Challenges and Sweet Surprises–Interviewing a Friend with Alzheimer’s

I was recently invited to write a guest post for an Alzheimer’s blog. https://memoriesfrommylife.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/more-about-a-chance-to-give-back-2/  The invitation was prompted by an experience I had interviewing a family friend who is in middle stage Alzheimer’s. I was attempting to record her stories as she reflected on some old family photographs. After posting the audio recordings and digital photos on www.Legacystories.org my friend’s family would be able to look at these family photos and hear their mom’s narration of what she recalled from the day the photos were taken. The experience offered some challenges and sweet surprises.

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.

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