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Saving Your Family's Stories: Why It Matters

#familyhistory #genealogy  #lifestories

"Why should I tell my life story?" It's a good question, one I hear frequently. I can easily rattle off several reasons:

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Volunteer programs for hospice volunteers

One of the challenges that hospices face is finding a simple to manage way of promoting engagement between #hospice #volunteers and clients. One of the best ways for people to connect is through life stories. "Tell me about your life" is such a simple but profound question to ask. However, it is sometimes difficult to answer because life is complex and there are so many aspects to cover. For those in hospice care, time is of the essence to tell the story--in his/her own words--before it may be too late. So hospice volunteers can play a vital role in asking the right questions to bring out the rich stories that older adults and really people of ages can share.

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Memory cues for Alzheimer's patients

One of the key outcomes of gathering life stories from a person with early-stage Alzheimer's Disease or the outcome of gathering life stories by interviewing a close family member to the client with Alzheimer's Disease is....having the essential memory cues to continue to connect and have meaningful conversation.

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The Experiential Model of Care -- Gathering the Life Story is Step 1

"Nonpharmacological Interventions Key To Model"

"The essential element in making the experiential model work is transforming the mindset of the residence’s staff from a medical/institutional viewpoint to one that prioritizes building meaningful relationships with each resident and partnering with the resident in each caregiving event and activity of the day.

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Improving Mental Health in Long Term Care and Hospitals Using Reminiscence Therapy

Health insurers are increasingly being measured for their ability to improve or maintain #mentalhealth.  With the growth of #accountable care organizations, the five star quality ratings, and the coming together of insurers, hospitals, physician groups, and senior care providers, it is important to note that health insurers have a key measurement from Medicare to improve or maintain mental health of patients. 

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Gathering Memories for a Grandparent's Birthday

Have you ever wanted to pull together a memory book with just stories, and memories, and photos to give to a grandma or grandpa for an important birthday? How 'bout a memory book for your parents' or grandparents' anniversary? Maybe it's a 90th birthday. Maybe it is a 50th wedding anniversary. It's always been a lot of work to trade emails back and forth to pull together a group's photos and memories for these special events. Also, you may have wanted a low cost way of doing it so that everyone can just print out the document or you can email them a PDF of the memory book.

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A nurse teaches hospice nurses as she lays dying

Amazing story of a woman who decides to help others learn about the process of death and cancer...as she goes through it every day.

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5 Tips for Writing an Autobiography

Have you been saying to yourself, "How do I write my biography?" Here's some ideas to get you started.

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Reminiscence Therapy for People with Dementia

Consider using reminiscence therapy with people who have Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia. Many long-term memories are still intact. 

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