This past summer my MIL was often asking me “who belonged to who”. She is the proud mother of 3, grandmother of 8 and great grandmother of 9 so you can see how that can all be confusing to person with dementia. We often wrote lists and family trees but I got the idea to make memory cards.
My hopes are that the visual representation of all her offspring will help her remember better or just make it more pleasing to figure out. I color coded each of her kids and their offspring so that we can make a visual family tree easier.
This was a very simple project to make. I just used photos that I had on my computer and found ones that I didn’t have on Facebook. Uploaded them to our local drugstore and had 4×6 prints made for $5. Then I mounted them on colorful scrapbook paper. The whole project took only an hour or two.
Penny is coming back to live with us in a few days so I’ll have to update this post to let you know how it goes. I already thought maybe I should have put everyone’s names on them before I sent them to print. All in all this was a cheap, easy project that I hope will bring some comfort and happiness to my lovely MIL.
Update as of 7/12/14: I just realized I hadn’t updated this post in a while. These cards have really come in handy with Penny. Sometimes she just enjoys looking at the children and other times she uses them to figure out who goes with who. It’s also a nice activity for interaction between kids and those with dementia as it teaches the kids as well about their family tree.