Friday, September 27, 2013

2013 Best Gift Ideas for Seniors (Great Gifts for Financial Advisors and Estate Attorneys to Give to Clients)

Here are three great gift ideas for seniors:

1) A LifeBio.com Membership allows seniors or their family members to have a step-by-step process to record life stories.  You can even use it with people who are experiencing memory loss -- to capture what matters most before it is too late. 
http://secure.lifebio.com/p/24/lifebio-membership-gift-certificate-one-time-fee

2) A Memory Journal is a beautiful hardcover book that can be provided to your family member.  We've also provided these to financial advisors or estate attorneys to give to their most valued clients.  These retail for $19.95 (plus S&H) but there are bulk discounts available.   http://secure.lifebio.com/p/7/memory-journals

3) Let LifeBio do the work!  LifeBio will interview ANYONE over the phone. We spend about 90 minutes speaking with your family member, loved one, or client using LifeBio's carefully-crafted approach.  We send a beautiful folder containing multiple copies of the written life story. The audio recordings by phone are also provided on a USB drive.   Call 866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576 to learn more. 

For all the gift options above, please contact us at info@lifebio.com   or learn more by visiting http://secure.lifebio.com    -- thank you! 

Visit us at the AARP Life @ 50 Conference in Atlanta

There will be 3 opportunities to connect with LifeBio at the AARP Conference this coming week. 

1) LifeBio will have a VERY engaging exhibit showing the new LifeBio Studio app.  Come by and start video recording your biography.  It's easier than ever to use video with the webcam in the iPad....and LifeBio's process and questions guiding you every step of the way!  

2) I will be presenting with Dr. David Martin of UnitedHealthcare on the UnitedHealthcare stage from 12:30 to 1:15 on Friday, October 4th. 

3) I will be presenting on the AARP TEK stage on Friday, October 4th from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. The topic will be "Using Technology to Capture Your Own Life Stories & Your Family's Stories:  What's your story? What are ways that technology makes it easier to record and share?  Even if you are just starting to use computers, you can have fun capturing your own and your family's life experiences.

Hope to see you at AARP Life @ 50 Conference in Atlanta!   Stop by our booth and say hello!!!!

Beth Sanders
info@lifebio.com
937-303-4576

Become a Sponsor or Advertiser on www.lifebio.com

LifeBio is now accepting advertising and sponsorships from businesses that appeal to the 50+ market.  Because LifeBio works with over 100 senior care and health care providers, there will be exclusive advertising available to both national and local companies who are focused in on seniors and their family or professional caregivers.   Please contact us at 937-303-4574 or 937-303-4576 for more information on sponsorship/advertising pricing or email info@lifebio.com

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Choosing the Right Memory Book for You

You may be interested in a memory book for your mother, father, grandmother, or grandfather.  It may be a little daunting to know what to look for in a memory book.  Sometimes having some structure makes it easier to interview a parent or grandparent. Here are some things to watch for when choosing a memory book or memory journal:

1) How are the questions organized? Does it provide a clear structure to allow your loved one to cover all the major events of life? Does it make it easy for them to describe people that shaped their lives, memories from growing up, adulthood, and beliefs and values? These are all critical to building a complete life story. Topics like pets, volunteerism and philanthropy, friendship, and lessons through the years are all parts of life that can be written about.

2) Will the memory book evoke the kinds of things you as children or grandchildren really want to know? In other words, do the questions get to the core of WHO your mom or dad really is? Does it inspire them to reminisce more? Will the autobiography questions go deep enough? Some memory books might only provide two or three questions about your mother's parents, while the Memory Journal has fourteen questions on the topic of "Mother" alone.

3) Is the memory book asking positive or neutral questions? A memory book's questions should not be leading a person to answer in a negative way (although they can always choose how they will answer a question). For example, one memory book asked the question, "Did your mother hug you enough as a child?" This is not a very good question to ask. Even if your mother hugged you a lot, you start to ask yourself, "Did she hug me enough?" Instead, the Memory Journal asks you to... "Describe your mother to someone who has never met her." This is an example of a good, positive question.

4) Is there a next step? Can the memory book become something more? Families are typically interested in having a copy of a parent's or grandparent's memory book. Although the pages can always be copied and simply stapled or bound together, there are other ways to bring the story to a final form. For example, the Memory Journal's questions match those found at LifeBio.com so you can easily transfer information from the journal to the web. Next, one or multiple copies of leather, hardcover books can then be made from the person's story and distributed to family and friends.

 A memory book will bring out many things that don't come up in typical conversation. Sometimes,  asking the questions over the phone is a good way to go, especially if you live faraway from your mother or father. Don't miss out on the amazing things your older relatives have to share.

There's no time like the present and no better gift to the future.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

10 Activities To Do With Your Grandchildren

In this day and age, kids are so caught up in technology that you may feel like you're losing your grand kids. This doesn't have to happen, and it doesn’t mean you have to stop spending quality time with your grandchildren. There are plenty of fun activities that you and your grandchildren will enjoy! The following activities from Leah Ingram’s Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less, can help you reconnect and develop a better relationship with your grandchildren:

  • Create a shoebox treasure chest
  • Make a towel-roll cord organizer
  • Create hand-made greeting cards
  • Organize a toy-swap party with other grandparents and parents
  • Have a cooking party
  • Put on an old-fashioned sock puppet show
  • Take a trip to the library
  • Stay in for a movie night
  • Have a water balloon fight
  • Go out for a picnic (indoor picnics are fun on rainy days, too!)

While you're spending time with your grandchildren and getting to know them more, let them get to know you by sharing memories of your childhood with them. What games did you like to play? Where did you hang out? What was your favorite subject in school? Take it step further and go to Lifebio.com for more great memory recording materials. 

Monday, September 09, 2013

What If Everyone Had an Autobiography?

This is a unique time in history. Every man and woman has a voice. Their thoughts and opinions can be expressed for the world to read like never before. Everyone can easily have at least 15 minutes of fame. Now here's a revolutionary thought. What if everyone had an autobiography? What if you didn't have to be rich, famous, or unnaturally brilliant to have your own 50-page or 100-page book of stories, memories, life lessons, and values?  Imagine the impact that your life story could have on the life of your family or friends. Imagine that loved ones aren't just left with a short obituary and a tombstone---they actually know who you are, what you believed, and what you did in your lifetime.  Genealogists would  love more autobiographies, as they spend countless hours in libraries trying to figure out who their relatives are. By writing your own autobiography, you could make it easier for your descendents to figure out who you really were. You wouldn't be lost in the past. You wouldn't be that great-great-grandmother or father that no one knows anything about. Families would be able to open your own personal book and learn something new or gain a unique perspective on your life. The could gain strength and inspiration from you- someone who took the time to share.

Lifebio.com has easy do-it-yourself autobiography creation tools. We encourage family members to reminisce and record their stories.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Gift of an Autobiography

It may be an uncommon gift, but why not give your children and grandchildren your autobiography? Only about 6% of Americans leave a legacy behind them. Too few, too little, too late. Think about all the knowledge and stories that are lost! You can record your fascinating life stories and pass it on. It's so much better than a store bought gift that will soon be forgotten and lost in a drawer or the back of a closet. Get started today at www.lifebio.com. You can use the free Autobiography Template. It's fast and easy, and you're precious children will always remember your legacy.