After my mom had a stroke, I noticed a significant change in her ability to hold a conversation or new memory – yet neither she nor my father would admit there was anything wrong. After years of supporting my mom, my dad lost his short term memory. I had two parents with no short term memory and a mom with dementia.
Luckily, I’m one of four siblings. However I’m the only one that lives near my parents. My siblings would come to town to help out with minor home repairs and doctor’s appointments, but we were unstructured and many items just fell through the cracks. I created a book that allowed us to track and manage all my parents personal, financial, medical, online and household records.
I was struggling with things to do when I spent time with my parents since they couldn’t remember the conversation we were in – so I started asking them about their childhood, college and family details. In addition to the great pictures my mom had collected, we started to add in the stories around her scrapbook photos.
When I told friends and colleagues, they asked me for copies of the pages I created so they could help out their parents. I brought both books to market under the name of MemoryBanc. We are committed to collecting and preserving individual memories and personal wishes.
When a person lives many years, we should rejoice in each day.