Recently Greta told me about her latest scrapbooking project.
She used her family tree as a basis to create scrapbooks.
By scanning old pictures into her computer, she was able to make multiple copies for her children and grandchildren. So each one can have his or her own scrapbook of family memories.
Adding stories and embellishments helped make history come alive.
While Greta doesn’t have a memory problem or progressive disease, caregivers can also make scrapbook memories . . .
When someone you love is diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s Disease or any progressive disease, couldn’t preserving their memories through scrapbooking be an activity to help them feel useful and make happy memories?
More than one generation can get involved. Getting parents, children and even grandchildren together to create happy memories of working together to preserve the family stories and history . . .before disease robs you of that chance.
You can start with or without a basic family tree template.
For some families, it can be challenging to find a template that fits.
Why? Well sometimes there are blended families or more children in a generation that the “standard” family tree template provides. Sometimes a computer software program is the answer to customizing a family tree.
So decide how you’ll organize the information you have and are gathering. A family tree template or computer program is a handy tool to help you organize your information.
How Can Scrapbooking Preserve Your Family History Beyond the Usual Family Tree Template?
- Including photos. Most templates are a list of individuals with their birth dates, dates of marriage, and dates of death. In scrapbooking you can personalize this information, bringing it to life by adding photos and . . .
- Identifying the photos. Is there anything sadder than opening a box of old photos with people you can recognize as part of your family, but having no clue who they are? In scrapbooking you can label photos, even . . .
- Including stories. Including stories now while your loved one can still remember may be your last chance to preserve those stories. And finding your great-grandfather was a farmer might just explain your green thumb!
So scrapbooking can be a great way to get the family together to preserve family history, make everyone feel useful and create happy memories.
When you’re looking for ways to create happy memories while caregiving, you may actually also be looking for ways to overcome caregiver stress.
Are you tired, discouraged, easily upset?
Then maybe you’re feeling caregiver stress.
Hey, with all you do to care others it’s no wonder you don’t have time for yourself!
When you’re looking for ways to overcome stress, there’s a solution called The 21-Day “I AM a Gift to the World!” Challenge.
It’s fun, free and even has some great prizes!
For more information click on this link.
Keep knitting to your heart’s delight — or someone else’s,
Ina Gilmore M.D. (ret.)
Ambassador of Elder Care, HowToLiveOnPurpose.com
Founder, CaregivingWithPurpose.com and TheKnittingYarn.com
“The Knitting Dr.”
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