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Memory Book System Use at Home

A memory book system is designed to help individuals with memory impairments compensate for their memory problems so they can be as independent as possible. There are different types and sizes of memory books. The book is individualized for each person depending on that person's needs. It is important for the clinician(s) to know the person's household responsibilities and lifestyle, employment, and activity demands when establishing a memory book system. Family members and caregivers may be asked to assist in the development of the memory book system.

Most memory books consist of several sections. The individual is taught to accurately and consistently record important information in the book that the person will need to remember in the future (such as the medication schedule, therapy appointments, upcoming birthdays, daily routine, things to do). The book is organized so that it is easy to find the information when needed. The clinician(s) will work on activities that teach the individual how the book is organized, and how to record and retrieve information in the book.

It is important that family members and caregivers assist in memory book training. For the patient to learn to use a memory book system successfully, family and caregivers must be supportive of its use. Training must be broken down into small steps that can be easily learned. Everyone involved in training must respond consistently.

Keep in mind that individuals with memory impairments may take longer to learn new tasks. Training steps may need to be repeated over and over before they are learned. Be patient, and don't give up. Most importantly, be consistent and follow the written treatment plan provided by the clinician(s). Try to provide as many opportunities to use the memory book system as you can. If you have questions or suggestions, write them down and share them with the clinician(s).

Look at examples of memory book pages here...