As many of you know, my externship this semester is with adults. Since my week one update, I’ve grown to really enjoy my patients.
So so so many of my patients have dementia. I’ve been hearing a lot about making memory & orientation books, but had difficulty finding templates, ideas, and examples online. So of course, I made my own! You can download it for FREE at the bottom of this post. Hopefully this helps inspire some of you who work with adults.
Note: Read to the very bottom of this post for links to some other websites about memory/orientation book and other AAC strategies for persons with dementia.
How To Make A Memory And/Or Orientation Book:
1) Start with your materials. I collect white cardstock, colored cardstock, some patterned scrapbook paper, thin binders, a hole punch, glue sticks, and the pictures you want to use.
2) Print the pages of my binder that you want to include (or make your own!).
3) If you decided to use the label pages, cut out the labels.
4) Make a big mess and drink some tea. (not necessary but trying to give you the whole process… ;)) And back your pictures and labels with colored cardstock to make the book extra colorful and pretty!
5) Assemble! The pictures above are two examples of orientation pages using the labels.
And the two pages above are examples of a memory book I might make for myself! I do think I need one some days…
Again, this is just how I made my book. Feel free to get creative and make it with your style! Below are some additional pictures of my product that I didn’t show above:
My product includes three sections:
1) Memory Book Template: This entire section is in black and white for easy printing for each resident! Places for pictures are marked and labeled. See example pages with cursive writing above for examples!
2) Orientation Book Template: The same structure as the memory book section (all black and white) except for it is orientation based. There is a weekly and monthly schedule included as well. See example pages with print (not cursive) above for examples. Additionally, a label page is included as shown in the example pictures at the beginning of this post.
3) Safety Signs: See the product pictures in the middle of this post for one example (with the stop sign).
As of now, it is 66 pages long. BUT CATCH THIS. For the first couple months I have this product up, I will add pages that YOU need! Just purchase the pr0duct and if a page is missing, let me know and I’ll update the product for you and everybody else containing that page!
**I no longer have the bandwidth to keep this resource updated so it is now available as a lifelong freebie in case it’s still helpful for you. Unlike most of my resources, it does not come with any future updates.
More Resources for Memory/Orientation Books: