Personal Life Story Collage
Creating people’s life stories is particularly important in dementia care as it enables us to see the person beyond the dementia. The process of making a life story enables the voice of persons with dementia to be heard. However, enabling persons with dementia to tell their own life story can be a challenge due to factors such as memory loss, dexterity and visual loss, and impaired ability to communicate. Joint authorship is referred to as a way of supporting the ability of persons with dementia to contribute to their own story.
Once you have taken your resident portrait photos, refer to the set of ‘Life Story reminiscence questions’ to get to know your residents further. Combine this with the selection of personal interests/ past hobbies colouring sheets and collage the personal life story with your resident. Print off your collage in colour, then colour in or paint colouring in sheet components. Place copy up in residents room and also in the communal dining room for all to see!