Stories are the language of experience - the language of the heart.
The Recollections Program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region helps individuals with dementia (participants) to document their Life Story, creating a keepsake book that they can cherish and share with others. Recollections is a chance for individuals in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias to share their stories and personal history to help preserve their heritage. There are many wonderful aspects of creating a Life Story book. The process of reviewing one’s life is therapeutic in helping a person to remember old stories and times and potentially attach new, more positive meaning to them. In addition, reviewing one’s life is great for utilizing long-term memory and stimulating the brain. Likewise, the process of creating the book requires one to use communication skills by conversing with another person.
During the 6 week program, each participant will be matched with a trained volunteer. During each 1 hour session the participant and volunteer will work together to complete one topic for the Life Story book. Participants will select topics they would like to include in their book and be provided with cueing questions to spark memories/information for the topic page.
At the end of the program participants will be provided one computer printed book of between 10 and 20 pages. As well, a computer disc with an electronic copy of the book will be provided for participants to print copies of the book on their own if they wish.
Sample Life Story book pages
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories."
For more information please contact:
Sarah Putman, RSSW, BA
First Link Coordinator
905-687-6856 ext. 536