Welcome back to the everyStory blog!
The art of storytelling is a long-standing tradition used in all cultures around the world, and although languages and communication styles may vary, the essential function of memory preservation remains constant. In the digital age we live in, there is, majority of the time, a widely held belief that the drastic rise in technology has begun to whittle down the “organic” ways in which we communicate, interact and connect. However, if used correctly, technology can actually foster and amplify these types of sacred bonds between individuals with its limitless capability to retain memories in a cloud storage.
Modern-day storytelling practices also have beneficial purposes, such as the ability to assist patients with Alzheimer’s, and other memory loss dilemmas, rebuild memories and reconnect with loved-ones and caregivers. In addition to having difficulty with recollections, people experiencing memory loss can face obstacles with communicating as well. The practice of storytelling—inventing a backstory to a photo or image—can actually be a less stressful channel of communication than attempting to recall a specific memory.
For patients in earlier stages of memory loss, storytelling can function as a tool for preserving life’s special moments, for themselves and their loved ones. You may be asking how our everyStory app plays a roll in this? It’s simple: The voiceover technology that’s been integrated into the everyStory app allows multiple users to record audio to narrate a photo. This feature can be utilized to record daily reminders for memory loss patients, helping them recall important people and moments of their lives. Here are some other tips on how to integrate therapeutic storytelling into your communication with a loved one using our everyStory app:
- Compile images of different sceneries, settings and people, and then walk your loved one through by implementing a narrative. The everyStory app allows you to upload up to 500 images for free into organized private albums. (For a monthly subscription you can have unlimited photo storage.)
- Conduct the session during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This time frame is recognized as the peak time for cognitive functioning by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
- Avoid closed questions such as “Who is this?” or “What is this?” because they may put pressure on the person being asked. Instead, use questions that encourage description, such as “What could be going on in this photo?” or “What could this be?” The unlimited audio recording feature on everyStory is free and allows individuals to focus on naturally telling stories without any worries of expiring time limits.
- Integrate others into the storytelling process. Share the everyStory album with friends and family of the loved one, encouraging them to contribute using their own photos and voices to aid in memory recall during playback.
Do you have a loved one that has benefited from memory recall activities using the everyStory app? Share your story with us!