Display Photos of Your Parents When They Were Younger

Wherever your parent is living, prominently display framed photographs of him or her in younger days. Exhibit the parent looking glamorous, receiving professional recognition and achieving success in sporting events. Let mom or dad be seen at their youthful best.


Your parent will be attended by carer givers, nursing staff, and cleaners, at home, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. Help these people to see your parent as an accomplished individual who just happens to be older, not just another elderly person. The photographs may also provide people with a starting point for conversation.

Source: Derek Longden, a popular UK author, described using this technique when his mother was older and went into hospital.

By Julia in UK from UK

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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

This is one of the best, most thoughtful ideas I've seen in a long time! Thanks for sharing and giving others 'food for thought'!


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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

I think this is a lovely idea!

September 2, 20110 found this helpful

As an RN who worked in Geriatric care for 25 years, I can tell you pics of the person in younger more glamorous days is a great pick-me-up for them. It opens up communication with staff and the person just glows with delight as they recount events from their younger days. It is a wonderful idea!

September 3, 20110 found this helpful

I agree - a very thoughtful idea! Thanks so much for sharing!


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