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Creating a Memory Box

Sun, Jul 02, 2017 at 8:30AM

Creating a Memory Box


Looking for a summer project for your senior loved one? Try making a memory box. A memory box is a box filled with keepsakes from a particular moment in your loved one's life, used to connect them to treasured people, places, and events from the past.  A memory box is useful tool used to inspire memories and stimulate conversations, especially for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.


How to Create a Memory Box

It doesn’t matter whether you use a fancy hat box or a simple shoe box, just be sure it is the right size to fit on your loved one's lap. Next choose a topic or theme that will evoke special memories for your senior parent or grandparent. Consider picking a special moment in time, a hobby your loved one excelled in, a special interest, a place they visited, or proud event. Now fill it with keepsakes. Look for things that fit easily into the box, have texture, and evoke positive memories. It is helpful to label photographs or include a note with a description of the object and important dates. Be sure to leave out objects that are sharper or heavy.  Here are a few ideas for what to put in your memory box.

  • Newspaper clippings
  • Photos
  • Postcards
  • Recipe card
  • Letters
  • Artwork from children
  • Dried flowers
  • Baby toy
  • Souvenirs
  • Awards or trophies
  • Ticket stubs
  • Fabric piece
  • Seashells
  • Sheet music
  • Ornaments


Benefits of a Memory Box

Memory boxes are especially important for seniors with Alzheimer’s and those living in assisted living. Memory boxes aid in keeping cherished memories alive, in that the sense of touch can trigger memories and create a link to their history or past interests. The objects in a memory box can evoke feeling of happiness, as well as bring out a sense of comfort. Memory boxes are also perfect for sparking conversations when family visits or with caregivers. It is important that seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have opportunities to engage with others, and memory boxes help promote the mental and emotional stimulation they need.



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