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.