I’ve been so gratified to help families of loved ones with Alzheimers or dementia re-connect 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. But in addition, when Ursula is agitated and can’t remember where she is, caregivers find that showing her the video grounds her and brightens her mood.
What is a ‘Found Memories’ video?
Typically, it is a five-minute video with photos and music.
We also ask if you’d like to include a short video greeting.
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
- Optional video greeting, perhaps telling them you love and are thinking of them.
How does it work?
The videos play on DVD players, video frames and tablets / iPads.