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, www.lifebio.com   and www.lifebio.com/health
Call 937-303-4576 or email info@lifebio.com

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 info@lifebio.com or visit www.lifebio.com

For more information on LifeBio's work in senior care and health care environments specifically, please visit www.lifebio.com/health .  You can also reminisce and help a personal family member by starting an autobiography or biography at www.lifebio.com. 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...   http://secure.lifebio.com

Friday, November 16, 2012

New LifeBio.com debuts just in time for the holidays

LifeBio is pleased to announce the launch of www.lifebio.com with a fresh new look and a simplified approach to capturing life stories, everyday moments, and family history with ease.
The new LifeBio.com 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.com.
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 www.lifebio.com. 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 http://www.lifebio.com and click SIGNUP or call 1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576. Email info@lifebio.com For unique gift ideas for parents or grandparents, visit our online store at http://secure.lifebio.com

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     www.lifebio.com
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 www.lifebio.com 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 www.lifebio.com/health or www.lifebio.com to learn more.  Call 937-303-4576 for details as well or email info@lifebio.com

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 www.lifebio.com, 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 www.LifeBio.com 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 www.lifebio.com 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 LifeBio.com.

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 www.lifebio.com and click the SIGNUP button.
Health care or senior care providers will find more information about becoming LifeBio Authorized at www.lifebio.com/health
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Veteran's Day Press Release