that one special photo was in place.
Assembling Your AlbumClick thumbnail to view full-size
How To Assemble Your Album
Using glue sticks designed for photos, I liberally covered the back of the photo with glue. Covering the entire surface will assure that your photo remains where it is placed. Before placing the photo in the album, I used a sturdy black pen to write the name or names. Some photos allowed me to write in the photo background on the photo. Portrait shots usually have lots of background space for a name. If you want to be creative, yet simple, use another color of ink.
In addition, I placed some simple stickers on several of the pages. They were reflections of the season with winter birds, birdhouses and Snowcovered mailboxes. I kept it very simple and did not let my pages get too 'busy" looking. The stickers were used where there was a lot of empty space and added a bit of color where needed.
Finishing the Album
After all of the pictures had been glued, labeled and placed in the Album, I finished the Album with a few more stickers on the front and back inside covers. This helped to carry a theme throughout the album. To finish, I wrote a short note with the date of the Album for future reference.
This album will serve as a great item to be passed through the generations as all of the pictures are labeled. As our families grow older and marry and have children of their own, it often becomes difficult to remember the children's faces when they were very young. This album will bring back those memories for many years to come.
I expect this fun gift to bring a smile on Christmas morning. I will not share my purpose for making the album, but will enjoy the pictures with her as she thumbs through.
This project can be completed in a day or spread over several days. It was a fun and easy project that I will most likely make for other aging family members in the coming years. Enjoy!
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