The LifeBio concept was developed over time with feedback from older adults. LifeBio has organized, thought-provoking templates inside the web-based biography building system. Not only can the life story be captured, but it can also be previewed and printed from any iPad or PC. LifeBio asks the right questions in the right way --- getting to the heart of who a person is. With people who have mild cognitive impairment or the early stages of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, this is critical information to gather as it will help caregivers deeply know the people they care for. In fact, a pilot project has begin at the Mayo Clinic. It can also provide a connecting point for younger people who want to visit with older adults. They can create a short "About Me" in a matter of 30 minutes or a longer "Biography" using over 250 life story questions. LifeBio flexes with the needs and the background of the person being recorded. Also, multimedia such as photos, video, and audio can enhance the story even more. It is kept private and secure -- unless the older adult decides to share it with family and friends.
How do you communicate with your grandparents today? If you had the right questions to ask, do you think you would talk about their past experiences more? How can we reach more families and young people....who can help older loved ones get started on their stories?