Life History Videos as a Tool for Caregivers

According to Ron Baecker, founder of the "Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab" at the University of Toronto, people suffering from dementia can benefit from sharing a video that describes key aspects of their life with their family, friends and caregivers.

In an experimental project, students used family archival material to prepare videos about the lives of individuals who were currently suffering from dementia. They found that these videos stimulated memories for the patients, bringing them joy and sadness. Caregivers got a sense of the person before dementia, and the videos provided the basis for family conversations.