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How to conduct an oral history recording

I've done many phone interviews or in-person video interviews with clients so let me share a few oral history tips from my experience. But first a word of encouragement. There is nothing like getting to know another person deeply. I would urge you to interview a relative, friend, or neighbor. Create an oral history recording as a volunteer service project. Just be sure you do it without delay.

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Reminiscence Therapy for Recreation Therapy

Reminiscence therapy activities, life stories for activities

There is growing interest in reminiscence therapy or narrative care in senior living and long term care health care settings. A holistic approach to care is key; the mind body connection cannot be discounted. To that end, here are four proven and universal tools for reminiscence therapy. There is also the option to become a LifeBio Certified Community and gain access to all the below resources.

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4 reminiscence therapy tools

There is growing interest in reminiscence therapy or narrative care in health care settings. A holistic approach to care is key; the mind body connection cannot be discounted. To that end, here are four proven and universal tools for reminiscence therapy.

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The Great Depression and The Great Recession

I suppose things could be worse.

It always amazes me to hear the life stories of people who lived during the Great Depression. The Greatest Generation grew up in those tough times. In Texas, they tell me about crawling through fields picking cotton as babes. In Minnesota, it is a similar story but they are picking potatoes. If they could earn just a few more pennies for their family's needs, they certainly did it. Once in a great while, they got to buy a piece of candy with those extra pennies.

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Real Stories of America: Irving Carlson

Irving Carlson, age 90, shares about his life as a farmer in Minnesota. He took the "Real Stories of America: 10-Minute Biography Challenge" in June 2010.

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Creating a Legacy

Writing down your memories helps to create a legacy. There is no one else like you. Only you can share your story and your legacy with your children and grandchildren. So what are you waiting for?

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Life Story Journal

LifeBio's new Life Story Journal will make it easier than ever for people to capture their life stories. It begins with some thought-provoking "warm up" questions and then proceeds with questions in a thought-provoking autobiography template on the people in your life, childhood memories, favorites as a child or teen, historical events, military service, love, marriage, children, grandchildren, hobbies, friendship, faith, values, life lessons, and more.

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Why Reminisce? Activity Ideas for Retirement Communities and Nursing Homes

Here are 3 reasons why some activity directors may hold back from beginning a reminiscence program.

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Brain fitness and reminiscence grows to address an aging population

There is increasing interest in brain fitness and reminiscence because of the need to stimulate the hippocampus area of the brain (where memory is stored) and the prefrontal cortex (where executive functions, reasoning, internal goal setting, personality, and decision making happens). One or both regions of the brain are typically impacted with Alzheimer's disease.

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Narrative care, narrative medicine, tools for building relationships and biographies

LifeBio is honored to have become familiar with the work of Dr. Bill Randall and Dr. Gary Kenyon, both professors of gerontology at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. There definition of narrative care is as follows:

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