‘Memory books’ can help older loved ones recall their past

  • An example of photos and documents that could be included in “memory books” to help elderly family members remember important pieces of their lives. (Melissa Rayworth/AP Photo)

  • If elderly family members struggle to remember faces in old photo albums, consider scanning those shots and printing them along with brief family stories in what memory researchers call memory books. (Melissa Rayworth/AP photo)

  • Family memorabilia and historical photographs lie on a table in Allison Park, Pa. on Jan. 21. (Melissa Rayworth/AP photo)

Family photo albums can help jog an elderly friend or relative’s memories, but consider taking the photo book idea one step further: Create a “memory book” that combines personal photos with brief family stories and historical information.