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MEMORY CORNER: Create a Treasure Chest of Memories

Published: 06 February 2018

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by Brian Norris of Living Memories


Have you ever opened a drawer or box and discovered a small object that you haven’t see for ages, which brings back memories of a particular event or thoughts about a friend or relation?

If that happens to me until recently I would have put it back where I found it, then forgotten where I had put it. Now, thanks to my frequent contact with people living with dementia who meet at Memory Cafés, I have started to put the small objects which have particular personal meaning in my Memory Treasure Box. Admittedly at the moment it is only a small cardboard box, but the items in it are worth their weight in gold to me.

I like the idea of preparing my own Memory Treasure Box, because I can gather together the things which mean most to me, rather than leave it until too late and then rely on someone else to guess which objects are of importance to me. Even in my later years if I don’t lose my memory at least I shall still have a box of delights that I can rummage through from time to time!

I have chatted about my Treasure Chest with several friends who have parents developing dementia, so they have now decided to create memory boxes containing small objects, photos, and other items that have meaning for the relation in question. The box contents can then be used by carers, friends and family members to stimulate conversation, while encouraging the owner to touch and relate to the objects.

This physical collection of memory objects can also be supplemented by a digital memory box on a tablet or laptop on which you can store favourite music, photos, video, games, audio books and e-books, plus links to websites and other information sources.

There is a lot of useful information online about creating memory boxes for children as well as for older people. It is also a great opportunity to use the memory box as a resource of family history as the years go by. A family tree is very interesting, but being able to see and feel the objects that a relation had played with or used every day helps to bring that person to life.

Examples of websites with information about making your own memory box include:

Twitter: @memorytriggers

©2018 Brian Norris All rights reserved.


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