Preserving Your Stories – Giving a Gift

Eunice K. Neubauer, CSA

Alzheimer's Care Facilities Twin Cities MNWinter is just around the corner. It is time to think about what to do on those days you don’t want to go out. The coming holidays can be a great time to capture and share those memories which may be in a form of a gift.

Knick-knacks Full Of Stories

Are their things in your home that have an interesting story?  Maybe there are heirlooms or simple knick-knacks that tell a funny story. One object can lead us to so many stories.

Involve The Family

You can involve family of all ages. Ask them what memories they have of certain items or places you went as a family. Have the family submit questions to you about when you were younger (before they were born). You could answer them in person when you are all together or write down or video your answers. If the story is attached to a specific thing in your house and to a specific family member, then maybe the story and the item can become a Christmas or birthday gift to them.

Ways To Capture The Stories

There are many ways to capture your stories from very personal handwritten scrap books and memory jars, to online created photo books or self authored stories to videos that you narrate. Or you can hire someone like celebrationsoflife.net.   If you want to do it yourself here are some of the online resources you can use:

Online Photo Book Creation

Family Story Books

Self Publishing

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