An Immersive Creative Writing Experience
Unsure where to start? Oakwood Creative Care is here to help! Our dementia experts and partners at ALLE Learning have joined together to design an innovative new experience focusing on creative and cognitive stimulation, right from the comfort of your own home. With Engaging at Home, memories and experiences are brought from the past into the present through immersive, age-appropriate experiences meant to help families learn more about their loved ones as they learn and create together. Check out this free creative writing activity to start and access untapped potential for connection and creativity!
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Refer to the black and white photo on the left and share it with your loved one as the foundation for the story you will create. Take time to look over the photo together, gathering details and building on a narrative for the photo.
Work with your loved one to write your own personalized creative writing piece based around the subject in the photo. You can help to guide them through building the narrative by asking open-ended questions and writing down their responses to formulate the storyline. Ask thought-provoking questions like:
- Who are these people?
- What are their names?
- What are they doing?
- Where are they?
- How did they get there?
- When did this happen?
- What will they do after?
As the story builds, take time to stop every few questions to re-read what you have written down. Conversations in between might fall off topic, but that is okay! Use this as an opportunity to learn more about your loved one. Empowering the creative center of the brain encourages moments of memory recall as your loved one looks back into the stories of their own past to find details that might match with the new story you are creating together.
With an Engaging At Home membership, participants gain access to a full library of activity materials, Wellness & FItness videos for seniors, engaging and age-appropriate topics, unlimited access to all online materials, and a world of fun for caregivers and families, too.