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Top 3 client gifts for 2011, thoughtful gifts from financial advisors to their clients

With the holidays right around the corner, what are some thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give to your clients? Whether you are a financial planner, estate attorney, or insurance salesperson, you are seeking the best gifts to give to clients. Your clients have lived fascinating lives--running businesses, leading in the community, enjoying their children and grandchildren through the years. As an advisor to your clients, you are concerned about your clients financial legacy and their family legacy too.

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Reminiscence Therapy, Dr. Robert Butler

Dr. Robert Butler, who passed away July 4, 2010, is credited with the idea that reminiscing could be therapeutic. Butler, a psychiatrist with a specialty in geriatric medicine, first spoke of the idea of a "life review" in the 1960s. At the time, psychiatrists did not think it was a good idea for people to always be "living in the past", but Butler disagreed and made it clear that reminiscence was a natural process of healthy aging.

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Mayo Clinic article explains the importance of life stories for people with dementia

LifeBio has been working with the Mayo Clinic for the past couple of years providing our Life Story Journals for people with early-stage Alzheimer's to capture their stories and memories. Read in this article as Dr. Glenn Smith describes the importance of connecting and recording what matters most.

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Laughter, friendship, and a "great sense of community"

I received this note from Jennie, life enrichment director....They have just completed their first Storyboards and had a LifeBio Celebration in health care.

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Daughter's experience with her father's LifeBio, sharing his Veteran's Story

I appreciated this note that I received from a woman who just ordered hardcover Legacy Books after typing in her father's memories at http://www.lifebio.com/.

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The Ripple Effect of Love - Culture Change and Person-Centered Care

I work with a lot of senior living communities, assisted living, and skilled nursing homes across the US and Canada. I have found that you can feel the difference when you walk into a community that loves and respects every person in the building.

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How Technology Changes Lives: Online Biographies Prove Useful for Person-Centered Care, Family Involvement, and Intergenerational Programming

LifeBio works with dozens of senior living and senior services organizations across the US and Canada. Here are 3 ways that technology impacts lives....

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3 tools for using reminiscence therapy with hospice patients

Autobiographies of hospice patients, biographies of hospice patients, life stories of hospice patients

There is growing interest in reminiscence therapy or narrative care in hospice care. Reminiscence is proven to lower depression, lower physical pain, and increase happiness in study after study. Hospice patients would benefit from a process that provides some structure for creating a lasting legacy. These tools for reminiscence therapy could be used in hospitals, hospice care organizations, or in long term care settings. Reminiscence works for people of all ages and it builds a bridge between younger and older generations too.

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ICAA provides successful programs for older adults & LifeBio is on the list

LifeBio is pleased to be included in the International Council on Active Aging's (ICAA) list of successful programs for older adults. To see the complete list, click here....

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Financial Advisor, Gift Ideas for Clients

With the holidays right around the corner, what are some thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give to your clients? Your clients have lived fascinating lives--running businesses, leading in the community, enjoying their children and grandchildren through the years. As a financial planner, you are concerned about your clients financial legacy and their family legacy too. Here are 4 gift ideas to consider:

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