Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Real Stories of America

Wilson C. was the first participant in the Real Stories of America Tour Ten-Minute Biography Challenge. What makes Wilson unique as an individual? How does his life story compare to your life story, or the life stories of friends and family members? Have you been asking, "How do I tell my life story?" Are you up to taking the Ten-Minute Biography Challenge? Start today!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Veteran's Story

As you gather with family and friends this Memorial Day, take a moment to acknowledge and show appreciate to any veteran you know who has made the ultimate sacrifice of serving his or her country.

To show our appreciation to all veterans, LifeBio proudly introduces The Veteran's Story digital book, the perfect way to preserve memories of heroic deeds, valor, honor and servitude.

Just in time for Memorial Day, The Veteran's Story is a PDF file that can be immediately accessed after your order is placed. You can then print out the pages, write in your answers on paper, and watch your story unfold. Carefully-crafted questions guide you through your years of service. The book also contains space for additional stories, as well as photos, letters and memorabilia.

The Veteran's Story also makes a perfect gift for the special veteran in your life!

"Get Going...Get Fit...Start Today!"

May 26th is National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The goal of National Senior Health and Fitness Day is to bring awareness to and promote healthy lifestyles for aging adults. This year's theme is "Get Going...Get Fit...Start Today!" Here at LifeBio, we would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to do just that!

An area of health and fitness that is often ignored is cognitive health. LifeBio works to promote cognitive health through reminiscence, also known as the life review process. Studies have shown that the reminiscence and life review process can have the following benefits for aging adults:
  • Increased life satisfaction
  • Improved resident/staff and family relations
  • Reduced geriatric depression
  • Decreased disorientation and improved social interaction
  • Increased orientation and competence after relocation
  • Increased sense of purpose and meaning
LifeBio’s extensive line of reminiscence products and services help you capture your life story and the life stories of loved ones by following an autobiography template, as well as through the Memory Journal, Life Story Journal and many other legacy sharing tools.


Learn more about National Senior Health and Fitness Day, and find events in your community.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Unwritten Lyrics

As I was listening to the radio today, a song by Natasha Bedingfield began to play—Unwritten Lyrics. The song is dear to my heart, as it spoke of the book of life—cherishing the past and being open to endless possibilities to come.

Take a moment to read the lyrics of Unwritten Lyrics, as I hope it brings inspiration and motivation to you to write the lyrics to your life story:

Unwritten Lyrics

I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined

I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin

No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
Oh, yeah, yeah

Sense of purpose in life reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Individuals who report greater purpose in their lives appear less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or its precursor, mild cognitive impairment, according to a recent study conducted by Rush University Medical Center. The study found that people tend to rediscover their life purpose by deriving meaning from life experiences.

Incorporating activitities that focus on reminiscence is an effortless way to increase one’s sense of a purposeful life, due to the fact that the reminisence, or life review, process walks participants through life experiences--both positive and negative--which helps them remember where they came from, the important people they have gotten to know throughout the years, personal accomplishments, stories of triumph and why they are here--purpose.

Cognitive learning and stimulation tools, such as the MemoryBio Photo Album and Journal, the Memory Journal, Life Story Journal and Story of My Treasures can help guide you or a loved one through the reminiscence and life review process, as past memories are evaluated, a new sense of purpose is restored in the individual’s life.

Friday, May 14, 2010

3 reasons you should write a legacy letter or ethical will

What is a Legacy Letter or Ethical Will?

Ethical wills are a way to share your love with family and close friends. Think of an ethical will as a heartfelt letter or legacy letter describing what truly matters most in your life. An ethical will passes on life lessons, values, joys, prayers, hopes, and dreams for present and future generations. It doesn't have to be anything fancy--just a letter from the heart that expresses your thoughts.

Unlike a Last Will and Testament or a Living Will, an ethical will is NOT a legal document. An ethical will describes your treasures of the heart, not your treasures.

Why should you write your ethical will?

1. There is no one else like YOU! You have incredible wisdom and experience to share—no matter what your age or background. Every day is a gift so TODAY is the day to begin recording the most important information for your family and other loved ones.

2. Your ethical will has the potential to affect multiple generations perhaps even hundreds of years from now. They will read your hopes and dreams for them. They will be reminded of what was really and truly important to you and what you wanted them to always remember. Your legacy letter will help them walk in your shoes and truly know you in a new and powerful way.

3. Writing an ethical will or legacy letter is a journey of self discovery. You may be reminded of all the love you have experienced in your life. You've accomplished many things through the years. You'll have the opportunity to recall both the joys and challenges of your life--and realize how remarkable a life it has been. You may even be inspired as you move forward with the next chapter of your life.

Remember that an ethical will is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children and grandchildren.

Once you complete your ethical will or legacy letter, it is important to put your ethical will in a safe place—someplace where your loved ones will be sure to find it someday (perhaps with your Last Will and Testament). You may also want to share your ethical will with your family and friends at the time you write it. An ethical will certainly can help in communicating how you really feel and it may be a great conversation starter.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Autobiography Made Easy

WESTLAND, Mich., May 5, 2010—Sometimes it’s tough to know how to start an autobiography, but residents at American House Westland (on Hunter Ave.) have not only started, but finished their biographies using a new group class, journals and storyboards.

Five residents of American House Westland graduated from the LifeBio 101 Class on Friday, April 30, 2010 (pictured to the right, from left to right, Josef Schulz, Lee Ann Wheelock, Joseph Jenkins, Jasper Smelser and Marilyn Smelser). For the last few months, residents have met together weekly to complete reminiscence exercises during class and to recall important details of their lives that deserve to be recorded. Their completed Storyboards, a collection of pictures and memories on a display, were presented at the Story Sharing and Graduation Party with many family members in attendance.

The class has covered the people, history, childhood memories, love, marriage, children, grandchildren, pets, friendship, beliefs, values and much more. Residents have grown closer and forged new friendships and they have realized how unique each life story is. “They have gone through their whole lives, and they have created such beautiful stories to share with their families. It’s been an honor to get to know them even better,” said Cindy Lear, American House—Westland activity director.

American House has been committed to capturing the life stories of the Greatest Generation and the LifeBio program is helping them accomplish that goal. LifeBio helps thousands of people to capture their life stories through journals, an online template at http://www.lifebio.com/, classes, Storyboards and more. Reminiscence touches all dimensions of wellness and is an excellent form of brain fitness.

National Visiting Nurse Association Week

This week, LifeBio joins countless organizations to show its appreciation for visitng nurses, home health aides and hospice care providers throughout the country by celebrating National Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Week. LifeBio recognizes the importance of the sacrifices these individuals make every day to bring joy, comfort and hope into the lives of others, while simeltaneously caring for their health needs.
LifeBio admires the work of visiting nurses, and is committed to providing tools, to help workers connect with clients on a deeper level and build lasting relationships. LifeBio helps people through the seemingly simple process of reminiscence, which has been found to have a profound impact on the mental and physical health of individuals, as well as for those who share these memories with the person who is reminiscing.

Tools, such as the Memory Journal, the MemoryBio Photo Album and Journal and the LifeBio Storyboard, enable healthcare providers to connect with clients, rather than simply passing the time, all while helping them capture and record memories. Visit LifeBio.com today to learn more about the power of reminiscence.

For more information about VNA Week, visit the Visiting Nurse Association of America.

LifeBio Celebrates Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month! The 2010 theme for the month, as decided by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is "Age strong! Live long!"

LifeBio has been a long-time advocate of lifelong learning, mental health and healthy aging. LifeBio's extensive product line helps fight ageism by helping people rediscover their purpose by capturing memories through the reminiscence process.

There are a number of studies that have shown that reminiscence and life review affects people's lives in extraordinary ways that stimulate the brain, promote lifelong learning and leads to healthy aging. LifeBio works to promote cognitive health through reminiscence, also known as the life review process. Studies have shown that the reminiscence and life review process can have the following benefits for aging adults:
  • Increased life satisfaction
  • Improved resident/staff and family relations
  • Reduced geriatric depression
  • Decreased disorientation and improved social interaction
  • Increased orientation and competence after relocation
  • Increased sense of purpose and meaning
Rather than shunning aging, LifeBio embraces the aging process, and values the life stories, experiences and wisdom older Americans have to offer. Visit LifeBio today to learn how you can get on the path of self-discovery through reminiscence, or help a loved one do the same.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Reminiscence: An innovative wellness and health care approach

Reminiscence has been found to lower depression, improve attitudes of people toward caregivers, and increase self esteem. That's why health care companies and hospitals are taking notice of LifeBio's innovative reminiscence programming for individuals and communities. This is cognitive fitness at its finest without all the expense of other brain fitness programs. Many home health or services like Home Instead are also looking for innovative ways to improve their delivery of companionship services--how do you avoid the trap of watching TV and move people to more stimulating conversation? With the help of the Life Story Journal, friendly visitors are now able to have conversations about things other than the "same old, same old" topics (weather, health, sports, food). It makes sense that service and care improves when people really know each other. Plus, health care providers can be more motivational by knowing more about the person's past which will help them build a better future.

David Solie interviews Beth Sanders on The Power of Capturing Life Stories

Listen to The Power of Capturing Life Stories show by David Solie MS, PA on #BlogTalkRadio - http://tobtr.com/s/1012216

Great show...David is a masterful interviewer...

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Graduation - Preserving Memories While Beginning a New Journey

Whether your loved one is graduating from high school or college this spring, the day will be one that is filled with cherished memories. Help them capture and preserve the memories of their great accomplishment by beginning their autobiography. Sure, right now your graduate is on cloud nine, but will he or she remember every detail about how they felt on this very special day when he or she received the diploma or degree, walked across the stage or each friend and family member they shared the moment with?

LifeBio's extensive product line offers unique gift options for graduates. In addition to creating a keepsake where recent graduates can record memories, LifeBio products, like the Memory Journal, will enable your graduate to keep track of fresh memories as they begin the path through the journey of adult life. Whether it be memories of their first job, marriage, trips or children, there is no time like the present to start recording life stories.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Getting to Really Know Mom

This Sunday, millions of families will gather to celebrate the love and devotion of mothers. Whether you plan to go to brunch, cook a special dinner, attend a church service, or just stop by for a visit, use this opportunity to engage your mother in meaningful conversation and truly get to know her for who she is.

While you may think you know your mother, chances are you may only know the "mom" side of her. Do you know what your mother's favorite hobby was as a child? What legacy would your mother like to leave for her loved ones? Wha'ts your mother's fondest memory? Where is your mother's favorite travel destination, and why? This year, rather than giving your mother flowers that will quickly wilt, or jewelry that she may or may not wear, why not give her the gift of cherished memories that will last a lifetime?

The new LifeBio Memory Gift Box includes The Memory Journal, The Story of My Treasures book (capture stories about favorite keepsakes), Story Card Questions to prompt memories right out of the box, a beautiful LifeBio pen, and a LifeBio.com Membership. The Web membership enables the easy transfer of answers from the Memory Journal to LifeBio's online autobiography template. You can even collaborate with family members from afar to capture stories and experiences. Don't wait another day to capture those priceless memories.

New Family Traditions for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

History matters to us. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, when the Mexican army defeated the French in 1862. Cinco De Mayo--a day to celebrate Mexican national pride, independence and freedom--is also a day to gather with friends and family members to celebrate and create new memories! Whether you are of Mexican decent, or just enjoy celebrating the holiday, try celebrating Cinco De Mayo in  a new way this year. Here are a few ideas:
  • Visit a Mexican museum, and learn about the significance of the holiday.
  • Make quesadillas with the kids.
  • Make a pinata.
  • Throw a Mexican-themed dance party. Visit your local library and check out a few mariachi, Tejano (TexMex) and Cumbia CDs; learn the dances, and have the time of your life!
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, remember to take a lot of pictures! Don't let these precious moments fade. Preserve your celebratory memories with the Memory Journal, then use the LifeBio Online Membership to create lasting keepsakes for the whole family to share! The history of the nation is important, but the history of your family and your genealogy is priceless and should not be lost or forgotten.