16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner, and Town Hall Meeting | November 12, 2018
Save the Date!
The 16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner and Town Hall Meeting is November 12, 2018.
The event will be held at the Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire.
Please pre-register by November 5, 2018 by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (715) 839-4735 or online at www.adrcevents.org.
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Tisket a Tasket Make a Memory Basket
Did you know that one of the best ways to connect with your loved one with memory loss is to make memories with them? It's true, when you enter into their world and help them reconnect with past experiences, events, people, places and things you are in essence helping them to recall or recreate a memory.
One of the best ways to do this to gather items that are significant to them and then group them into a memory basket, below are some examples and ideas of what to include:
Wedding basket: a picture of your loved one in their wedding dress and/or of their cake; fabric from or similar to their wedding dress; a CD of old wedding songs; a candle that smells like a flower from your loved one's bouquet; old fashioned mint candies and an old bible with common wedding verses bookmarked.
Green Bay Packer basket: pictures of Green Bay Packer players from their time period (Fuzzy Thurston, Vince Lombardi, Brett Favre); a video of old Packer highlights; a picture of old Lambeau field; recipes of favorite tailgate foods; past tickets to the game; pictures of them at a game and of course a football.
Farming basket: a picture book of farm animals or personal pictures of your loved one's animals; pair of or piece of denim overalls, gloves or anything that they wore on the farm; pictures of them working on the farm; a picture of their barn; a jar of corn, hay, oats or whatever they grew on the farm; seed catalogs and a small tractor in the model that they owned.
What you put in your loved one's memory basket or box (shoe boxes work wonderfully too) should be relevant to your loved one and not necessarily to you. While it is OK to put current items in the basket, it is most effective when you use items from your loved ones past history.
As you are gathering the items, ask your loved one about the things you would like to place in their basket. You may find that the picture of them posed at the alter may not invoke as many memories as the one taken of them running down the church steps while being pelted with rice.
Lastly, remember that while what you put into the basket is important, it is not nearly as important as the time you spend with your loved one. When you sit down with them to go through their memory basket let them look, listen, smell and touch everything. Ask them questions about their feelings and remembrances. Just spend time with them, by doing so in the end you will both be making memories.