How photos can help in the early stages of dementia

Photos can play a helpful role for someone in the early stages of dementia.

It can make them feel they are still engaging with life and help trigger memories.

We encourage our carers to look at old photographs with our service users and if you have an elderly relative or friend, you can also help them in this way, however some pictures can lead to problems or anxiety in people suffering mid to late stages of dementia so it is important to be wary.

Family photos

Family photos are a great way to help someone suffering with the early stages of dementia to remember past events or important people such as family members and friends.

Local landmarks

Images of local landmarks and street scenes can trigger memories and create a real talking point and childhood photo albums or scrap books/diaries are also a great help to sufferers as the images within may be very meaningful.

News stories

Old newspaper clippings are useful for triggering memories of a particular event that might have happened in a person’s hometown. Alternatively, clippings of an event that affected the whole country can help a person with early dementia remember or feel a personal connection due to the imagery used.