Memory loss can mean losing priceless memories. Memories you may want to share with your children and grandchildren such as stories about your childhood or memories of your family history. Often, many of our ‘lost’ memories can be recalled with a little help.
As a Video Biographer, my job is to help people remember through my questions. But there are other ways to bring memories back as well.
Dormant memories can often be recalled with reminders from your past. Below are a few ways to help you reverse memory loss. Before you know it, you’ll be sharing stories of your childhood with your children and grandchildren you thought were lost forever.
~ Memory Tips ~
- Visual Reminders
Images are one way to trigger memories from our past. Start by reviewing old magazines, family photos and home movies. Try turning off the sound when watching the movies to allow yourself to focus on the images. Also look for photos of places, events and items from your past by doing an online Google ‘Image’ search.
- Auditory Reminders
Sounds, music and voices can also trigger memories. This time, close your eyes when running your home movies and listen to just the audio. You can also find music, commercials, newscasts and radio shows from your youth by visiting ‘Old World Radio’.
- Tactile Reminders
Holding and touching physical objects from your childhood can also help to bring back lost memories. If you don’t have anything lying around, visit an antique store, nostalgia shop or check out Ebay.
- Olfactory Reminders
Did your mother wear a certain perfume? Did your grandfather smoke a pipe? Does the smell of gingerbread remind you of your grandparents during the holidays? Think about the smells from your youth and find a way to recreate or revisit them.
- Taste Reminders
Many people recall the joy of buying and eating their favorite candy as a child. Recreate some of those experiences by visiting ‘Old Time Candy’ where you can buy candy from every decade. Or, for something a bit more savory, track down the recipe from your favorite dish mom or grandma used to make.
Memory loss doesn’t have to mean your history is lost forever. With these memory tips, you may be able to trigger your senses to bring back priceless memories to share with your family
~ Legacy Videos ~
Give your family the gift of a lifetime by capturing your life story and family history in a Legacy Video!
Here at Family Tree Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed (or Zoom) interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful “Moving Portrait” capturing you sharing your life story and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
To learn more about capturing your life story in a Legacy Video, visit us at FamilyTreeVideo.com.
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