Some basic tips for Memory Books in Dementia Care

When creating a memory book, there are a few important things to keep in mind. These will make your book as enjoyable as possible.

  1. Use a large, clear font. Avoid fancy script or crazy letters. Don’t make anyone strain to read your words.
  2. Dark text on a light background is much easier to read than the reverse.
  3. Keep your backgrounds simple. Let the reader’s focus be on the photos and text.What Not To Do
  4. Have plenty of white or negative space. Give tired eyes and brains an empty place to rest on the page.
  5. Keep the book at a manageable size. Square or landscape is much easier to handle than portrait layout.
  6. Include plenty of pictures of your loved one smiling. They don’t need to be recent (they may recognize their younger self better anyway).
  7. Stick to happy or neutral subject matter. Avoid historical events or people that are likely to cause distress or agitation.
  8. Use full names and give relationships in captions. If a new person is reading the book, they need to have cues to help talk about the people, places and stories.
  9. Especially on memory care units in facilities, belongings can wander. Have the book cover be distinctive with a photo of the owner and/or their name.SampleCover
  10. Be prepared to replace lost or damaged books. Don’t use a top of the line photo book printer for this copy (you can keep that version safe at home if you want it to become a keepsake).

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