Psychological well-being has been closely linked to having a unifying life-story that communicates who you are.
Personal benefits of GAB include an increase in:
Energy and well-being
Appreciation of each other’s uniqueness
Feelings of connection
Positive views of others
Interest in previous activities and hobbies
Facility carers gain insights and show more interest in residents when reminded, through a storied Photo Book or Memory Poster, that the resident has a life story.
When mourning the loss of a loved one, browsing through their story is consoling. .
Stories begin to fade for people with dementia. Having their life story, particularly in visual form, can help them remember precious memories, promote conversation and has a calming effect.