Dementia Patient Photo Albums
Forgetting names and faces is a common issue with Dementia patients. My Mother had severe memory loss. Names were slow to come and some faces were not as readily remembered.
To help Mom remember faces and family member names, I crafted a photo book for her as a gift. The process was not difficult or very time consuming. I kept it simple to reduce visual confusion. The focus of the Photo Album was our family, 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 into a small space. With a larger album, it was possible to use several photos on one page, but I chose to keep it simple and place one photo on each page. One picture per page allowed me the space to write names above or below the pictures.
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 for glueing them into your Album. If you prefer, spread your selected photos out on the table and choose pictures as you go.
Post a special picture on that first page. Using photos with the person and family members together can be an effective way to express the special relationship of those individuals. I selected a favorite picture of Mom amd I 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 each photo with glue. Covering the entire surface with glue will assure that your photo remains attached where it is placed.
Before placing the photo in the album, I used a sturdy black pen to write the name(s) of the person(s) in the picture. Some photos allowed me to write directly on the photo. Portrait shots usually have plenty of background space for the name to be written. If you want to be creative, use another color of ink.
To embellish the album, I placed simple stickers on many of the pages. They were reflections of the season with winter birds, birdhouses and snow covered mailboxes. I kept it very simple and did not let my pages get too 'busy". The stickers were used where there was empty space and they added a bit of color and interest to an otherwise blank area.
Finishing the Album
After all of the pictures had been glued, labeled and placed in the album, I finished the album by placing similar stickers inside the front and back covers. This helped complete my sticker theme in the album. To finish, I wrote a short note with the date of the Album for future reference.
This album can be passed down through the generations. All of the pictures are labeled. As our families grow older and marry and have children of their own, it often becomes difficult to distinguish young children's faces from one another. This album will provide memories and family information for many years to come.
I expect this gift to bring a Smile. Mom and I will enjoy her photo book as she thumbs through each page.
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 replicate for other aging family members in the coming years. Enjoy!