Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Bio Book

free lite memberships now at    If you're looking to create a biobook that contains life stories and memories, you'll want to check out the new .  "What do I get for my grandma for Christmas?" you might ask.  "How can I tell the life story of my grandpa, my grandma, my mother, or my father?"   LifeBio makes it easy.

You can create biographies online with your own LifeBio account.  You can also purchase a memory book such as the Memory Journal (250 questions) , the Life Story Journal (72 questions), or the Life Story Guide (20 questions). 

Give the gift of a lasting legacy.  It's free to create a "lite" membership at this link.... 

link to our shopping cart directly....

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

LifeBio is 2012 TechColumbus Innovations Award Semi-Finalist

LifeBio is a 2012 Innovation Awards Semi-Finalist in the Innovative Product category!  Our thanks to TechColumbus for sponsoring this exciting event in February.  Hopefully we'll win the category!

5 Tips for Choosing Reminiscence Therapy Software

Here are a few points to think about as you're investigating reminiscence therapy software

1) Is it web-based for easy access on all types of PCs, iPads, and other online devices?  With family, volunteers, and staff helping to collect memories, it's great to have a private, secure online account where the information can be stored. 128-bit encrypted sites are a very good idea.

2) Is it customizable for each person? In other words, if it provides prompting questions, can you change the questions to suit the person being interviewed.  This is very important as many people will think of something completely un-related to the question asked.   So it is great to have a way to go with them to what they would prefer to discuss. 

3) Does it offer sentence starters to generate an I care plan?   In senior care and health care settings, it is possible to use the life story as something to post in the room and to make accessible to both the senior and the caregivers.   If the program provides  "I like to do..." or "My favorites are..." or other appropriate ways to learn about the unique person, this becomes a perfect tool to build an "I" care plan for staff to review.  

4) Can you upload photos, video, and audio to add to the richness of the story?   Photos are such a great point of bringing back memories so putting them together in a memory book (especially for a person with dementia) is an excellent reason to be doing therapeutic reminiscence.  

5) Do you like the questions?  Are they asked in a positive or neutral way?  Is the biography template complete?  Is it easy to use?   Do you have  different options for different people's tastes?   Are there shorter or longer templates depending on the time you have? 

Author: Beth Sanders, Founder & CEO,   and
Call 937-303-4576 or email

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Reminiscence Therapy Has Many Benefits

Reminiscence therapy has been studied for many years in various settings.   It can certainly be used in senior living, nursing homes, assisted living, adult day settings, and home and community-based services.

"Reminiscence therapy is one of the most popular psychosocial interventions in dementia care, and is highly rated by staff and participants. There is some evidence to suggest it is effective in improving mood in older people without dementia. Its effects on mood, cognition and well-being in dementia are less well understood." according to Woods, Spector, Jones, Orrell, and Davis .Read more about research on this topic at  Reminiscence Therapy for Dementia

Reminiscence therapy happens in group settings or during one-on-one visits. It can involve prompting questions, or photos, or objects that will bring back memories.  Family caregivers may also be involved in helping to create memory books for people with dementia. Reminiscence therapy is also an excellent idea for those who are reaching old age as reminiscence and life review provide opportunities for engagement, validation, and feelings of happiness and life satisfaction.

LifeBio is a provider of reminiscence tools that can be used in reminiscence therapy. For more information about how to be LifeBio Authorized, call 937-303-4576 or email or visit

For more information on LifeBio's work in senior care and health care environments specifically, please visit .  You can also reminisce and help a personal family member by starting an autobiography or biography at Just click signup. Life Story Journals, Memory Journals, and MemoryBio materials (photos for reminiscing with people with dementia are available from LifeBio's online store...

Friday, November 16, 2012

New debuts just in time for the holidays

LifeBio is pleased to announce the launch of with a fresh new look and a simplified approach to capturing life stories, everyday moments, and family history with ease.
The new generates instant Biographies, captures shorter “Chapters” of life, and stores daily Journal entries. It is a one-stop place to store personal life stories and to share what matters most with family and friends.

LifeBio’s Premium Membership make it easy to generate any of these options below including…
• A Full Biography or autobiography template with over 250+ Biography Questions
• The Life Story Guide (20 question biography) My Life Story
• Veterans Story
• Love Story
• Travel Story
• Baby Story
• Graduation Story
• Organization Story
• Cookbook (memories of favorite recipes)
• Stories & Memories (bring together a memory book for a birthday or anniversary)
• Journaling – Create and preview your daily Journal
• Archives – Upload family history and genealogy documents for safe keeping
• Media Gallery – Include photos, video, or audio recordings to enhance the story
LifeBio, the leading online biography system, works with thousands of individuals and families to ensure that every person has the chance to preserve memories, experiences, and family history without delay. For those that are asking, "How do I write my biography?" there is now a great solution.
Families use LifeBio to ask the right questions to bring out the best stories of parents, grandparents, and other loved ones. The new LifeBio web-based approach makes it simple and affordable to document memories from the past and everyday life now and in the future. Information on genealogy and family history can also be included.
"Everyone has a story to tell. Every life is like a book with many chapters. It's time to tell your story, and LifeBio is a great way to document your parents' or grandparents' life stories too. The important thing is to get started without delay. Everyone craves a lasting legacy," said Beth Sanders, Founder & CEO of
LifeBio makes it simple to include photos, video, or audio recording to enhance life stories too. It’s also simple to instantly Preview the story and share it or print it for family and friends to enjoy. Print on a local printer or order a leather-bound edition.
With the holidays just around the corner, LifeBio’s gift options are ready. Gift certificates for Premium Memberships can be purchased for the NEW Physical journals with prompting biography questions, such as the Memory Journal, Life Story Journal, or the Memory Gift Box, make the perfect gift. Do-it-yourself autobiography or biography options range from $14.95 to $99.00. LifeBio also offers premier, personalized Phone Interview Services for $249 to $329 if families need assistance with capturing the life stories of a parent, grandparent, or other loved one.
If you're wondering how to make a memory book, especially if you have a loved one with memory loss or Alzheimer's Disease, LifeBio compiles the "Stories and Memories" guide with photos and long or short stories. You can instantly preview the memory book and print it out in a PDF version to share with the person with dementia.

For more information, please visit and click SIGNUP or call 1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576. Email For unique gift ideas for parents or grandparents, visit our online store at

LifeBio captures life stories and promotes better health through reminiscence. We work with individuals, families, and senior care / health care providers to ensure that everyone has the chance to tell and share memories and experiences without delay.

LifeBio Testimonials - Great Reasons to Reminisce

We have successfully integrated LifeBio's storytelling, story capturing and story making into the fabric of Edgewater’s being.  You challenged me to make it more than just an add-on activity---make it the cornerstone of our programming---and we did and it is working!  J  Thank you for giving me such a wonderful product to use to build community with and to make people happier and healthier....It is truly wonderful.  - Dawn, Director of Lifestyle Services, Edgewater

Upon completing his LifeBio Legacy Book and distributing copies to his family and friends, Robert had this to say. "There was a great reaction. It was worth it. I have created a family heirloom."
For family caregivers and individuals
For senior care and health care

When my mom was going through the dying process, LifeBio made the process better for her. It brought such a healing process to our family. Her grandchildren could read her the stories of her life at her bedside. Now that she's gone, it so much more meaningful....that legacy. --Donna, Colorado

Just wanted to let you know that our community has received our Memory Journals and Life Story Journals. Everyone is so excited to jump into this stuff already. I just personally want to say thank you for being so cooperative and easy to deal with and giving us a good deal on the books. From the response at the manor, I'm sure we will be in contact soon to order more!! Thanks Again---We are all very happy with what we have received!   --  Jessica,  Recreation Director

"We started with our experiences–our senses, our history, our memories. Then we went on to advice. Now we’re talking about values. Now I look back and see all my writings and I see my values coloring everything I am writing.”  - Dorothy, Auxiliary of California Lutheran Homes

“If we hadn’t done it, the story would have been lost.”  –Daphne Noonan, York Manor, Canada

Nancy from Ontario purchased a LifeBio membership and Memory Journal for her mom's birthday. It's a gift from all the children and grandchildren. "It's a very sentimental journey for everyone."

I want to tell you how much I appreciate the work you put into creating the journals. My grandmother just finished hers and I spent an hour smiling, laughing, and crying as I read her words and met my grandmother through a new set of eyes. This is hands-down my most treasured possession, to visit memories she’s had for so many years and learn the many similarities between us that I didn’t realize existed. I just don’t have the words to thank you, but I know that you understand because you ‘get it’ too. So, with all that said, I would like to purchase four more!   Thank you kindly, Stephanie

"I discovered a great source, LIFEBIO. I enrolled and was captivated by the clear and concise questions that triggered my own LifeBio..” Richard, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

"This is one of the most beautiful experiences of my life." -  Florence, Ewing, New Jersey

This web template is much better than a memory book you might find in a bookstore. You might hit on something you want to go on and on about. So you can write as much or as little as you want. It's very easy to use too."  -  Karen, Tuscon, Arizona

"LifeBio is great--everything that I hoped it would be. My aunt sat and read every page.... I am so anxious to show it off to my children and friends. Thank you so much for putting together such a quality product." -- Dolores, Grandview, MO

"LifeBio was exactly what I was looking for. I am going to tell everyone I know about it -- co-workers, family, neighbors, and friends. Excellent way of telling people what you want remembered about yourself. Again, it's wonderful." - Monique, Sugar Hill, Georgia

Friday, November 09, 2012

3 tips to make I Care Plans happen simply and systematically

With great emphasis on person-centered care and patient-centered care, LifeBio has now added a new "About Me" format to its online biography system that generates I Care Plans.  This About Me short bio creates a personalized I Care Plan document that captures background, activity preferences, and lifestyle preferences. Here are three tips for creating an excellent I Care Plan.  
  1. Ensure the language is written in a "My" or "I" formatted way for staff or loved ones to read later. It helps to see the person more holistically when the story of their life and their background is presented in a person-centered way during I Care Planning.  For example... My favorite foods are rosemary chicken, and I also love peanut butter and jelly. One thing that I've always wanted to do that I've never done is....ride in a hot air balloon.  Here's some background on the work I have done in my life...I worked for the fire department for 30 years.
  2. Make certain the personalized information is as readily available as possible in health care and senior care settings.  An excellent solution is to have the "I" Care Plan accessible from with the electronic health record system. Now a nurse or other care worker can get familiar with the person -- with text and photos -- very quickly and improve the patient experience.  Example: LifeBio generates an instant PDF file after someone has created an "About Me" quick biography in the system--and these can be easily uploaded into EHR software.   You can always generate these without the last name showing if you have permission from the person to print and display this as part of delivering excellent service and care.
  3. Use the information in I Care Plans to enhance people's lives.  It's important to know the collection someone had enjoyed for many years.  It's important to know where they grew up and perhaps things you have in common.  It's important to know people's values and beliefs --LifeBio's About Me format inside takes the conversation deeper.  It's important to build fun things to do around what people love to do!  No matter what - -make sure the profile of the person is not just gathered and then filed away somewhere.   It's being gathered so it can be used to build a great relationship, to garner respect, to support someone as they reach end of life, and to bring joy and happiness in daily life experiences.
For more information on how to become LifeBio Authorized, please visit or to learn more.  Call 937-303-4576 for details as well or email

LifeBio Launch - Capturing Veteran's Stories Made Easy Just in Time for Veteran's Day

LifeBio Launch - Capturing Veteran’s Stories Made Easy Just in Time for Veteran's Day

LifeBio captures life stories and promotes better health through reminiscence. The Veteran's Story is a new "chapter" within, creating a veteran's life story without delay

Columbus -- November 9, 2012 (Marysville, Ohio) – LifeBio announces the debut of The Veterans Story within the new website just in time for Veteran's Day.

LifeBio captures life stories and positively impacts health through reminiscence. With an estimated 700 World War II veterans passing away every day, LifeBio is committed to helping more veterans have easy access to the simple web-based system with prompting questions that generates finished, ready-to-print biographies.

Preliminary research has found that LifeBio's approach improves cognitive function and increases positive emotions.

The Veterans Story is for veterans of all ages. LifeBio works with veterans organizations, senior care providers, and health care organizations to gather the stories of veterans in these settings. Family caregivers may also use LifeBio to interview an older loved one who served in the armed forces.

The Veterans Story “Chapter” within provides 40 great questions that help veterans share what they want to share about their years of service, but it also includes excellent prompts about life before and after the military too. As a result, the veteran creates a complete biography and a lasting legacy for present and future generations.

Three sample questions:

Were you drafted or did you enlist? Describe your feelings about being drafted or explain why you decided to enlist. What branch of the service did you choose and why?

What was it like to leave home for the military? Who was there to say goodbye? How did you travel? How was everyone feeling before you departed? Were you worried, afraid, excited?

Explain what military life was like for you. What was the daily routine? Did you like the physical regimen, the food, and the barracks? Did you have any fun or was it all work?

“We’re inspired by the men and women who have served in our armed forces. This is the time to be recording what matters most. With The Veteran's Story, these experiences will be lost or forgotten. Families want this information captured before it’s too late,” said Beth Sanders, Founder & CEO of

Through the instant Preview feature of LifeBio, veterans can see their life story unfold and print a PDF copy without delay. In addition, there is the option to order a leather-bound edition.

For more information, please visit and click the SIGNUP button.
Health care or senior care providers will find more information about becoming LifeBio Authorized at
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Veteran's Day Press Release

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 gets a facelift just in time for the holidays

Take a look at the NEW  -- click the SIGNUP button to give it a try. Take a free trial.   #Interview a grandparent or a parent.  Tell your own love story, travel story, graduation, or baby story.  Write a full biography about older members in your family.  Use the media gallery to store your favorite pictures.  You can share your account or just keep it private and secure. Try out the easy to use LifeBio #Journal too -- daily record what's happening your life.  Start today!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reminiscence therapy: How it works

Reminiscence therapy is used in health care and senior care communities, especially in skilled nursing and memory care. It is also used routinely in speech therapy with older adults. It is effective for connecting with past memories and experiences to build connections and to enhance relationships.  Questions can be used to generate conversation and pictures are also useful in recalling and recording memories and experiences.  This is especially important because the quality of service and care improves as people become more deeply known. 

For more information about therapeutic reminiscence solutions for health care, go to...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Best web-based journal that you can easily print out

If you've wanted to get away from your paper journals but you also wanted to still be able to print out what you wrote, LifeBio has the answer.  Inside your account is the ability to freeform journal.  The coolest thing is you can Preview/Print out your journal -- it creates an instant ready-to-view, ready-to-print, ready-to-share PDF file.  It formats it in a great way and you can add a page border, add photos, and more.   You can even publish your journal in a leather, linen, or suede edition if you still love the feel of your book and your thoughts on paper in your hands.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Writing an Autobiography: 3 Tips to Make it Easier

Are you staring at a blank piece of paper or a blank computer screen?  You know you have something to say but where should you start?  Thinking back on your life story....there is a lot to remember along the way.   It is hard to do it without some sort of structure to guide you.   Here are 3 tips to get the creative juices flowing from

1)  There are 4 core areas to consider in writing a Biography... the people in your life, your childhood, the years of adulthood, and the overall lessons learned and wisdom you have gathered.  (Our website helps people put the whole thing in order -- you don't have to answer in order but LifeBio brings it together in an orderly fashion with the push of a button.)   Sign Up Now

2)  Journaling can build a biography.  You can just tell basic stories -- like snapshots of your life through the years. You don't have to tell the whole story all at once.  It could be random stories that come to mind that you journal about.  Our website's Journal area is for those who would rather do it more in a freeform way. 

3) Bring out the photos -- every picture is worth 1,000 words.  Maybe just tell the story that comes to mind when you see the people, places, and moments happening.  You can even upload the photos into LifeBio's Media Gallery for safe storage.  

The key thing is to get started somehow, someway.  Don't put it off. Every person's life, including yours, deserves a book!   You can tell it now for your family and friends to enjoy reading later.

Take a free trial of LifeBio  -  it's fun and easy.  Tell your own story or record your parents or grandparents too.  Writing an autobiography is easier than ever.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

National Grandparents Day 2012

Celebrate your grandparents' by helping them start a life story!  Capture what matters most without delay.  They have wisdom and values to pass along to the next generation.  

Cognitive Treatment and Reminiscence Therapy

For speech and occupational therapy providers, there is the opportunity to use reminiscence in delivery of cognitive treatment (97532) in a systematic and organized way.
Many therapists already create memory books for people facing memory loss or for those recovering from injuries affecting cognitive function.  Using it is easy to even have participants type their own memories online or staff can type while the participant talks.
Simple templates on the web ask the right questions to generate an instant, short "About Me" document or a longer Biography depending on the time that will be spent with the person. The "About Me" can even be added to the EHR record or posted as part of the care plan.   
A recent study by Iowa State University found that LifeBio improved cognitive function as people utilized their long-term memory for reminiscence and recording of life stories.  
In addition, Mayo Clinic uses LifeBio's memory capture and reminiscence approach with people who have mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's Disease. 
Cognitive therapy is defined as.... development of cognitive skills to improve attention, memory, problem solving, (includes compensatory training), direct (one-on-one) patient contact by the provider. 
For more information, please contact: 937-303-4576 or

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Creative Marketing Ideas for Financial Advisors

If you've been debating some new and creative marketing ideas for your financial advisor practice, we'd like to suggest a few options that will appeal to older adults and their family members.  

1) Sponsor LifeBio at your local Senior Living Community, Nursing Home, or Hospital:  LifeBio is a program that helps people capture life stories and preserve memories. It is simple and affordable to bring LifeBio to your local area... "LifeBio brought to you by YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME HERE."  That's an outside the box idea!

2) Inexpensive, Legacy Gifts -- You can provide the Life Story Guide or Veteran's Story Guide or Life Story Journal or Memory Journal to your clients.   All of these Legacy capturing books are priced under $20.  Make it clear that you think your clients' family legacy is as important as their financial legacy. 

3) Special Events -- Your practice can become "LifeBio Authorized" and you'll be provided with the training and material to offer LifeBio events in your local area---with prepared presentations that will help you make the point that EVERYONE has a story to tell and that LEGACY really does matter.   Also, consider the impact you can have on your clients' as you give them the opportunity to access to create their own online autobiography -- or to create the biography of a loved one.  

These are just a few great ideas to consider....just call us at 937-303-4576 or email to brainstorm or to get started today.  

Monday, September 03, 2012

How to Tell a Veteran's Life Story

If your parent or grandparent or other loved one served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or even later in Iraq or Afghanistan, it could be time to help him or her record life stories.  Veterans have a unique story to tell so it takes a special biography template for veterans to help them accomplish this goal. has a special "chapter" called Veteran's Story" that provides 40 great questions to ask a veteran in your family or a friend.  It focuses on the military experience but it also provides ample opportunities to discuss family stories, family relationships, and what happened before and after the military service years. 

When the Veteran's Story is created online, it instantly builds a ready-to-print, ready-to-share PDF of all the Veteran's Life Stories.  If you'd rather not build the story online, LifeBio also has the same questions in a book format called The Veteran's Story Guide

For those hospice providers who work with the We Honor Veterans program, this is an excellent activity that should be offered to veterans in your care. 

If you'd like to give the gift of life stories to a special veteran, feel free to call us at 937-303-4576 or by emailing us at .

You can even submit this to the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project.  The questions and format are designed to be compatible to their requirements.   -- sign up with our 14-day free trial

The best autobiography template

If you're seeking an easy way to create your own biography, it is key to cover the important topics of any life story.   It all starts with the people who shaped you.  Your parents, your grandparents, your siblings, and other relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins) who have been part of your life. 

Next, it is important to think through your childhood memories.  Your neighborhood, your childhood home or homes, your school experiences, and your best friend are all areas you should explore. 

The third area would be "The Real World" of adulthood -- love, marriage, children, grandchildren, pets, friends as an adult, and your jobs and careers through the years.

Finally, bring it all together by talking about your values, beliefs, life lessons, and your hopes and dreams for the future.   LifeBio makes it easy to put the biography of your dreams together.  You don't need to staring at a blank sheet of paper.  Just walk through the process with easy and watch as LifeBio instantly generates your biography in a ready-to-print and ready-to-share PDF file.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

20 questions to ask your parents or grandparents

For a long time, LifeBio had a longer biography process with up to 250 questions.  But over time people asked us, "What are some key questions I could ask" my mother, my father, my grandmother, my grandfather, or other people in my life?   

So LifeBio created the online "Life Story Guide" that helps ask just the right 20 questions.  If you sign up for LifeBio, you can ask these 20 questions and record the answers.  Go to and after you sign up, go into the "Chapters" section and you'll find the Life Story Guide. 

Just get started asking the right questions and you'll see that this process will bring out the BEST stories.  After that works out, you may want to continue forward with a biography or use LifeBio for journaling or to capture other family stories. 

One more note...  The Life Story Guide is also made in a journal format -- with matching questions to the online process.   So it makes a great gift -- the gift of a lasting legacy!

Create a Family Cookbook in a PDF

Pull together some of your family's favorite recipes in a family cookbook  using  You can tell the story and the tradition behind why you make certain things at the holidays or anytime of year.  Include pictures of your loved ones eating your favorite foods too!  

Create a Baby Book in a PDF

One the greatest features of LifeBio is the ability to create a baby book with memories and photos and stories--.  You can then print it in a PDF file--you don't have to use photo book software and order a hardcover book (but you can do that too with LifeBio).  Within minutes you can start building a baby book, preview it in a PDF format, and then print it out on your own. 

Of course you may also want to use LifeBio to record the stories of your new baby's grandparents and YOUR story as well.

The "Chapters" area of LifeBio will give you access to the Baby Book format and questions. So just look for that option on the dashboard when you get inside.  

Take a test drive with our free 14-day trial. Enjoy capturing the stories and memories of your special little one.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

3 Ideas for National Assisted Living Week 2012

Prepare now for National Assisted Living Week --- September 9-15, 2012. The 2012 theme is "Arts for the Ages". 

Think of the incredibly rich lives of older adults. One "artful" way to fit into the theme and do something incredibly meaningful would be to work reminiscence into your programming that week.   Ideas abound!  Here are some excellent ideas for wellness and for person-centered care efforts too... 

1) Kickoff a LifeBio 101 Class -- Bring together a group of 6-10 people and use LifeBio's step by step, easy curriculum to offer a biography class for seniors in your area. If you can lead a discussion, you can do this!

2) Build a Storyboard to celebrate the lives of one or more people -- Create a beautiful display of someone's life story without it costing a fortune or taking a long time. Even host a reception to celebrate their lives. Active Aging Week is a great time for intergenerational connections with grandchildren or other youth in your area too.

3) Create a short or longer LifeBio at Reminiscence IS a great form of brain fitness. LifeBio increases cognitive function and positive emotions so it is a GREAT part of any wellness program.
Take a 14-day trial -- start NOW
$99 for lifetime membership

LifeBio provides organizations with bulk licensing to extend LifeBio to an entire senior living community, hospital, hospice, or home care provider. Learn more

AHCA / NCAL and also has more tips for how to be involved at their website. Learn more about the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living at

3 Ideas for Active Aging Week 2012

Get ready for Active Aging Week --- September 23-29, 2012.  The 2012 theme is "Many journeys, many destinations"

Think of the journeys of your seniors -- every person's life deserves a book.  The stories people have to share are incredible.  Remember the importance of brain fitness and reminiscence as a part of any multi-dimensional wellness program.  

1) Kickoff a LifeBio 101 Class -- Bring together a group of 8-10 people and use LifeBio's step by step, easy curriculum to offer a biography class for seniors in your area. If you can lead a discussion, you can do this!

2) Build a Storyboard to celebrate the lives of one or more people -- Create a beautiful display of someone's life story without it costing a fortune or taking a long time. Even host a reception to celebrate their lives.  Active Aging Week is a great time for intergenerational connections with grandchildren or other youth in your area too.

3) Create a short or longer LifeBio at   Reminiscence IS a great form of brain fitness.  LifeBio increases cognitive function and positive emotions so it is a GREAT part of any wellness program.  
Take a 14-day trial -- start NOW
$99 for lifetime membership

LifeBio provides organizations with bulk licensing to extend LifeBio to an entire senior living community, hospital, hospice, or home care provider.  Learn more

The ICAA's Active Aging Week also has more tips for how to be involved at their website....   Learn more about the International Council on Active Aging too--what a GREAT organization!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Online gifts for grandma, book gifts for grandma

Probably the very best gift you could get from your grandma is her life story.  You want to know what happened before you were born.  You'd like to see her as a whole person, right?  Here are 3 ideas for book gifts for the holidays or really anytime....

1) Membership & LifeBio Book -  Grandma can get online and then create a hardcover, leather-bound book containing all her stories and memories.

2) Membership - Easy online ways for grandma to tell her whole life story or just to tell her travel stories, journal about her grandkids, or create a family cookbook.

3) The Memory Journal -- the mother of all biographies has 250+ questions that bring out the best stories.  General but specific -- this book will unlock the memories and ensure grandma says what matters most.  Don't let the memories be lost or forgotten.

4) Simple Life Story Guide -- even 20 questions would be GREAT. Ask grandma these 20 questions on your next visit.  In even 1 hour, you can be well on your way (or even finish) a great life story.  Don't delay -- it's really FUN too!

Just FYI -- You can move the answers from the Life Story Guide into . Take conversation and connection to the next level.

Memories are a priceless gift.   Don't lose them!

Memory Journal - how to write an autobiography

If you are interested in writing an autobiography, the Memory Journal contains 35 main topics and over 250 biography questions.   The best part is it can be transferred to to complete a hardcover leather-bound edition to give to your family and friends.  

Tell your own story or help a parent, grandparent, or other loved one.  There is no time like the present and no better gift to the future.

Every life deserves a book.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What is lifelogging?

What is lifelogging?  "The continuous capture of a large part of your life" according to Alexandra Carmichael. 

Lifelogging can mean wearing a video capture device around your neck or using a technology device or website to record what you did today -- maybe every minute or every hour of the day.

LifeBio helps people with how to lifelog by providing a daily journal for the present and future that allows for recording your daily life experiences.  If you've been using a paper journal for a long time, it may be time to go digital.  LifeBio also provides a template of questions in the "biography" section of the site to go back and capture the past too.  For those that would rather just record a chapter of life like a travel story, a love story, a veterans story, a pet story, or even a new baby story as it happens, LifeBio has a chapter for that! The prompting questions help people keep on track and record the most important things---what matters most.   With years of experience coming up with the right format and questions, LifeBio is now helping lifelogging go mainstream

Free 14-day Trial -- now available at

Sign up for free at   You can begin a complete biography, tell a Travel Story, or start journaling daily life, and much more! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

How to save family stories

If you're concerned about saving and sharing family stories, you are not alone.  The growth of the photo book industry, scrapbooking, and are all signs that many people care about capturing what matters most from their own life experiences, their parents' lives, and their grandparents lives too. Photos don't tell the whole story.  Genealogy is so incredibly interesting---keep in mind there is a whole life story behind every person in that family tree (and most of it wasn't recorded in the past).  So there is a better way.

LifeBio is making it easy to save and share family stories.  It's simple to write a biography when you have the right questions to prompt you along the way.  It's easy to create a simple "Travel Story" every time you go on vacation -- and now you don't just have a tiny caption to go with your amazing photos.  Maybe you have a World War II veteran or Korean War or Vietnam veteran in your family---the template is there to create a veterans story too. 

One other wonderful thing is the ability to Journal your daily memories too.  LifeBio members may want to keep their own journal private and secure -- but on occasion they can share something they wrote via Facebook.  LifeBio's memory capture platform makes journaling better than ever too. 

You probably have important documents or extra things you may want to Archive with your family stories -- so it's easy to upload these Word or PDF documents into LifeBio too. 

In short, there is now one place to go to.... Capture Life. Share Family Stories. Now.
Sign up for a free trial NOW -- we'd love to have you become part of the LifeBio community --

Sincerely, Beth

Beth Sanders
Founder & CEO

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Great example of a beautiful LifeBio storyboard

Welcome to the NEW

The new is live!  Now you can create a biography, a short "chapter" of life like a travel story, and keep a daily journal using LifeBio's private and secure memory-capture platform.   Share what you want to share or keep things private.   Even upload family history documents for safe storage.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alternatives to Photo Books

If you think that a caption is never enough to tell the whole story....
If you think a picture is worth 1,000 words...
If you think that photobooks are not giving you enough leeway...
If you're tired of always needing to order a hardcover book....

It is time to consider LifeBio as an alternative to photobooks.  LifeBio brings photos together with the whole story. You can write as much or as little as you want.  LifeBio provides thought-provoking, excellent questions to help you share your life with the people you love.  A picture can complement every question along the way. Your book can be up to 400 pages long.  Become a member and you can create an instant PDF of your story and memories -- just print or save your digital life story with your family and friends.

Friday, June 22, 2012

3 Activities for Family Reunions

Is your family reunion coming up soon? Maybe it's time to bring the generations together for some great conversations.  Here are tools at your fingertips. 

1. Try the Family and Friends Conversation Kit -- print out some questions and write answers on the "My Story"cards.  Maybe give a prize to those who participate---but enjoy stories shared even more!

2. Bring your Ipad and start a LifeBio on grandma, grandpa, your great uncle, or you Aunt Betty.  Just create a new account and you'll have the best questions at your fingertips. 
LifeBio Membership

3.  Make a Storyboard display about the oldest members of your family to show at the event.  The board is pretty to begin with---so it will take no time at all to pop on some old pictures and a few brief facts about the patriarch or matriarch of your family. 
LifeBio Storyboard 

Enjoy the good food and the good times together--but cherish those life stories and those UNIQUE people as well. 

Beth Sanders

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Write your life history mylifestory

Beyond #genealogy, your life history is something that people will want to know 100 years from now.  I am related to Richard Warren of the Mayflower (but it is estimated that 14 million other Americans are too).  I am also related to my great-grandfather from the Downer line--descendents of Richard Warren.  The sad thing is I really don't know him and I never will. His life stories were never recorded in any way for me to see and to read.  I know the birth, marriage, and death dates and where they lived---but little to nothing else.  Beyond your #ancestry, write your life history and ensure that your great grandchildren will actually know you and have more than the basic facts to enjoy.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The right questions bring out the best stories

How can we know the ones we love better?  By asking the right questions.

CaringRoad connects caregivers in the local area

This is a great website for family caregivers.  Wonderful resources and an easy way to connect with other people going through the same things that you are as a caregiver.

Monday, April 09, 2012

3 Reasons Why Therapeutic Reminiscence Works

For years, LifeBio has worked to develop the right therapeutic reminiscence methods to use in health care settings. These approaches to capture life stories have been used in senior living, long-term care, assisted living, and memory care.  LifeBio has also been deployed successfully in hospices, hospitals, and in senior centers, adult day centers, home care settings, and libraries.  There are a number of reasons why I believe reminiscence is so therapeutic.

1)  Therapeutic reminiscence is validating.  Every individual has a powerful story to tell.  It's just a matter of tapping into what makes the story unique. Every story has joys and challenges and there are wise words, values, and lessons learned to pass along.

2) Therapeutic reminiscence touches all dimensions of wellness.  Studies of reminiscence and life review have shown the approach has the power to lower physical pain, reduce depression, and increase feelings of wellbeing.  This is brain fitness at its finest too.

3) Therapeutic reminiscence build relationships and increases engagement. Listening shows that people care about each other deeply. In health care settings, the engagement really leads to higher satisfaction and better quality outcomes too.

If you are seeking to use Therapeutic Reminiscence as a professional caregiver or family caregiver or in therapeutic recreation (recreation therapy), please contact LifeBio at 866-543-3246 (937-303-4576) or email

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Value of a Veteran's Life Story

The #lifestories of #veterans are stories of courage, tragedy, adventure, and love too.   These stories teach us.  We learn history. We learn lessons to help us live our lives better.  We see the strength it took for you to make it through. It is an inspiration to us.  It's also a warning to us that life is not easy--we are all going to face difficult times ahead, and we must be ready to do what we must do.

Some of you served overseas.  Some of you served on the homefront.  Some of you saw battle. Some of you did not. 

All of you have a story to tell.  I realize that some stories will remain untold and they should.   But some of you have at least a few things you'd like to record.  Of course, your time in the service is just part of who you are.  Do your best to write down a few memories from your years in the service, but also include information on what came before and what came after.  How did your time in the #military impact your life?  Your childhood experiences, your adulthood experiences -- love, marriage, children, grandchildren, jobs and careers, and much more.  Record your personal life lessons and values for present and future generations to read and to teach them.  Don't we all wish we had records like that from our grandparents and great-grandparents? 

There is no one else like you.   Don't let your life story go unwritten.

Veterans Story Guide Web Membership (for computer users)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Dementia activities, dementia therapy

If you are seeking excellent activities and curriculum for memory care, LifeBio provides a methodology for people to reminisce using the MemoryBio system (either on the web or via the "MemoryBio Photo Album").  Answers to questions and comments made are recorded in the MemoryBio Journal which can document one person's answers or a group of people's answers.

The Storyboards are excellent for creating a visual display of someone's life. The Story Cards are ideal for families who come to visit and need a STRUCTURE for visiting. 

For organizations with access to technology via an Ipad or PCs or laptops, LifeBio's online system makes it easy for activities staff to create biographies with even 10 or 20 questions.  No cutting or pasting or scrapbooking LifeBio instantly creates finished, ready to print PDFs with stories, memories, and pictures. or 937-303-4576

This is my life

Creating memory books for people with or without memory loss is a wonderful thing in retirement communities or in health care settings. We like the fact that EVERYONE can be part of LifeBio from independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, or memory care. With or without memory loss, everyone has a story to tell.  

LifeBio automates the process with an online system that generates instant biographies....just be answering even 10 or 20 questions. It looks professional and it is simple to do--family, volunteers, staff can visit one-on-one or a resident can do it on their own with a PC or Ipad accessing the web.

Also, LifeBio also offers MemoryBio--a perfect way for gathering the stories of people with memory loss -- and pictures and discussion starters are available online or in physical materials too.  In fact, the Mayo Clinic uses LifeBio's tools for their early-stage Alzheimer's program.  

LifeBio's new Life Story Guide provides the perfect way for volunteers to be involved with people in assisted living.  LifeBio 101 classes are a great way for groups in independent living to work on their biographies together -- and watch the new relationships unfold.

For more information, please call 937-303-4576 or email

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How do I tell my grandma's life story?

That's the question I asked myself. I started by asking my mother about the stories that my grandmother always shared so I could start my interview off in a good way.  I asked about her childhood and heard about the first time she tasted a new thing called Jello and the first time she saw an airplane.  She told me about HER grandmother and her parents.  I felt a new connection with these older generations in my family--we had a love of education and our faith in common.  Grandma shared details about the work she did in her life and the things she learned through the years.  What really happened was that my grandma became a WHOLE person that day--she was a lot like me...just older.  It was an eye-opening experience and I would recommend that anyone consider interviewing your grandmother or another older loved one.  You just don't know what you don't know.

Need help with the process and the right biography questions to ask?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Biography template on the web

Have you been saying to yourself, "How do I write my biography?" Here's some ideas to get you started.
1) Talk about the people. The people who shaped your life are going to be an important part of your story. Parents, grandparents, siblings, close aunts and uncles....these are people worth writing about.
2) Childhood memories are worth recording. Your best friend, your favorite climbing tree, your school experiences, and your favorite TV shows. All details that need to be captured....and you'll be surprised at how the process opens a door to more memories. Explore all your senses.
3) History has really touched your life. No matter your age, there has been political events, wars, life-changing experiences, wonderful accomplishments in technology, and much more that have shaped history and your own life. These need to be documented in your personal history (you're becoming your own personal historian!)--better than a history book.
4) The real world of adulthood needs to be captured. Love, marriage, children, grandchildren, pets, volunteerism, your favorite charities, and more. What makes your grown up life great? This is something that also deserves to be in your biography or the biography of a loved one.
5) Bring it all together -- Be sure your values, beliefs, life lessons, and more are there for your family and friends to read today and in the future. Genealogy is great, but the essence of who you are needs to be recorded. You and the people who came before you are worth remembering. is a great resource if you need some help with a guided biography method.

5 Tips for Using Reminiscence in Health Care and Hospice

Consider starting a life stories program in health care settings or hospice care for a number of reasons.

1) Reminiscence impacts all dimensions of wellness -- especially the emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social aspects. Even the physical dimension is touched with reports of lowered pain and increased brain activity.

2) Life stories are a great way to connect volunteers with patients (or volunteers with residents in long-term care). Given the right structure, it is not hard for a volunteer to build a relationship by learning more about the person and having a great conversation about the past--even 20 questions in a Life Story Guide can be perfect or using an Ipad to record life stories online. Volunteer programs in long-term care or health care settings can be enhanced through reminiscence.

3) Families are seeking new things to talk about when they visit. Opening the door to new conversation through storytelling will be appreciated.  It will take away from the boredom and loneliness and long days that can result as someone is recovering in a hospital or spending time in a rehab situation or nursing home. Story Cards provided to health care settings can be a great way for families to have a structure for visiting.

4) Life review can be a necessity for those reaching the end of life. Hospice care providers are commonly looking for simple but powerful ways to allow someone the chance to say what matters most.  It is important to capture the essence of the person before it is too late.  Also, there is a peace that comes from knowing that critical information will be past on to present and future generations. 

5) Person-centered care and patient-centered care make it essential to know the whole person.  There is nothing more person-centered or patient-centered than biography!  Consider creating a Storyboard that is displayed as part of the care plan to ensure that frontline staff see the patient or resident at other stages of life. It can really improve staff empathy and also be a great training tool for new staff -- on the importance of seeing the WHOLE person.

LifeBio has over seven years of experience working with health care organizations to implement life story programs nationally and internationally. The program includes an online biography system, journals, class settings, and training for staff.  If you'd like to know more about becoming a LifeBio Authorized Organization, please call 1-866-543-3246 or 937-303-4974 or email to request more information.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

How do I interview my parents or grandparents? Good question.

1. Don't delay and don't talk yourself out of it. It's time to capture grandma, grandpa, your mother, or father in print, on video, via audio, or writing via the web. Grandma's life story or grandpa's life story is far more interesting than you can ever imagine. Really and truly, your own grandparents can tell you things that no one else can share.

2. Find the story behind their pictures. A great place to start is to review an old photo album together. Record what they say about a few of their favorite pictures. You aren't going to have time to get the story behind every picture, but you can get a few of your mother's favorite memories or grandpa's favorite memories through pictures. Pick the ones that are really funny or the ones where their eyes light up as they tell the tale. A picture is worth 1,000 words.

3. Structure is good. You will probably be glad you did your homework and you know what you want to ask when you meet with your parent or grandparent. You can always ask questions over the phone or email that tech-savvy grandparent with your questions. LifeBio's structure for example would have you ask about people in their lives, childhood memories and historical events, the real world of adulthood, and end with values, beliefs, life lessons, and more. You can gain access to the online biography template by clicking here.

4. Pick a quiet place for an interview. If your planning to use a video camera, you'll want to pick a quiet spot free of distractions for interviewing your parents or grandparents. If you are interviewing grandpa and the phone rings or someone walks in the room, it just takes away from the video. Post a sign on the door--do not disturb. Test your equipment and test the spot where you are recording. You want the video to show up well with the lighting in the room. LifeBio's Memory Journal and our Guide to Interviewing and Recording could help you know what to ask and how to conduct the interview.

5. Smile a lot and speak up. Your father, your mother, your grandfather, or your grandmother want to know that you are glad to be recording their stories. Also, be sure you are speaking loudly and clearly so you don't have to repeat questions. Mumbling is not a good idea when you are the interviewer. Have confidence in yourself and make sure they know how much you want these life stories told. You can help them do something important by recording grandma's life stories or grandpa's life stories for all time. This is a priceless gift to both of you--and it just might change your life!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

5 tips for writing an autobiography

Here's some great ways to get started with writing your autobiography or even writing a biography of a loved one. 
1) Talk about the people.  The people who shaped your life are going to be an important part of your story.  Parents, grandparents, siblings, close aunts and uncles....these are people worth writing about. 
2) Childhood memories are worth recording.  Your best friend, your favorite climbing tree, your school experiences, and your favorite TV shows.  All details that need to be captured....and you'll be surprised at how the process opens a door to more memories. Explore all your senses.
3) History has really touched your life.  No matter your age, there has been political events, wars, life-changing experiences, wonderful accomplishments in technology, and much more that have shaped history and your own life.  These need to be documented in your personal history (you're becoming your own personal historian!)--better than a history book. 
4) The real world of adulthood needs to be captured.  Love, marriage, children, grandchildren, pets, volunteerism, your favorite charities, and more.  What makes your grown up life great?  This is something that also deserves to be in your biography or the biography of a loved one. 
5) Bring it all together -- Be sure your values, beliefs, life lessons, and more are there for your family and friends to read today and in the future. Genealogy is great, but the essence of who you are needs to be recorded.  You and the people who came before you are worth remembering.   is a great resource if you need some help with a guided biography method.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

If I die app for Facebook

At LifeBio, we know people aren't sure where to start. What should that last message look like and say? We're not surprised to see the concept of an ethical will make its way into Facebook with the If I Die app.  You can record a video or a message that will be played after your gone.

But a short video message is just the beginning if you're going to share what matters most.  That's why is here to capture life through and through.  Asking the right questions so people can create a complete and lasting record.  Preserving relationships to last for generations.....and focused on LIFE not death.

LifeBio is also a great gift for birthdays, holidays, or when someone is facing a life-threatening illness.