Jun 14 Managing Dementia With Video
Memory Loss is Not Always Forever
Everyone forgets things at times. Some memory loss is common in our busy lives.
You have, for sure, misplaced your car keys sometimes? Or, maybe you’ve forgotten the name of your new neighbor recently.
Some degree of memory problems is a common part of aging and you shouldn’t worry too much about that.
Unfortunately – in some cases – those memory problems are associated with dementia and some serious medical conditions.
Timelines of our lives define us
Knowing exactly where we are on a timeline of our lives is an important part of our personal identities.
What we were doing yesterday and what we will do tomorrow determines who we are today and who we are in general.
But what happens when someone – for any reason – can’t recall his or her memories?
How can we help?
What can we do if that condition is serious and if it affects our closest and dearest ones? Is there a solution… Any kind of a solution?
Helping one with dementia or some memory loss is possible
Causes of memory loss are many. But regardless of the reasons why amnesia occurs, helping the ones in need becomes the most important task for their family members and closest friends.
This task isn’t an easy one. It’s perhaps one of the hardest there are.
But helping is possible.
Videos and photos stimulate patients’ minds
It’s because people are visual beings.
We remember visuals far better than words. Our brains are made to work this way. Before we were able to talk we were able to watch. And watching is our primary sense.
Studies have shown that people have an extraordinary ability to recognize pictures they’ve seen before.
That’s probably one of the reasons why reminiscence therapy is so popular and effective.
This therapy uses prompts such as pictures from dementia patients’ past, their favorite songs, music, videos, and movies – everything and anything that can trigger positive emotions in patients and encourage them to talk more about past times.
This allows patients to relive the positive moments from previous periods, it helps improve their mood and fire up positive thinking. Consequently, that leads to much more engaging and meaningful conversations today and eventually it enables dementia patients to connect more effectively with their loved ones.
One recent experiment organized by INECO Foundation – Argentina’s principal player against mental illnesses – used colored pictures from patients past to help them recall lost memories.
The result was extraordinary positive. Colored pictures helped patients to rediscover themselves exactly as they were during their youth – energetic and vivid. This resulted in some truly emotional moments for patients and their closest ones.
Videos go far beyond
If only one picture can make such a significant impact on dementia patients’ mood, we could not but wonder what vibrant videos and moving pictures can do for those suffering and their closest ones.
Videos are even more powerful.
Videos allow us to stimulate patients mind not just with the colors and with one moment in the past but rather with whole episodes composed of important moments.
They also let us incorporate several memory triggers together – vivid colors, movements, facial expressions, favorite music… Therefore, dementia patients can watch, for example, their grandchildren playing in the park where they used to take them often while at the same time they listen to the song they enjoyed singing to them the most.
This altogether can be much stronger mood improvement for suffering ones.
Preserving today’s precious moments from fading away
Maybe even more importantly, videos let us preserve special moments today. This helps recall those moments in the minds of dementia patients more easily later in the future. Also, capturing precious moments today, and presenting them in engaging videos – dementia patients can watch often and can help slow down the process of burying those memories in patients’ minds.
Precious moments of our loved ones can’t be stored in their minds any longer in these cases – they’ll keep fading away with every new day to come and eventually will leave them robbed of everything important they’ve experienced in their lives.
That’s why creating some kind of “external memory stock” is important and useful. There are many ways to accomplish this:
- Create an electronic or online folder with photos and mementos from your loved ones’ lives,
- Keep a diary and describe all important events in their lives in it,
- Create a special box and use it to save photos, postcards, letters, news clippings, greeting cards or
- Use a video to tell your loved one’s story
By interviewing your loved ones, and letting them tell their story, engaging them in meaningful conversation and capturing it in the easily consumed video you’ll record everything that is left in their minds in a format that is the most stimulating and ensure those memories are safe – far from “memory loss shadows.”
But most important memories that are perceived this way – externally – in videos – can always be “recalled” and “relived” quite simply and easily whenever there is a need to that.
But there is even more…
With videos, you’ll save those memories for yourself too
By creating this kind of “treasury” comprised of your loved one’s memories shows you respect their legacy and it can serve you as a reminder who your closest ones were before the illness has occurred and started erasing their personal identities.
Alkaye Media Group – helping the ones who need the most
Helping the suffering ones live their lives with dignity is the most precious gift anyone can give to them and video lets you do exactly that.
Videos let you save a part of patients personal identities safeguarding from getting lost due to symptoms of the illness and allow those in need to live higher quality lives and spend better quality time with the ones closest to them.
Alkaye Media’s sister company, Sound Memories, has been creating videos for almost 40 years and throughout that time we have captured many important moments of our customers’ lives. People treasure their history and Alkaye Media takes great care to be sure those memories last for future generations. Here is a testimonial from one of our clients.
We know how memories are invaluable and how it is important to save them from fading away. But, most importantly we know how evoking pride, self-esteem, and awareness of personal accomplishment is significant to those who are – unfortunately – forced to forget who they were and what they could.
That’s why Alkaye Media Group is proud to be in the Video History Business that can help the ones who are in need the most save their “treasury” threatened to be robbed by the symptoms of illness and to empower them with the courage to keep fighting memory burglars with the dignity and the self-esteem they deserve.