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Importance of Memory Boxes for Dementia Patients

Memory boxes are a reminder of another time for both dementia patients and their families. These boxes can range in style and complexity from a tackle box to a small cabinet-type box with glass doors. The importance of the box is not what it looks like but the message it sends to the patient. The boxes often include photos of family and friends but can also hold items from the past, such as ballet shoes, sewing patterns and fabric, or work tools. These memory boxes are also important for the staff at a health care facility because the staff can see who the patient once was and share memories of times that were important to the patient and family.
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