Cambridge Public Library, a branch of the East Central Regional Library, is excited to introduce Reminiscence Kits to its collection. Reminiscence Kits are tote boxes filled with themed items that can be used to initiate conversations for people looking to create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Caregivers can use the items to engage the brain and ask questions. For example, with the Sewing Kit a caregiver could ask, “Did you do any sewing when you were younger? Feel this ribbon—what does it remind you of? Did you ever make an apron? Do you like this thread color?” Other kits themes include fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, and outdoors and handyman.
Create a story with the items in the Kit. Talk about all 5 senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound. Encourage your loved one to touch and handle the objects in the Reminiscence Kits.
Remember, the goal is to find something the person did in their younger life that meant a lot to them, helping them unlock memories. Be creative. Make your experience with your loved one using the Reminiscence Kits your own.
Watch a video introduction to Reminiscence Kits, created by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, to learn more.