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Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words in Your Care Journey?

By Denise Roskamp

Senior Care in Framingham MA

Being on a care journey with your aging parent can be stressful and seem overwhelming at times, but it can also be one of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of your life. Finding ways to connect with your aging parent on a deeper level than just managing personal needs and offering care can help to make your experience more meaningful and create memories that you can cherish well into the future. 

One incredible way that you can connect with your loved one and gather memories for yourself and for the future generations of your family is photography. It is a common saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to your care efforts for your parent, this can be especially true. Encouraging your loved one to express themselves and record their lives through photography can stimulate their minds, support better mental and emotional health, and leave a legacy that will be meaningful to you and to the rest of your family.

Let these ideas inspire you to encourage your parent to use photography in their care journey:

  • "A Day in the Life Of." Take inspiration from the old television show and encourage your parent to create a chronicle of their daily life through pictures. Provide them with a disposable camera or a simple to use digital camera and encourage them to take pictures of their lives from the time they get up until they go to bed. Try not to provide too much guidance. Instead, let them take pictures of the things that matter to them. Once you have the pictures printed, sit down with them to help them create journaling for the pictures and compile them into your scrapbook.
  • Exploring. When you go on outings with your loved one, encourage them to take pictures of the experience. You are likely to take pictures of vacations and special outings yourself, but having them do this as well allows you to see the experience from their perspective. Looking at these pictures can show you the things that mattered to them the most, what stood out to them, and what they wanted to remember.
  • Recreate memories. Take out scrapbooks and family albums from when your parent was younger and choose pictures that are meaningful to them. Focus on ones of easily identifiable family members and locations. Spend some time with your parent recreating these memories and taking pictures that are as similar as possible. Make spreads in a scrapbook that contain the original and recreated pictures, and encourage your parent to journal about both of them. Include when they were taken, who is in the pictures, and the memories that they bring up.

Starting a senior care arrangement for your aging parent can be the ideal way for you to encourage your parent to live a more active, engaged, and fulfilling lifestyle. A senior home care services provider can create a personalized approach to care that enables your loved one to engage in the activities that they enjoy, maintain more independence and autonomy, and still manage their needs and challenges effectively.