Reminiscence kits

create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.

in Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties

What are reminiscence kits and what do I need to know about checking them out?

Reminiscence Kits are tote boxes filled with themed items that can be used by caregivers looking to create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.  Caregivers can use the items to initiate conversations and ask questions, encouraging memories of past events and activities that your loved one enjoyed in their younger years.

Reminiscence Kits can be searched for and requested via the ECRL catalog. Kits must be returned to any branch during open hours, as they do not fit in book returns. Patrons are asked to check the inventory sheet in the kit to make sure all items are returned.

Reminiscence Kit themes:

  • Cooking
  • Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Hunting
  • Outdoors and Handyman
  • Sewing

Need ideas for how to use the Reminiscence Kits?

For ideas on how to use these kits with your loved ones, see the tip sheet below. 

Funds made possible by an ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant in partnership with Cambridge ACT on Alzheimer’s and East Central Regional Library. Reminiscence Kits developed by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness.