Over the past three years, I’ve been so gratified to hear how families of loved ones with Alzheimers or dementia have re-connected through the videos we’ve created together. The ‘Found Memories’ videos helped loved ones in ways ranging from their becoming calm, to laughing and talking about previously lost memories. I want to share one story, Matt’s story:
Matt and his brother, Simon, each live a day’s drive from their mother, Ursula, whose memory is fading. She now lives alone with the help of caregivers. I worked with Matt to create a ‘Found Memories’ video to remind Ursula of happy memories between visits. Matt speaks about our process here:
Since Ursula first saw the video, she still enjoys seeing it and talking about it every day. In the times when Ursula becomes sad or tearful, the caregivers have found that showing her the video always brightens her mood and sometimes even brings her to laughter.
How does it work?
The videos play on DVD players, video frames and tablets / iPads.
Where do we start?
We help you include your loved one’s happiest memories:
- Photos – selecting ones to start conversations
- Favorite music
- Captions or even home movies
- Video greetings, perhaps telling them you love them and are thinking of them.
We create each video with care and compassion for your unique family and situation. The videos can play on any or all of these devices:
Tablets / iPads (YouTube)
Your personal, customized 5-minute ‘Found Memories’ video includes:
- Working with you and your family to plan your video
- Scanning and color-correcting your prints as needed
- Photo-shopping digital photos as needed