This project is simple and doesn’t require a whole lot of craftiness. Pick up a shadow box from your local craft store or use a shoe box you have lying around. Together with your loved one, fill this box with pictures and items that remind them about their lives. These items can be a veteran’s medal, a diploma, an old baby blanket of their child’s- anything that holds particular significance for them. An object with a familiar texture or scent is also a good addition. Pictures are important too - include photographs of them and their loved ones in familiar places: as a young adult at college, with their spouse on their wedding day, working at their profession or in front of the family home.
Once the box is complete, you can bring it out from time to time and discuss each object and it’s significance together. Who knows what stories may come from viewing one of the items. Having this collection of carefully selected items on hand may help to orient the individual with dementia and provide hours of meaningful conversation with your family.
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