Elder Remembrance Photography
In my 37+ year nursing career, I often cared for elders who had no recent photos. It wasn't unusual to see people in their 80s whose most recent photos were from their 40s and 50s.
When did our later years become a time not worthy of being memorialized?
About Elder Remembrance Photography
Sure, elders aren't smoothed skinned anymore, but there is still that light, that smile, that expression that is so uniquely them. There's no time like the present to capture those important memories. I was chosen by Poet's Walk in Round Rock, TX to photograph some special events for them. Could I be happier??!! What a blessing to be an observer and a participant.
Elder remembrance photography is about honoring our later years, and recognizing the beauty that is still there. There is no time like the present! It's about seeing the love that families have for one another-even within the mundane everyday stuff. It's my mission to bring Elder Remembrance Photography to life! My upcoming book, Love Still Lives Here is about those suffering with dementia, but Elder Remembrance Photography is about photographs for ALL Elderly.
Love Still Lives Here is a project/book about families living with Dementia. It's a culmination of 8-12 stories of families and the love that they have for one another. Their stories range from when they first learned that they or their loved one had the disease to how they manage day to day. Very interesting themes have emerged! Love Still Lives Here is a book about the love in families and people with dementia. After years of being in reverence of families caring for loved ones with dementia, I realized these stories of LOVE and DEVOTION need to be shared with the world. These are the stories so rarely heard. Love Still Lives Here is about the many expressions of love and will certainly entertain, inspire and open your heart.
First Day at Poet's Walk Round Rock, TX
Poet’s Walk Round Rock is defining memory care assisted living in TX. I had the opportunity to photograph their first residents' first day. As you might imagine, this wasn't easy for family or resident, however the facility staff honored them with beautiful love and care. The new residents were given gifts that were picked out specifically for them. Lasiter worked for Bell Telephone and is also a Navy Veteran. He also loves hot coffee. Lasiter's memory box was created just for him by his daughter and staff, he was provided all the coffee he wanted, and was presented with a hard hat with his name on it like he may have worn during his tenure with the telephone company. No doubt these images are cherished by his family that love him so. These are examples of Elder Remembrance Photography.
Elder Remembrance Photography- Honoring and Memorizing Love
Mary was also new to Poet's Walk. She loves dogs. Moving in wasn't easy for her, but she felt right at home quickly when she was presented with a very sweet, realistic stuffed dog. When asked what she would name it, she quickly said 'Sissy.' She brushed it, cuddled it, showed it off and loved it. We all fell in love with her! I'm glad I have autofocus on my camera because my eyes were a tad bit blurred with tears of joy. Sweetness overload.
A Little About Poet's Walk
Let's be honest- nobody wants to think about memory care. Some know that it is the best option for their loved one, though. What do you want to look for when it comes to residency for someone you love? That was your hint! Love. Having spent many years as a nurse practitioner caring for people with dementia, I had many visits to various memory care facilities around the country. I'll have a separate blog post all about long term care options soon, so I'll just say that there are many things a family must consider. One thing we all want, is to be acknowledged and accepted for who we are-which includes our history.
Poet's Walk Round Rock, TX sure did that for the new residents. They have a holistic approach and combine the latest knowledge on memory care treatments with active living amenities so their residents enjoy everything life has to offer.
They write on their website: 'This holistic approach means that we focus on treating memory issues and go beyond to meet the needs and preferences of each resident. Our C.A.R.E. Flowers program gives us insight into each resident’s preferences and cognitive capacities so we can tailor our approach. Everyone is different—and our memory care supports individuals in leading the lifestyle they want.'