There may be no activity for elders that’s more meaningful than capturing their own unique life story, either in written form or by gathering their photos and mementos together in a scrapbook — not only do they preserve a slice of history, but they also get the chance to reflect on their own life experiences.
This activity could be designed either as an individual exercise with one of your residents. Alternatively, potentially more meaning can be given to the activity setting it up as a group exercise in which residents share a part of their final work with their neighbours after they've finished. Depending on the way the resident chooses to document their life story, it can even be shared with the resident's family.
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