y Aunt was moved in to a Residential Home in February 2013.

A few months later, I was asked to complete a booklet, detailing such things such as:
  • Where she was born
  • Parent's names
  • Where she met her husband
  • Where she got married
... and so on. The idea was that the staff could use the details to sit down with her, and chat with her about her memories. It's supposed to help dementia patients relive the past.

Now luckily, Mum and Aunt were fairly "close knit" most of their lives, so I already knew quite a lot about my Aunt. But there were still questions I couldn't answer, such as where where she went to school, where she met her husband and so on.

It got me thinking

Perhaps there are other people who know even less about their relative's past, and who would find it extremely hard to recount incidents. Who know's that relative's past better than ... THE PERSON THEMSELVES

Obviously, it's too late to start filling in a life history once the person is in the throes of dementia ... so why not let the relative write a journal whilst their brain function is still intact?

And so it was that "Lifebook" came into being

Within its 67 pages are a number of 'sections'. The left hand page gives the user a series of 'prompts' as to what should be entered in that section, and then the user completes the blank pages on the right, (and on the next page if required)

For example, the very first section is called
"Your Birth", and prompts the user to write about ...
  • Date of Birth
  • The hospital you were born in
  • The town / city of your birth
  • Weight at Birth
  • Any illnesses / problems at Birth
  • Date of Christening or other religious act
Other sections include
    • Parents and Family
    • Your Childhood
    • Your Education
    • Working Life
    • Marriage
    • Children and Grandchildren
    • Retirement
    • Friendships
    • Hobbies and Interests
    • Travel and Holidays
    • Important Values and Beliefs
    • Particular Likes and Dislikes
    • Nicknames
... and a large section for people to write their own detail that don't fit other sections.

As you can see, it gets the person to think about their past, and write things down for posterity.

In essense, it builds into an autobiography of that person.

Should the day arise when the person develops dementia, relatives or care workers can consult the book, and then prompt a conversation with things such as:
"So, Daisy. What's the name of your life long friend ...?"

"What is your Sister's name, Elsie ...?

"What was your favourite holiday, Joan ...?"
You get the idea; using the book to act as a series of prompts.

And then, The Day will arrive.

The person's personal choice of music or send off might have been recorded in the book.
At the wake, distant relatives will be able to look through the book, and discover things about their relative;
"I didn't know Aunt Mabel was President of the local WI in 1998 ..."
"I didn't know she was a tennis champ in her youth ..."
And even further down the line, Grandchildren, Great Great Nephews et all will be able to learn all about their distant relative. Not from some dusty geneology report they unearthed at the Records Office, but a real book written in the person's own hand.

Here is a preview of the book

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