My mother in law has been going down the road to dementia for a while. Just little things, but it's getting worse now. She hasn't been officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's or anything like that, we can just see a lot of the signs. Her mother had it bad, and we can see her going down the same path. My husband has just talked them into moving by one of the kids, and downsizing to a smaller home.
Now to my question. She's still lucid enough to have conversations right now, so today I asked her if I could have all of her photos. I told her I would organize them, get them out of those awful magnetic albums and make her some small books. I would then portion them out to the kids, and we would have that done. She thinks it's just to help them downsize, but my real motivation is that I know that pictures help people with dementia.
What I have in mind is probably just have photo books printed at Snapfish or somewhere instead of doing traditional scrapbooking. That way I could get a whole lot more pictures in a book, and it would take up a lot less room.
My though process is do a book of her early life, a book of his early life, one of their life together and one for each of the boys. She also told me that she had pictures of all the cakes she used to decorate, and I thought it would be fun to do a small one of those. While I am doing these, I hope to be able to have conversations with her and let her tell me some of the stories behind the pictures.
Have you ever done anything like this, and do you have any suggestions on something else for me to do that would help her as she becomes progressively worse?
I could not sleep last night because I thought of this during the night, and I feel a real drive to get this done now. Father-in-law is supposed to go home from the hospital today, and DH is taking him there. I'm going to have him pick up all the pictures he can tonight so I can get started as quick as possible.