What happened in history the day you were born? Which famous person shares your birthday? Curious? This Daily Reminiscence Calendar provides details about happenings for each day of the year. It is one in a series of reminiscence products designed so individuals of all ages can reflect back on the people and events that shaped their lives while keeping track of current events.
This versatile resource provides an event and several birthdays along with corresponding items to recall as well as conversation starters for each day of the year. There is a place to add appointments so this day by day calendar also can become a permanent record of appointments, birthdays of friends and family, other happenings or some personal reflections about the items mentioned for any particular day.
When I left this book with a home health patient demonstrating early stage Alzheimer’s disease, something unexpected happened when her daughters came into town for a visit. They had noticed lately that she was much less conversational but she did have preserved reading skills so they were pleased when she picked the book up and just started reading aloud some of the entries in the calendar. They took turns picking out dates and it evolved into an entire evening of sharing stories. One of the daughters felt so delighted they were able to see their mom more involved and it actually turned out to be a great intergenerational activity once every got involved.
Suggestions for senior centers and independent and assisted living residences include posting a copy of the current day’s details on a bulletin board or in the elevator to provide some varied conversation options. Sometimes an activity professional will try reproducing the appropriate page for a person’s birthday or use the questions corresponding with the information as part of a memory fitness group.
Offering this calendar with a CD provides activity professionals and speech-language pathologists with the opportunity to pick and choose specific dates easily. For those with access to reference materials or electronic devices, it can be an excellent chance to explore details about the mentioned events and people or perhaps find other things happening on that date.
The format with the fact of the day and birthdays of 2 well-known people followed by yes/no questions, multiple choice options, and a fill in the missing word activity provides some comprehension and memory activities. Professionals can use the recall questions for listening, reading, verbal or writing activities. There are many ways to modify each of the activities for those needing additional assistance by using yes/no questions or multiple choice options. The introduction in the book provides detailed suggestions on how to expand this product’s usage beyond a daily calendar.
When we share our stories, what it does is it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. Janine Shepherd