November is National Family Stories month, a time to celebrate the value and historical significance of your family. Preserving family stories is not only a way to recognize and continue the legacies of loved ones, but also helps create a sense of community and trust among family members.
Your older adult has probably shared some sentimental stories about their childhood and upbringing at one point, so what better way to help keep those sacred memories alive than by creating a storybook or photo album for them to cherish? This serves as the perfect gift to be enjoyed by everyone in your family—especially future generations to come.
Below are four of the top memory and story-sharing products to try with your older adult. Although each item does cost, commemorating your family’s legacy is a priceless act that can be appreciated for a lifetime.
If you’re looking to create the perfect memory book for your senior loved one without having to craft it by hand, My Life in a Book could be the perfect option. Not only can your senior design the layout but they can also author it themselves, just like an autobiography. Every week, your older adult will be sent one personal question to answer about their life. They’re able to add as much detail as they want and even upload photos that go with the story. A variety of questions are sent over the course of a year, and once your senior loved one has submitted all of them, the books will be ready for delivery.
These photo albums can serve as a thoughtful gift for your older adult’s family members, especially if they’re struggling with Alzheimer’s or another memory-related disorder. My Life in a Book allows you to design a book with up to 428 pages for $79.
Searching for a digital photo frame that connects right to your phone or mobile device? Look no further: Not only is this device able to digitally display photos, but it also allows family and friends to join the same playlist, regardless of where they’re located, so everyone can pull up the same photo album to view in just a few seconds. Getting started is super easy: Just download the Nixplay app onto your phone and upload your photos and videos right to the app! The playlist option is perfect for holidays or special events, especially if your senior loved one isn’t able to spend that special moment with their close family.
Nixplay’s frame prices can range from about $99 to $269, each coming in a variety of styles and resolution displays. If your older adult is interested in accessing more tools and benefits, they can also sign up for Nixplay Plus. This membership costs $4.99 per month and includes bonuses such as a lifetime replacement warranty, 25% frame discounts, and even up to 50 gigabytes of cloud storage.
Chatbooks makes the perfect photo book option if your senior is looking for an affordable way to transfer photos right from their phone onto a book they can hold for a lifetime! These books are small and compact, and you can create your photo album based on a number of different layouts such as:
- Monthbooks – Whether it be a vacation or a collection of time spent together with loved ones, your senior will adore one of these books to cherish a month’s worth of memories. Each book can fill 30 pages worth of photos each month for only $10.
- Monthly Minis – If you enjoy the design of the Monthbooks but want to downsize even more, monthly minis are the perfect choice. Each book costs $7 and comes with free shipping.
- Classic Photo Books – If your senior is used to putting together a scrapbook or photo album by hand, they can save time and effort by doing it all digitally. Starting at $20, you can create up to 366 pages with the classic photo book option.
- Instagram and Facebook Series – Does your loved one like to post their personal photos on social media? If so, this book style might be the best choice. Just connect a Facebook or Instagram account to your Chatbooks app to instantly create a 60-page photo book.
Offered in a variety of colors, each photo frame comes in a sleek, modern design that will add a decorative feel to any room. Whether you have a lot of photos in landscape or portrait layout, Aura Home has frames designed to fit either size. Starting at $149, Aura Home offers a wide selection of frames in full HD or 2K display to really bring each picture to life. And with unlimited storage, your older adult can upload thousands of photos and videos all through the Aura Frames app.