Jan 21, 2012

Create a Life Map

It is amazing the interest it (Life Map) creates with most of the Carers.

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Jocelyn Delaney wrote:
Create a Life Map | Alzheimer's Reading Room
Jocelyn Delaney
As I mentioned in a previous post, Paul has a Life Map on his wall, along with lots of other photos.

The Life Map shows the names of our children, his siblings, major events in his life, the schools he went to. It is very well done.

I provided the information but the Home that he is in filled it out and provided relevant pictures, even to a flag of Papua New Guinea where we spent 2 years as volunteers back in the 80's.

It is amazing the interest it creates with 'most' of the Carers. It also makes them realise that Paul has led an interesting life and has not always been the way he is now.
Sounds like a very good idea to me. Thanks Jocelyn.

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This is a bit different than the Life Map Jocelyn is describing.

Step One:
Gather magazines and catalogues.

Step Two:
Go through the magazines and catalogues and pull out images, words and phrases that speak to you or evoke feelings.

Step Three:
Cut out these images and words.

Step Four:
Place your words and images on a large board in an way that feels right to you.

Step Five:
Paste the images on the board.

Step Six:
Review your Life Map and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What have I learned about myself from looking at my Life Map?
  • Do I see any patterns?
  • Does anything on my Life Map surprise me?
  • If I knew that all of the images and this Life Map would come in to my life, would I be OK with that?
  • Who do I need to become in order to fulfill the intentions on my Life Map?
  • Based on my Life Map, what quality will I commit to developing this year?
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