Bickford of Midland
Assisted Living & Memory Care
Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Midland, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living and memory care services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.
Scrapbooking and Mental Health
Mental health is an important aspect of overall health; it is especially important for seniors of all ages and ability levels to find fun and challenging pastimes to engage the mind. Scrapbooking is an easy, enjoyable, and effective activity that offers many mental health benefits for seniors. The simple act of creating a scrapbook can engage the memory and emotion centers of the brain, help seniors to feel accomplishment as they complete this task, and foster social ties with family and peers alike.
Scrapbooking and Stress ReliefStudies have shown that engaging in any craft can have a dramatic effect on mental stress. In fact, crafting—including scrapbooking—produces stress relief effects similar to those of meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. When your attention and focus are on a craft, worries and cares seem less important. Thus, scrapbooking is an excellent way for seniors who cannot move easily or comfortably to achieve a high level of stress relief for a more positive outlook on life and better mental and even physical health. Reminiscing itself also has a beneficial impact on mood, helping seniors to recall fond memories and emotions, allowing them to reconnect with their past in a positive way.
Scrapbooking and MemoryScrapbooking is a wonderful way for seniors to relive and share positive memories about their lives. Photos can jog the memory, prompting you to recall in vivid detail events you’ve attended or family and friends you haven’t seen in years. Scrapbooking has been recognized for its use as an integral component of reminiscence therapy, both for healthy seniors and those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Recent studies have also provided further evidence that scrapbooking has beneficial cognitive effects for Alzheimer’s patients. In many cases, looking at photographs can prompt memories that may seem long gone, helping Alzheimer’s patients to recognize family and friends once more. Furthermore, scrapbooking helps to maintain memories within in the brain by encouraging seniors with Alzheimer’s to continue accessing remote memories, which often do not deteriorate as quickly as more recent memories.
Scrapbooking and Social ConnectionOne of the major benefits of scrapbooking is that it is a very social activity. Social activities gain importance with age—maintaining close social ties can slow the effects of dementia by engaging the brain with new information while encouraging it to access older memories. Scrapbooking can prompt discussions about the past, including the sharing of precious stories and memories with others. This encourages seniors to engage with their peers, strengthening the social connections that are integral to health and happiness. Thus, encouraging seniors to take part in scrapbooking activities provides a valuable platform to make and maintain friendships, as well keep up valuable connections with family.
At Bickford of Midland, we are dedicated to providing our residents with a full schedule of activities and therapies that promote health and happiness. Our assisted living community offers dementia and Alzheimer’s care in addition to companion care, medication management, and care coordination with our on-site Registered Nurse. Please visit our website to learn more about our community, our services, and our monthly activities.