Recently I had the chance to visit my grandfather in his memory care home. It had been a number of years since I had seen him, so the changes in him were overwhelming evident. I knew going in that he would not be the person I remembered as a young woman. I also knew that he was still a human being with experiences and thoughts and feelings.
We had a nice chat about his crackers and whether or not he was enjoying them. There were so many things I wanted to ask him and tell him. But I knew that what he needed was far more important than what I needed. Just my being there and talking with him was enough.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that he still had his wry sense of humor intact even though I wasn’t part of his memories anymore. As sad as I was and am, I am grateful he is in a place that honors him as a person.
Working with people who are experiencing memory loss changes the conversation quite a bit when it comes to helping them tell their stories. The goals are drastically different than those for someone who still has their memories. I’ve written more about that here. Suffice to say that it isn’t about the memories from before, it’s about remembering to connect with them each day, right where they are and not expecting them to perform for you.
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In the Legacy World
The past month or so has been a busy one on the website with a few updates happening and a consistent article coming out every few days. I hope you have a moment to check out the face-lift happening on the website. Here are some recent highlights from the blog
The rest of the month’s publications will be focused on talking about love and the moments that make us smile. There will also be info on Leap Year and where it originates from.
5 Minute Storytelling
If you are looking for bite size options to integrate into your daily activities, you can find audio recordings on 5 Minute Storytelling topics like
If you have a request for a specific topic, do let me know. You can do that by hitting the messenger bubble and putting your request there.
Have questions about how Legacy can be a resource for you or someone you work with? Reach out! I’m always happy to point you in the right direction.
If you want to take a deeper dive into helping someone you love tell their story, then the Legacy Recorder Community Guide is the way to go. You can pick it up for $15. You can get your hands on that here. If you already have a copy, thank you!
The 5 Minute Storytelling Scripts mentioned in the podcast episodes can be found here.
There is a brand new book (journal!) that can be purchased through Amazon. It is a companion to the book linked above.
For Activities Staff and Directors
The Legacy Program & Activities Package is live. The package includes worksheets, specific instructions for sessions (agendas!), activity suggestions, and how to execute an engaging storytelling experience.
If you have questions about what’s included or want to ask about something else for your program, please use the messenger chat bubble to get in touch.